Contact us if you have a specific question about how our program can work with your school or organization.
When can youth enroll in the program?
Most youth apply and enroll in their last year of high school or right after they finish. Out-of-school youth who meet eligibility requirements can also apply and enroll. Go to our LOCATIONS tab to see if you meet the program’s eligibility requirements.
What kind of jobs do most youth receive?
Jobs include those with national corporations and local small businesses. Some of our participants work in retail stores, hospitals, restaurants, hotels, offices, and distribution centers. Most youth work at least 15 hours per week and earn at least the minimum wage.
Do youth earn money?
Yes! We believe the best way to learn about work is through a real job that pays minimum wage or above. Bridges does not coordinate summer jobs, internships, or jobs with wage subsidies.
How long does the program last?
Program duration varies by individual. Most youth enroll in the program in the fall or winter of their senior year. We follow youth for a year after they are hired.
Does it cost anything to participate in Bridges?
There is no cost to the youth or their families to participate in Bridges. Bridges operates with fee-for-service contracts with school districts, vocational rehabilitation programs, human services agencies, and with grant awards made by corporations and foundations.
Do students have to apply to the program?
Yes. You can help a young person apply or you can refer a young person to the program. Contact the Bridges office closest to where you live, and someone there will help you get started. Not sure what office to speak to? Click here to connect with someone from the national office who can help.
How does Bridges ensure quality?
All Bridges programs operate with uniform standards. Each city commits to achieving annual placement and retention outcomes specified in local grants and contracts. Bridges solicits feedback from youth and the employers who hire them through electronic surveys. Survey results, which are consistently favorable, are monitored for trends, patterns, and suggestions for improvement. Bridges invites researchers to evaluate the program’s efficacy and publish articles about its methods and outcomes.
How do schools benefit from partnering with Bridges?
Since 1989, we have helped school districts with school-to-work transition services mandated by the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. We specialize in helping school districts improve employment outcomes for youth with disabilities who are about to graduate.
How can we get Bridges in our community?
Please contact us to discuss whether Bridges could be a good fit for your community.