Welcome to the new Building Bridges blog!
We want to invite you, our friend/supporter/participant/alumni/community member, into our organization in as many ways as we can. Our monthly newsletter comes right to your inbox, our Facebook and Twitter accounts help us hear back from you on thoughts and events on a daily basis, and our new website gives you more detailed information about all of it.
This blog offers a more intimate look inside the organization, with at least monthly updates from staff about what’s happening with the program, and from participants and alumni about their experiences. We’ll also be sharing our Building Bridges perspective on what’s happening in the world.
You’ll be able to access the blog from our homepage at www.BuildingBridgesShift.org, and we’ll let you know on Facebook and Twitter when there’s a new post.
Please let us know what you are thinking!
Erin and Jen
Erin Breeze, Executive Director (on Maternity Leave)
Jen Sarché, Acting Executive Director
Welcome to the new Building Bridges blog!
Your support allows us to include exceptional young people in our programs, regardless of their ability to pay.
Building Bridges is not a fee-based program, we provide full funding for the majority of our participants. You can help make this life-changing experience possible for more deserving teens. Please join us by sponsoring a participant.
The participants are drawn from four “home groups,” with participants from different political perspectives, ethnic, religious, and class backgrounds.
- Metro Denver: (14 girls) We are excited to announce that all of our U.S. participants will be coming from the Metro Denver area – members of this group of young women hail from rural Greeley to urban Denver and beyond.
- Israeli Jewish: (12 girls) The Israeli home group is mostly Jewish, and varies in their political perspectives and religious observance.
- Palestinian/Arab Israeli: (11 girls) This home group is drawn from Arabic speakers, including Palestinian, Druze, Bedouin, and other groups who live inside of Israel.
- Palestinian: (10 girls) This home group includes Muslim and Christian young women, and at this time the participants come from East Jerusalem and cities and towns in the West Bank.
What are the costs?
$3,500 is the cost per participant for one program year: August 2013 – July 2014.
This includes both the summer intensive held in Colorado and programming conducted in their home communities throughout the school year.
$2,000 covers the full cost of the residential summer intensive in Colorado: August 2-18
$1,000 covers all room and board costs for one participant
$800 provides program supplies and facilitation costs for one participant
$235 supports mentoring and support from a trained program alum
$106 covers the summer visual arts enrichment program for one participant
$85 sponsors one night of room and board for one participant
$57 supports the summer cross-cultural music program for one participant
$1,500 funds year-round programming in participants’ home communities: September – July
$350 supports participation in a cross-community weekend retreat
$45 covers the cost to attend a home group meeting
We are thrilled to embrace ‘Building Bridges’ as the name under which we operate, as we believe it speaks to the core of what we do.
Our best-known program, Building Bridges for Peace, which participants have shortened to ‘Building Bridges’ for years, has often been confused with our former organizational name, Seeking Common Ground. Changing the name in this way allows us to communicate more clearly and powerfully about our work.
To help us amplify the impact of our new name, we also have a new look. We believe our new logo represents us in a very deep way. When we look at the new logo we see movement and expansion, creativity, and the kaleidoscope of the people that we serve. And, maybe most importantly, it is in itself a perspective exercise. Among our staff and board, we all see different things, dialogue boxes, faces, gears, little people reaching out, and we hear new interpretations of it every day.
The new name and look have been well-received by supporters and alumni, and is one of several outcomes of a strategic planning process completed in 2012, that was undertaken by the board and staff, with input from participants, alumni and other key stakeholders.