Hands for a Bridge

Hands for a Bridge provides high school youth in Seattle Washington, Cape Town South Africa and Londonderry Ireland with opportunities to explore issues surrounding social justice in their local, regional and international communities. In collaboration with established partners, students engage in intensive artistic dialogue to build bridges of understanding across chasms of race, culture, class and privilege. These student leaders will emerge as transformed global citizens with vision and resources to affect vital change in our world.

Hands for a Bridge
3042 NE 94th St.
% Thomas Nolet
Seattle, WA 98115
United States
206-501-5525
http://handsforabridge.org

Management Team

Riana P Nolet, Emily McGrath

Board of Directors

Tom Nolet, Peter Davenport, Miriam Doyle, Peg Maas, Laurie Mann, Janet Miller, Diane Murray, Meera Narayanan, Janine Magidman

Project Leaders

Riana Nolet

Mission

Hands for a Bridge provides high school youth in Seattle Washington, Cape Town South Africa and Londonderry Ireland with opportunities to explore issues surrounding social justice in their local, regional and international communities. In collaboration with established partners, students engage in intensive artistic dialogue to build bridges of understanding across chasms of race, culture, class and privilege. These student leaders will emerge as transformed global citizens with vision and resources to affect vital change in our world.

Programs

* Established class at Roosevelt High School: Students meet daily as scholars, artists, teachers and activists. The course focuses on aspects of social justice, using the arts and literature as lenses through which critical questions may be examined. Enthusiastically attended programs in Ireland and South Africa have different schedules but the same goals. * South African student exchange: Students from different cultural, racial, and economic backgrounds meet, laugh and create new pathways through art, music and poetry. American students attend classes at Isilimela Comprehensive School (in a former township outside of Cape Town) and Bellville High School in Bellville, a formerly "whites only" suburb of Cape Town. South African students stay with American families, attend classes at Roosevelt High School and visit a variety of Seattle schools. * Northern Ireland student exchange: Oakgrove College in Derry/Londonderry Ireland hosts our group and reciprocates with visits. Oakgrove is an integrated school, open to both Catholic and Protestant students, in a country where education has been divided. Our shared mission is to outreach to others, to find common ground through the arts, to open up dialogue and to resolve conflict peacefully.

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