2020 marks the 50th anniversary of The Bridge for Youth!
To celebrate this anniversary, every month throughout the year we will highlight Faces of 50 recognizing some of the thousands of individuals who were impacted by The Bridge and who have contributed to our efforts to serve homeless and runaway youth.
This month Faces of 50 features Bri Miles, a Youth and Family Advocate at The Bridge for Youth. We are grateful for Bri’s dedication to homeless youth!
Rita’s House Two-Year Anniversary
Rita’s House provides a critical next step for youth transitioning from homelessness to independence.
Over the past two years, Rita’s House has housed 27 youth with nearly 100% of the youth moving into safe and stable housing upon exiting the program.
Residents of Rita’s House rent individual rooms at an affordable rate, allowing them to build rental histories while saving money, finishing school, and developing job skills. Youth have their own bedrooms, share common living spaces (kitchen, living room, bathrooms and laundry facilities) and operate as a cooperative, supportive community.
While at Rita’s House, youth receive individualized support as they plan their next steps and develop strategies to help them move into independent living. “Building relationships within the community is also an important piece within the program”, Trina Pughsley, Rita’s House Case Manager explains.
Visit The Bridge for Mission Monday!
Curious about the work of The Bridge? Want to get involved? Join us for a Mission Monday. These open house events take place the second Monday of the month from 4:30 – 5:30pm. Contact Tim Mercure or visit us on Facebook to RSVP.
Your Gift Makes a Difference!
Thanks to the continued generosity of our donors, The Bridge impacts the lives of thousands of youth and families. Please consider making a gift today to help ensure the vital assistance we provide is available now and into the future.
All proceeds go to support the mission of The Bridge for Youth.
Thank you to our event sponsors:
Happy Black History Month!
Black History Month provides meaningful opportunities to celebrate the rich traditions of African Americans and recognize their contributions and achievements throughout history. It is an opportunity to honor voices and perspectives that have often been left out or marginalized. In honor of Black History Month, The Bridge for Youth, Youth Board created a panel of posters as a tribute to the African American men and women who have made significant contributions to America and the rest of the world.
Work Ambassadors Helps Youth Succeed!
The Bridge Work Ambassador program gives youth the skills to find a job and be successful in employment.
We are proud to report that in the past month four Work Ambassador youth have earned GoSkills certifications! GoSkills is a platform that allows youth to learn essential business skills via interactive videos and quizzes. With over 70 courses covering skills such as Excel or Illustrator to marketing and communications, GoSkills is a valuable tool to expose youth to essential job skills. Congratulations to these four hardworking Work Ambassador participants!
Program staff help youth through every step of the employment process. Work Ambassadors participants get resume help, interview coaching, advice on how to dress for work, and information on where to find job postings. Youth often start by working at The Bridge. When they are ready, program staff connects participants to job opportunities with community partners such as UPS, The Hyatt Regency Minneapolis, Award Staffing, and Kowalski’s. Contact Danira Mustafic if you would like more information on Work Ambassadors or if you are an employer interested in hiring these talented youth.
Leadership Transition at The Bridge!
The Bridge for Youth is proud to partner with Ballinger | Leafblad, Inc. to lead in the search for our new Executive Director. This is an incredible opportunity to provide leadership in continuing providing programs for runaway and homeless youth and their families. For additional information view the job description or contact Marcia Ballinger, PhD or Lars Leafblad, MBA.
Thank You to Boston Scientific for Brightening Up Our Space!
Boston Scientific employees joined us on January 28 to paint our community room. Thank you to everyone who attended! The Bridge for Youth is always looking for volunteer groups to work on a wide variety of projects. If your group is interested in volunteering please contact Sagal Hussein.