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Bridges to Understanding
September 30, 2010

Bridges has been very effective in employing its creative mission of student-created digital stories as a way of driving cross-cultural education. I participated in a two-week workshop in South Africa. I worked with a group of five students to identify something that was important to them that they wanted to communicate to the world -- and then we built the digital story and populated it with photographs and audo to make it real. The story that we created about the impact of their environment on their health was made available on the Bridges website and turned into a book -- check out http://www.blurb.com/bookstore/detail/480174. The concept of using these stories to teach cross-cultural concepts and education is something that Bridges does very well.

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

South Africa and a number of schools in the Seattle area. I've seen the digital stories that students have prepared -- and I've seen the impact on students of the shared stories.

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

the smiles on the faces of the students in South Africa that I helped to build their story.

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

engaged, open, honest, committed, and excited about the ways that they can contribute to this mission.

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

Grow to cover all regions of the world and increase the number of important stories that students want to use to educate the world on what is important to them.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

MY ROLE:
Volunteer & As a volunteer, I participated on a 2-week workshop in South Africa and, following that, joined the board.