Our Story

The Bridge Builders Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization incorporated in 1998, as the Zeta Rho Foundation. The founding members were all members of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., (Zeta Rho Chapter). Initially, the foundation sponsored an annual scholarship event, and various community uplift and health education events.

In 2005, the foundation was tasked to design and develop supportive programs to supplement existing resources and address service delivery deficits in the African American and other communities of color. Over the years, these programs continued to grow, and in 2016, the name was changed to the Bridge Builders Foundation to reflect a broader focus and a more inclusive community engagement objective.

The Bridge Builders Foundation now serves over 600 youth and young adults annually through one of our three (3) targeted programs and serves several hundred additional community members through its targeted community education initiatives.


The Bridge Builders Foundation’s mission is to remove the barriers of race, poverty, ignorance, and despair through mentoring, educational support, health care awareness, and community uplift.

Our Team

When passionate, purposeful, and committed people come together, the possibilities are limitless. The mobilization of human and social capital, and shared aspirations, intellect, and thought to create a movement. A movement that changes lives, uplifts communities and expands human possibilities.

Bridge Builders Foundation has emerged as a vehicle for change, and a platform for collective community engagement. Nowhere is this better evidenced than in our pool of talented leaders and volunteers, who work tirelessly to do more, for more.

1998 Zeta Rho Foundation
Partners with Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. (Zeta Rho Chapter) for Scholarship Initiative
Ernest E. Just Marine Camp starts as a one-day activity at Bolsa Chica Conservancy
Mentoring Program is formalized at Willowbrook Middle School in Compton, VA
EE Just Camp is expanded to 3-weekend summer program
EE Just Camp is expanded to include year-round Saturday Science
Zeta Rho Foundation Launches It’s New Youth Saturday Science Academy
Zeta Rho Foundation to Celebrate 32nd Annual Salute & Scholarship Program
The Zeta Rho Foundation is Now Bridge Builders Foundation
Bridge Builders Foundation Selected As Part of Honda STEM Collaborative
Bridge Builders Foundation to Award $73,000 in College Scholarships to African American Men
UCSD/Scripps Institute Partnership with the Los Angeles Urban League (5 day camp on campus)
SCHOLARS Program expanded to provide over $200,000 in scholarships
Expansion Contracts with LAUSD and LBUSD to mentor additional schools
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