Send Youth to Build Bridges in the Middle East

$8,946 $8,054
Raised Remaining


Twelve teens from Denver, CO plan to travel to the Middle East to build bridges of mutual respect across a global divide, conducting service alongside youth in local communities. Please Help!

What is the issue, problem, or challenge?

Stereotypes, lack of information, and misleading media often distort youth’s views of other cultures and religions, especially between the West and Middle East. Continuing to reinforce negative biases without opportunities to interact with one another and hear differing perspectives will deepen the schism between us. Leadership that does not directly engage youth and their communities often results in ineffective and/or misguided solutions that do not represent the needs of those most affected.

How will this project solve this problem?

American students will walk & serve side by side with local youth, experiencing their cultures & perspectives firsthand. Shattering misconceptions and revealing our common humanity, youth leaders will bridge diverse communities.

Potential Long Term Impact

Inspired to create change in their own communities, youth will continue to foster cross-cultural relationships, plan joint service projects and future trips. This transformational journey will enrich youth participants’ world views for a lifetime.

Funding Information

Total Funding Received to Date: $8,946

Funding Information

This project is now in implementation and no longer available for funding. Received funds will be used to accomplish concrete objectives as indicated in the project's "Activities" section. Updates will be posted under the "Project Report" tab as they become available.

Donors' contributions and pledges to this project totaled $8,946 .  The original project funding goal was $17,000.

Additional Documentation

This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).


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Combined with other sources of funding, this project raised enough money to fund the outlined activities and is no longer accepting donations.

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Project Leader

Cate Malek

Development Coordinator
Cambridge, MA United States

Where is this project located?

Map of Send Youth to Build Bridges in the Middle East