"We but mirror the world."-Mohandas Gandhi
What we do...
The Stone Bridge Global Ambassadors club has refined its overall goals to include community service projects that have both a local and global impact such as the successful collections drive for Afghan refugees implemented in the fall of 2021.
Stone Bridge Global Ambassadors have also worked to raise awareness of the global problem of genocide by making morning announcements throughout the month of April to raise awareness and inform about actions everyone can take to regarding this issue. In April 2021 and again in April 2022, Stone Bridge Global Ambassadors invited partner schools to participate in our virtual Genocide Awareness programs and successfully helped inspire students and staff from the U.K., Norway, and South Korea to engage in the mission to honor victims of various acts of genocide, and to "never forget."
Stone Bridge Global Ambassadors have done all this since the club formed in 2019, members have established friendships with students around the world, some of which, will undoubtedly last a lifetime.
Since 2019, Stone Bridge Global Ambassadors have established partnerships with:
Vestfossen ungdomsskole, Vestfossen, Norway
Rokeby School, London, U.K.
Areum High School, Sejong City, South Korea
If you are interested in learning from other students about their life in other parts of the world, and you would like to discuss global problems and possible solutions, join us! Please fill out this interest form.
Global Ambassadors is a club that works to prepare for the Loudoun International Youth Leadership Summit (LIYLS) is led by Dominion High School. LIYLS is a County wide event at the end of every school year. Schools across the county work together to host students and run the Summit.
In March 2022, Stone Bridge was represented at LIYLS for the first time, with four Stone Bridge Global Ambassadors participating.
2022-23 Club Officers
- Megan Helge, President
- Alexander Lloyd, Vice President
- Saoirse O'Hair, Fundraising Officer
- Miranda Ridgley Outreach Officer
- Kylie Jackson, Activities and Multicultural Festival Representative
What's going on in 2022-23?
We have big plans, including new partnerships with:
Fællesskolen Favrdal-Fjelstrup Favrdal, Haderslev, Denmark
EPID Dunkerque, Lycée Privé Scientifique Technologique et Professionnel
Lycée Fernand Darchicourt, Hénin-Beaumont, France
Lycée Blanche de Castille, Villemomble, France
Hiratsuka Konan Senior High School, Kanagawa, Japan
High School Istituto Tecnico Industriale Giovanni Giorgi, Brindisi, Italy
We will also continue are on-going relationships with Rokeby School, U.K., and Vestfossen ungdomsskole, Vestfossen, Norway; we will continue to raise awareness for refugees, and genocide victims; and we plan to fundraise for a spring Washington, D.C. field trip to Embassy Row.
We will collaborate with the Stone Bridge World Language Department, and Minority Student Council and Girl Up club to develop our school's first multicultural festival.
We will schedule monthly before-school Google Meets with students and teachers from these schools throughout the school-year for discussions. We also plan to collaborate on their participation in the
1st Stone Bridge Multicultural Festival on March 9, 2023.
Our club president and vice president use Flipgrid to describe our American suburban environs to our Areum High School, South Korean friends.
Our Areum High School partners used Flipgrid to produce a cartoon they wanted to share about pollution.
A few images of past activities and Google Meets with international students!
The 2022 Loudoun International Youth Leadership Summit (LIYS) was conducted virtually, with over 100 students from 8 different countries participating from Saturday, March 20th through Wednesday, March 24th. Four Stone Bridge Global Ambassadors were either participants or leaders of international student group discussions of global issues. New ideas were exchanged and new friends were made!
Unfortunately, due to COVID-19, we were unable to host our exchange student in March. Luckily, our funds raised last year will roll over into this year's activities. Since everything is so unpredictable at the moment, we are unable to anticipate exactly what will be on the horizon for us. Nonetheless, the year proved eventful as we adapted to virtual participation we were fortunate to develop a partnership with the Rokeby School in London, England, and we established pen pal communications with students in Kolding, Denmark; Antalya, Turkey; Nagasaki, Japan; and Viseu, Portugal.
During the height of the pandemic's school closures, Stone Bridge Global Ambassadors found unique and fun ways to make new partnerships and share their daily life experiences and American culture via virtual conferences, vlogs, and emails with students abroad!
During out first year...
In November 2019 we began talks with schools in Hungary, Pakistan, and Indonesia. Due to unforeseen events Pakistan and Indonesia were unable to participate in the Loudoun International Youth Leadership Summit.
With Hungary confirmed communications between our schools intensified. There were 4 students who planned to attend through our school. In January the students from our club and the Hungarian students began exchanging introductory emails.
In late January we began communicating with the Hungarian Diplomatic party. We invited them to a club fundraising dinner at Clyde's. Ambassador Dr. Zsofia Koncz and a few other members of the party were able to join us. The dinner was a huge success, and we formed a lasting relationship with the Embassy.
After the Embassy dinner we were invited to attend lunch at the Hungarian Embassy in DC. Unfortunately, due to COVID-19 and the shutdown we were unable to attend lunch.
As the COVID-19 situation got worse the Loudoun International Youth Leadership Summit was cancelled.