Bridging Lost Gaps
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Bridging Lost Gaps

The Bridging Lost Gaps Program (BLG) provides experiences that prepare young African-American males from Detroit for college and life after graduation. Those students accepted into the BLG program are offered opportunities to develop leadership skills and career goals. With encouragement from mentors and through community service activities, students are challenged to grow intellectually, spiritually, and personally.

BLG benefits include:Bridging Lost Gaps

  • Community support network (academic and social)
  • Access to University student resources
  • Career development opportunities
  • Summer Bridge Program (July – August)
  • Mentoring – peer and professional
  • Financial aid resources
  • Sense of belonging

Contact the Bridging Lost Gaps Office at 734-432-5672

 The Need

Too many African-American males aged 15-24 are either unemployed, incarcerated, or have been killed. BLG was created to save these young men from negative outcomes and provide them a bright future. Each year, Madonna University accepts 20-25 students to participate in the BLG program. The program achieved a 78.5 percent retention rate in its first two-years and multiple students made the Dean's List for their academic success in the classroom.


BLG students enjoy a safe, learning-centered college community so that they can reach their full potential. A support network of faculty, staff, and students provides encouragement and mentoring for each student throughout their experience at Madonna University.


Through partnerships with local and national companies, organizations, and governmental groups, this unique program offers meaningful opportunities to learn from industry and community leaders. Each student will complete an internship and can choose to be employed on campus.

 Next Steps

Apply early, as a limited number of students are accepted into the BLG program.

  • Apply for admission to Madonna University
    Complete a 300 word essay as part of the online application.
    Explain how you define student success and why college graduation is important to you.
  • Send your official high school transcript to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions, 36600 Schoolcraft Road, Livonia, MI 48150-1176
  • Submit a letter of recommendation with your application
  • An interview is also required for the BLG program
 BLG Student Expectations

Students who are accepted into the BLG program can look forward to the following:

  • Weekly meeting
  • Access to tutoring and academic support
  • Time for integrated prayer and reflection
  • Taking part in service-learning and community projects
  • Attending University events

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