learn about our team and mission

How we got started

Paper Bridges is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization founded in 2017 by then high schoolers Emily Yuan and Rebecca Huang, who set out on a mission to help provide emotional support to orphans. Since then, Paper Bridges has sent letters to orphanages internationally from school chapters, projects, and individuals sharing their love from all around the world. 

We are firm believers that anyone can create a positive impact on the world, no matter their time and resources. Whether it is starting a chapter or project, donating, or just writing a single letter, your actions can have a lasting impact on a child's life. Our hope is to empower members of the community to work together to support orphans and vulnerable children around the world. 

Chapters and Orphanages

The contact of information of local and school chapters can be found on the map below. If you would like to join or partner with a chapter, please reach out to the chapter president at the email listed. No chapter in your area? Start a chapter or become a State/National President to join our Paper Bridges community.





Becca started Paper Bridges as a sophomore in high school. She is currently a sophomore at Yale University studying English and History of Art and enjoys cooking and reading in her free time.



Emily co-founded Paper Bridges and is a sophomore at Stanford University studying Computer Science and Economics. She's a strong advocate for youth social entrepreneurship and is the author of Beyond a Bake Sale.


As a professional fundraiser, Amy is passionate about aligning philanthropy with anti-oppression practices. For over 20 years, Amy has engaged communities in fundraising to reduce disparities in health outcomes for under-resourced populations; to provide economic opportunity through entrepreneurship; and to empower youth action to affect climate policy and issues affecting their global communities.

Amy Harris,

Director of Youth Investments at Peace First

Founder and president of consulting firm R.Clement.Creative, Inc., communications strategist R.C. “Bob” Dirkes is the award-winning producer and host of the Creating IT Futures Technologist Talk podcast. A trained journalist and speaker, Dirkes’ pragmatic approach and practical style enables content solutions that strike an engaging balance between standardization and customization.

R.C. “Bob” Dirkes,

Founder of R.Clement.Creative Inc


Christina 20+ years of experience as a leadership and executive coach at Accenture, Lee Hecht Harrison, and Compass Enterprises. Her work as been published in Fast Company, Forbes, The Huffington Post, Bloomberg’s Moneyish, and many more. Through her volunteer mentor coaching with 1871, Christina has developed and refined an effective business growth methodology that has helped 50+ tech entrepreneurs find success.

Christina Holloway,

Executive Coach at Compass Enterprises


Deepa has over 18+ years of experience across various industries and geographies. She currently heads the commercial team for the GE Healthcare Services business in South East Asia. She is passionate about driving positive change, innovation and D&I initiatives. She also leads the Diversity Network for GE Company in Singapore.

Deepa Renjen,

Growth Director at GE healthcare


David is working towards sharing insights based on leading global research representing the voice of 7,000,000,000+ people. He focus all his energy to make a positive impact on others at scale. He is also the founder of NextGen Latinx, a digital platform and collective that allows young Latinx professional & rising university students to connect to like-minded peers, mentors, and career resources

David Gloria,

Partnerships at Pew Research

How to help

Our organization would not exist without the hard work and contributions from our student leaders, volunteers, donors, and partners. We strive to create accessible opportunities for anyone to create meaningful impact in a child's life.