Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Bridges Beyond Borders

One of my favorite things about living here in the future is the sense of community fostered by things like, well, blogs. There are plenty of horror stories about how social media has impacted our lives, but there are many ways that our lives have been enriched too. Let me give you an example. I "met" Lindsay on the handmade and vintage commerce site Etsy when I bought something from her shop. I liked her sense of style, so I started following her blog and her Twitter feed. Which is good, because otherwise I would have never found out about the fledgling nonprofit she is starting up, called Bridges Beyond Borders.

Bridges Beyond Borders mission is mentoring young refugees. Transitioning to life in the US can be very difficult. This organization aims to make it a bit easier. It pairs college students with refugee children, with the goal of aiding the kids academically and socially. Want to learn more? You can visit the official Bridges Beyond Borders blog, follow their Twitter feed, or check out their Facebook

See, living here in the future is kinda cool. I would have never known about this worthy organization if it wasn't for social media. And I certainly wouldn't have been able to tell you about it! Bridges Beyond Borders indeed.


  1. Sounds like a very cool organization, thanks for sharing!

  2. That is a really good idea - kudos to Bridges Beyond Borders! My dad was the child of U.S. Foreign Service parents and he had an awful time when he came back to high school in the U.S. after being born and growing up overseas. I know it must be far more difficult for refugee kids!

    P.S. I think social media is great (1) in moderation (which is a good idea for most things) and (2) your personal purposes (I have a lot more I could say about this based on a family member's experience on Facebook - but I won't!)

  3. C - Thank you SO much for sharing this with your readers. I cannot possibly tell you how much I appreciate it!!! You're absolutely wonderful.

    - Lindsay

  4. So many good people and ideas and organizations and etc etc etc have come into my life via social media. The negatives don't even rate a mention.

  5. Thanks Vegan!

    Tatty, I totally agree!

    Lindsay, you're the one doing the great job. What a wonderful thing to start!

    Mishkat, so true.

  6. Fascinating and a great cause. I love the connections we can all make every day. Before the internet, I used to have fantasies about ways to connect, not to mention, I was frustrated that we didn't have something like links in written text. Now we have them :)


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