Established in 1989 by the Marriott Foundation for People with Disabilities, Bridges from School to Work (Bridges) engages employers, schools, community resources, youth and their families to help businesses meet their workforce needs while offering young people with disabilities the opportunity to learn, grow and succeed through employment.
Each year, Bridges helps more than a thousand young people–most of whom are transitioning out of high school special education–prepare for the workplace and find a job with an employer in need of qualified, entry-level applicants. Creating and supporting mutually beneficial competitive employment relationships, the program creates opportunities for employment for youth while driving bottom-line results for business.
More than 4,500 employers, large and small, and across diverse industries, have partnered with Bridges to meet their hiring needs. These employers express consistent satisfaction with Bridges and nearly 40 percent have made multiple hires through the program.
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