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Bridges From School to Work Inc.

Transforming the lives of youth with disabilities through the power of a job.

Bethesda, MD   |  http://www.bridgestowork.org

Mission

Bridges from School to Work is singularly dedicated to transforming the lives of young adults through the power of a job. In its first quarter century it has worked with some 21,000 youth to that end. Respected, validated by research, and highly effective in the twelve communities in which it operates, Bridges currently serves about 1,000 young people a year. Bridges works to provide early, real-world work experience; a social network with caring adults that encourage employment; a job that matches employer's needs with an individual's interests and skills; and natural workplace supports that encourage participation in the social structure of the workplace.

Ruling year info

1990

Executive Director

Mr. Tad Asbury

Main address

7750 Wisconsin Avenue

Bethesda, MD 20814 USA

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EIN

52-1655740

NTEE code info

Employment Procurement Assistance and Job Training (J20)

Services to Promote the Independence of Specific Populations (P80)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

According to the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Education Programs, nearly 400,000 students with disabilities leave the public school system each year. For the first time, these young adults step into a world unsupported by special education programs and resources. Many young adults with disabilities turn to the workforce, and like their peers, hope to carve their own path toward self-sufficiency and personal fulfillment. Unfortunately, many of these young adults will have difficulty making the transition from high school to the adult workforce. Young adults cut off from the labor market face long-term disadvantages, including bouts of unemployment, homelessness, or reliance on public assistance. Bridges from School to Work is a nationwide solution to help disadvantaged young adults overcome obstacles, build confidence, and realize their potential as contributing members of the workforce.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Bridges From School to Work

The Bridges From School to Work program places young people with disabilities who have recently exited, or are preparing to exit, high school in jobs with local employers.  With a long term focus on career development, the program continues to work with these youth after placement to help them grow and advance on the job.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents
People with disabilities

Where we work

External assessments

Evaluated via the Impact Genome Project (2019)

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Percent of customers reporting satisfaction with program

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

People with disabilities

Related Program

Bridges From School to Work

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

We began surveying our participants via email and text messaging using Survey Monkey in 2016.

Percent of participants who would recommend program to others

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

People with disabilities

Related Program

Bridges From School to Work

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

We began surveying our participants via email and text messages in 2016.

Number of new businesses signed on as employers in the last year

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

People with disabilities

Related Program

Bridges From School to Work

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Since 1989, Bridges participants have been placed at more than 5,400 different employers. 35% of those employers have hired more than one Bridges youth.

Number of participants employed for 90 days

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

People with disabilities

Related Program

Bridges From School to Work

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Since 1989, more than 15,000 participants have been employed for at least 90 days (69% of those placed).

Number of participants employed for 180 days

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

People with disabilities

Related Program

Bridges From School to Work

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Since 1989, close to 11,000 participants have been employed for at least 180 days (50% of those placed, 72% of those who reached 90 days).

Number of participants enrolled

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

People with disabilities

Related Program

Bridges From School to Work

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Since 1989, more than 27,000 participants have been enrolled in the Bridges program.

Number of participants placed in employment

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

People with disabilities

Related Program

Bridges From School to Work

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Since 1989, close to 22,000 Bridges participants have been placed in competitive employment.

Dollars donated to support advocacy efforts

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

People with disabilities

Related Program

Bridges From School to Work

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Amounts reflect donations raised at annual Bridges fundraiser held every June in Washington DC.

Number of organizational partners

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

People with disabilities

Related Program

Bridges From School to Work

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Public School Districts in Atlanta, Baltimore, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Fort Worth, Los Angeles, New York City, Oakland, Philadelphia, San Francisco, and Washington, DC.

Number of program sites

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Bridges From School to Work

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Program Sites include: Atlanta, Baltimore, Boston, Chicago, Dallas/Fort Worth, Los Angeles, New York City, San Francisco and Oakland, Philadelphia and Washington, DC.

Average hours per week per participant

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

People with disabilities

Related Program

Bridges From School to Work

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Average hours per week per participant at time of placement

Average hourly wage per week per participant

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

People with disabilities

Related Program

Bridges From School to Work

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Average hourly rate per participant at time of placement

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

The Bridges from School to Work program is singularly dedicated to transforming the lives of young adults with disabilities through integrated, competitive, entry-level jobs.
Bridges works to provide early, real-world work experience; a social network with caring adults that encourage employment; a job that matches employer's needs with an individual's interests and skills; and natural workplace supports that encourage participation in the social structure of the workplace.
Numbers, while important, are often overestimated. Bridges is focused on moving from simply tracking the sheer numbers of youth served in a year to ensuring the fidelity of transition services provided.

The organization will center all efforts on five key areas:
- Invest in our People: We will provide the best possible training to our Bridges team members to ensure they provide the best possible services to youth and employers. This includes extensive e-learning modules that give team members the tools and knowledge necessary to succeed.
- Fund our Growth: We will build our financial capacity and diversify revenue streams to support our expansion. Our annual gala is our biggest fundraising effort and sets a benchmark for years to come.
- Tell our Story: Bridges will work to deliver powerful messages in ways that inspire others to support the Bridges mission. We are embracing multiple social platforms and are working to post engaging, relevant information that tells the Bridges story.
- Expand our Student Base: We will develop new and innovative ways to bring the Bridges experience to more young adults. Through grants and increased funding we are increasing the number of young adults that can be served throughout the country.
- Build New Employer Models: Bridges with continue to work with businesses to craft enhanced partnerships. As the Bridges program grows, team members are continually reaching out and creating mutually beneficial relationships with local employers. These relationships facilitate employment for Bridges youth and fulfill the needs of the employer.

A major driving force in accomplishing the goals of Bridges comes from the work of Employer Representatives (ERs). These team members visit local high schools and work with Special Education employees to recruit potential participants. Along with recruiting, they conduct intake and assessment, determine eligibility and enroll students.
After a student is enrolled, ERs then teach the student an assortment of job readiness and employability skills. These include job searching, completing job applications, preparing resumes, coping with conflict, using public transportation, time management and other soft skills.
ERs are also responsible for job developing and maintaining relationships with local employers. They work to find out what employers need and match those needs with a student's skills and employment goals.
Our employees are trained using a comprehensive e-learning curriculum that teaches the skills necessary to be an effective Bridges team member. This training is a necessary portion of the research-backed Bridges model.
Bridges has been working to transform the lives of young adults with disabilities for over 26 years. Our leadership, staff and Bridges model create a solid groundwork upon which we can work now and work to be better in the years to come.

Since its establishment in 1989, Bridges from School to Work has served over 24,000 young adults, with more than 19,800 placed in competitive, unsubsidized employment.
Each year, the Bridges from School to Work program works with more than 1,000 students. Bridges works with over 4,900 employers annually in offices around the country to provide jobs to a highly underemployed demographic.
Central to the Bridges strategic plan is to serve 1,500 youth annually and to expand into new cities around the country to bring Bridges services to those that need it most.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We act on the feedback we receive

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, It is difficult to identify actionable feedback

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Bridges From School to Work Inc.

Board of directors
as of 01/24/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Richard Marriott

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I. King Jordan

Former president of Gallaudet University

Richard E. Marriott

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Jimmie Walton Paschall

Debbie Harrison

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Ellen Mardiks

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Mark Donovan

Julie Sweet

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Julie Marriott

Jennie Blumenthal

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Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

GuideStar worked with BoardSource, the national leader in nonprofit board leadership and governance, to create this section.

  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 1/24/2024

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

Equity strategies

Last updated: 01/24/2024

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.