The Daily Free Press: "Baker administration plan to end youth homelessness in the Commonwealth"

The Daily Free Press: "Baker administration plan to end youth homelessness in the Commonwealth"

Bridge Over Troubled Waters is receiving a $325,000 grant to cover the Boston metro area. Bridge Executive Director Elizabeth Jackson said the organization is partnering with six agencies to distribute the money to them.

“We all know that saying, ‘It takes a village to raise a child,’” Jackson said. “So, as the lead Agency for the Metro Boston Region, Bridge is partnering with six other agencies to develop a stronger village for each youth in need.”

Jackson also said that the support homeless youth receive should be individualized, as not all youth experience the same circumstances.

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Bridge renews partnership in Support to End Exploitation Now coalition

Homeless youth are among the most vulnerable to commercial sexual exploitation.

SEEN is an important, ground-breaking effort to better help young people heal from the effects of trauma and abuse of being forced into commercial sex work. A federally funded study in 2014, which Bridge led in Boston, indicated that over 40% of the youth surveyed had traded sex for money, food, or a place to stay.

Bridge is the primary SEEN coalition member which serves homeless and runaway youth.

Part of this coalition, Bridge builds relationships and connections with court representatives, the FBI, state and local police, district attorney offices, child welfare, and others in a combined effort to combat and reduce sex trafficking. We also work to ensure that young victims are not exploited again by the system if they seek help or if they come to the attention of law enforcement.

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Work-Based Learning Program Profile: Ayanna

Work-Based Learning Program Profile: Ayanna

Bridge’s Work-Based Learning Program (WLP) is a three month paid internship to develop essential employment skills in a supportive environment.

Ayanna uses many of the communication skills she learned in the WLP with her new college classmates and professors. Looking back, Ayanna feels the program gave her a great boost of confidence for her upcoming academic and career challenges!

She had a very successful semester, making the Dean’s List with a grade point average of 3.30 or higher! This semester, she continues to take advantage of our College Success Tutoring program while working through a full course load. Inspired by her experience in the WLP, Ayanna has applied for a front-desk role at Urban College.

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Boston Herald: "Bank of America, state announce funding to help homeless"

Boston Herald: "Bank of America, state announce funding to help homeless"

The Baker-Polito Administration also announced $3 million in funding to help 10 agencies give youngsters the support they need to avoid or end homelessness, something at least 1,800 Massachusetts young adults experience each year, the administration said.

“We can’t treat them like they’re adults,” said Elisabeth Jackson, executive director of Bridge Over Troubled Waters in Boston, which is sharing a $325,000 grant with seven other agencies to pay for housing and education for youngsters they serve. “Their whole life is ahead of them. So let’s not put them in a situation where they stay poor and it’s hard to get out. Instead of saying, ‘Here’s housing for the rest of your life,’ and not expecting anything back, paying for college is the best investment we can make in young people.”

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