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Phone: 206-925-5300
601 N 34th st.
Getty Images Building

Washington 98103

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Geographic areas served: International

Bridges to Understanding empowers and unites youth worldwide, enhances cross-cultural understanding and builds global citizenship through the art of storytelling and the use of digital technology.

Humanitarian photographer Phil Borges founded Bridges to Understanding in 2001 to give youth around the world the tools to share their vision, hopes and dreams. Bridges connects hundreds of middle and high school students in the northwest United States with their peers in South Africa, India, Guatemala, Peru and other countries through teacher-guided online dialogues, curriculum-based programs and the creation and sharing of digital stories. Students from radically different backgrounds across the globe get a unique opportunity to learn directly from each other, ask questions about each others lives, and ultimately develop cross-cultural understanding and creative problem solving.

We envision a harmonious, inter-connected world in which youth are actively engaged as responsible global citizens.

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Bridges to Understanding realizes its mission by enabling youth to craft and share their stories with each other and the world. By leveraging a centuries old medium, storytelling, with 21st century technology, Bridges to Understanding puts the power of the story in the hands of the storyteller and ... more »
Bridges to Understanding is tapping into an essential 21st century need, Global citizenship! In this techno/ internet era the world is shrinking and more and more we are having to interact as global citizens. Giving our kids the tools and skills to appreciate and understand other cultures and ... more »
Bridge's school program bring so much to the students. First, they are challenged to be more thoughtful about society, culture, environment, etc.. The kids are planted with seeds to become more engaged citizens. Second, by seeing the stories from kids around the world and interact with them online... more »
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