Employment, Job Related

Marriott Foundation for People with Disabilities, Inc.

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

aka Bridges from School to Work

Bethesda, MD

Mission

The Marriott Foundation for People with Disabilities (MFPD) and its "Bridges from School to Work" (Bridges) program 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 ten 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

1990

Executive Director

Mr. Tad Asbury

Managing Director, Bridges Operations

Mr. Allen Brown

Main Address

10400 Fernwood Rd

Bethesda, MD 20817 USA

Keywords

Disabilities, Youth, Employment, School to Work Transition, Applicant Source, Vocational Development, High School, workforce development, human resource, Bridges, transition

EIN

52-1655740

 Number

1018711236

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Employment Procurement Assistance and Job Training (J20)

Services to Promote the Independence of Specific Populations (P80)

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Our Results

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Percent of customers reporting satisfaction with program

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

People with disabilities

Related program

Bridges From School to Work

Context notes

We have recently (2016) begun surveying our participants via email and text messaging using Survey Monkey.

Percent of participants who would recommend program to others

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

People with disabilities

Related program

Bridges From School to Work

Context notes

We have recently (2016) begun surveying our participants via email and text messages.

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

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

People with disabilities

Related program

Bridges From School to Work

Context notes

Since 1989, Bridges participants have been placed at 4277 different employers. 1501 of those employers (35%) have hired more than one Bridges youth.

Number of participants employed for 90 days

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

People with disabilities

Related program

Bridges From School to Work

Context notes

Since 1989, a total of 11,708 participants have been employed for at least 90 days (65% of those placed).

Number of participants employed for 180 days

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

People with disabilities

Related program

Bridges From School to Work

Context notes

Since 1989, a total of 7860 participants have been employed for at least 180 days (44% of those placed, 67% of those who reached 90 days).

Number of participants enrolled

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

People with disabilities

Related program

Bridges From School to Work

Context notes

Since 1989, a total of 22,827 participants have been enrolled in the Bridges program.

Number of participants placed in employment

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

People with disabilities

Related program

Bridges From School to Work

Context notes

Since 1989, a total of 17,793 Bridges participants have been placed in competitive employment.

Dollars donated to support advocacy efforts

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

People with disabilities

Related program

Bridges From School to Work

Context notes

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

Number of invitations for advocates to speak as experts

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

People with disabilities

Related program

Bridges From School to Work

Context notes

Executive Director speaks on transition and employment for youth disabilities.

Number of organizational partners

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

People with disabilities

Related program

Bridges From School to Work

Context notes

Public School Districts in Atlanta, Baltimore, Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles, Oakland, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Wash. DC and Mont. Co., MD.

Number of program sites

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

No target populations selected

Related program

Bridges From School to Work

Context notes

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

Charting Impact

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What have they accomplished so far and what's next?

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.
Bridges is aiming to serve 1,500 youth annually by 2019. Of those 1,500, there is an expectation of at least 960 of them retaining employment for at least 90 days.

Growing Bridges services by 50% by 2019 requires the organization to 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.

The Bridges from School to Work program is data driven, and the program's success is determined by the number of youth who are enrolled, placed in employment, retained in employment for at least 90 days and have met vocational advancement criteria. These criteria include increased responsibility, wage, or hours; moving from seasonal to permanent employment or earning a work-based certification.
To monitor, follow, and record all Bridges services and outcomes, Bridges uses the ClientTrack management information system. ClientTrack is designed expressly for human services agencies to monitor programmatic, organizational, and staff effectiveness. It captures and reports hundreds of data points reflecting client demographics, job placements, retentions, and associated case notes.
Staff can access ClientTrack from any internet-enabled device, allowing them to use the system while in the field. The system's comprehensive reporting suite allows the ability to run standard or ad-hoc reports that query specific information. ClientTrack data is regularly reviewed to monitor progress toward goals and to spot trends and patterns relevant to the program.

Since its establishment in 1989, Bridges from School to Work has served over 21,000 young adults, with more than 16,200 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 4,200 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.

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Financials

Marriott Foundation for People with Disabilities, Inc.

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BOARD ORIENTATION & 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?

Yes

ETHICS & 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