Dupree-St. Louis Exchange Program
The Dupree-St. Louis exchange program inspired the foundation of Bridge Builders STL. Our goal as an organization is to continue to create exchange programs that connect young people from different backgrounds and beliefs to build healthy communities. We use cultural immersion, leadership workshops, and intercultural place-based learning to provide a creative space for our leaders of tomorrow. Please see the video below to see first hand the impact our programs have.
Build of the program: 2-week program. The first week is spent in Dupree, SD with our partner the Sioux YMCA and the second week the whole team from St. Louis and Dupree travels to stay at Webster University in St. Louis, MO
Showcasing Team Member's Projects
After our exchange programs, BBSTL encourages team members to continue their reflection on their experience by creating a project of their choosing. This project is supposed to be representative of their creative passions and tie into what they learned or experienced on the exchange program.
Below are pictures from our most recent event, where we gave a place for our team members to speak and to showcase their projects. Please also see below for projects from the 2019 St. Louis-Dupree Exchange Program.
2nd Annual Run for Dupree
Our second annual Run for Dupree took place on April 27th, 2019 at Affton High School. We had an opportunity again to see a community come together for one cause. We raised over 8,000 dollars for our St. Louis-Dupree exchange program happening June of 2019. Not only did we complete a 5K Run and a Family 1 Mile Walk/Run, but we also had raffle baskets, and our local artists selling their art at the event. We would like to again thank all of our sponsors, runners, volunteers, and other community members that came out to support!
1st Annual Run for Dupree
On April 14th, 2018 at Mesnier Primary School, the St. Louis community came together to raise funds for our upcoming project, the St. Louis-Dupree exchange program. The Bridge Builders team worked in tandem with students from Affton High School and the team at Fleet Feet Sports. Although this event was a first for many, the event raised close to $2,500 for our exchange program! We see it as a major success not only for the funds raised but also as another opportunity for a community to come together for a cause.