UNION, NJ - Over spring break, four Union High School Peer Ambassadors accompanied School Counselor Patricia Bridges to Caberete Republica Dominicana to work with the Empowering Girls Service Learning Opportunity.  The group worked with Mariposa, a Non-profit Organization that educates, empowers and works to employ young women who have graduated from their program. 

The ambassadors from UHS worked together with a group from Boston to help the girls beautify the Mariposa Center and interact with the Mariposa girls in preparation for their Earth Day Celebration on April 22, 2017. 

Union High School’s Peer Ambassadors Leadership Program was first established in 2012, as the Peer Mentors Program. The program’s purpose was to have students serve as mentors to incoming freshmen.  Since that time, the program has become a full Leadership Program, under the direction of Bridges. 

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The program provides a place where students realize the leader within them by offering opportunities to exercise innovation, initiative and strength-based leadership. Since its establishment, the number of Peer Ambassadors has grown from twenty-five mentors to over one hundred and fifty. 

In 2015, Bridges contacted EF Tours (Education First) regarding an International Service Learning trip for the Peer Ambassadors. They joined with groups from New York and Virginia to work with the Environmental School in Jarabacua Republica Dominicana.

Bridges will continue in her passion to educate adolescents through global travel and service learning.  She will be traveling again in 2019, giving families and students over a year to financially plan and emotionally prepare for this global and life-changing experience.