Many years ago I was featured in a promotional video by the Marriott Bridges Foundation about the “Bridges from School to Work” program. The Bridges program helps students with disabilities by preparing them for workforce needs through a one-on-one course. To this date, it’s still one of my favorite programs and videos. This video features a high school student Emmanuel Gala being interviewed by my colleague Nancy Johnson and myself at SOMA Orthopedics. This video is very heart-warming, and I have the greatest respect for this program.
Bridges from School to Work was established in 1989 by the Marriott Foundation to enhance employment opportunities for young people with disabilities by effectively matching them to employers’ entry-level workforce needs.
The Bridges staff, working one-on-one with young people, aids their transition from high school, helping them to successfully enter the workforce and find a job that fits their interests and abilities, while planning for long term vocational growth.
Currently, Bridges from School to Work provides businesses with customized job placement and workforce development solutions, which enhances both productivity and workforce diversification. With a strategic approach and two decades of experience, the program has a demonstrated record of success with more than 3,500 employers and 16,000 youth served.