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BridgeUP is the New York Public Library's innovative program that supports NYC teens reach their academic and developmental potential. From the 8th grade through high school graduation, BridgeUP provides its students with long-term mentorship, daily academic support, and access to engaging learning opportunities that foster academic independence, critical thinking, collaboration, and creativity. It is the collective impact of these resources that help our Scholars graduate from high school with a vision for their future, as well as the skills and mindset necessary for continued success.


Looking to pursue your passions, connect with amazing people, and create unforgettable experiences? Learn about BridgeUP activities, field trips, special events, and more. 

"I learned that you should open yourself up to more activities and new things because you never know if you can succeed in them."  
— Maria, BridgeUp Scholar, Class of 2018


Learn More About BridgeUP!



During the school year, BridgeUP is open Monday –Thursday, from 3 to 7 PM. During the summer, program hours vary. 


Students interested in applying to BridgeUP must complete the BridgeUP Student Application.  Once completed, the applicant should submit his/her application to the BridgeUp Fellow at one of the following NYPL locations:

9th Grade Applicants:

10th & 11th Grade Applicants:

After review, eligible students will be invited for an interview.


BridgeUP staff convenes to review and discuss each application, and they consider a number of factors when making decisions. In addition to reviewing a student’s application materials and their presentation in the interview, BridgeUP pays close attention to how well a student’s needs fit into the overall scope and mission of the Program and how well that student might perform within a particular group of peers. Once admission decisions have been made, students and guardians will be notified of admission status.


Participation comes with a set of expectations, requirements, and responsibilities. These expectations and responsibilities are clearly reviewed and discussed prior to program enrollment. Good program attendance is one of the most important factors that contribute to the success of each student and the program as a whole. 10th-12th graders are required to come to program at least 2 days a week.

BridgeUP is Growing- Get Involved!

Are you passionate about helping New York City teens develop their greatest potential? Do you have what it takes to motivate, excite, and inspire teens to dream big and work hard?

If so, then BridgeUP needs YOU!  BridgeUP is recruiting smart, engaging, and caring individuals to join its team.  

  • Learn more about current and future employment opportunities with BridgeUP (part-time & full-time positions available)
  • Learn more about becoming a volunteer with BridgeUP

For more information, email or call 212-592-7572.

The NYPL BridgeUP program has been made possible thanks to the generous support from the Helen Gurley Brown Revocable Trust.