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Bridges to Understanding
September 30, 2010

My experience working wtih Bridges both in Seattle and Internationally was so inspiring - the greatest aspect is now focused the Bridges staff is on really engaging the kids in telling their own stories in their own voices. From stories by the Aki Kurose students about the student's personal experiences with urban poverty and homelessness, to the Guatemalan students' story of one student's future aspirations, to the Tibetan Children's school story of personal courage and mentoring by a nun and former political prisoner, it was so exciting to see how passionate each group became as they learned new ways to tell their own stories.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

The "film festivals" where the students share their digital stories are so inspiring: amazing to see them stand on stage and convey their stories to a wider audience.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the passion and excitment of the students who get the chance to tell their own stories!

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

The staff do an amazing job of stretching their resources to cover so many bases and reach such a wide group of kids. The staff also do a great job orchestrating the many volunteers with varying skills and interests.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

overcome our cultural communication gap: lay the foundation for world peace through greater cross-cultural understanding.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

MY ROLE:
Volunteer & I was a volunteer mentor with Bridges at Aki Kurose Middle School in Seattle in 2007&2008;and also traveled with Bridges to Santiago Aitlan Guatemala in 2007 and the Tibetan Children's Village in Dharmsala India as a volunteer mentor. I assisted students.