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Bridge to Employment Overview

July 2023 — This fact sheet profiles the Bridge to Employment (BTE) project. It describes the program model, goals and impact of BTE as of July 2023.

It Just Felt Really Important: An Oral History of Bridge to Employment

October 2022 — To mark the 30th anniversary of the Bridge to Employment (BTE) program, extensive qualitative interviews were conducted with 30 BTE partners, volunteers, staff members, facilitators, and alums. This document is a compilation of the interviewees’ responses, including their recollections of BTE’s early days and their thoughts on the program’s expansion to international sites, the ways in which the program has evolved, the importance of partnerships in BTE’s enduring success, and what the future of BTE might hold.

Bridge to Employment in the Rearview Mirror: Alumni Perspective on a College and Career Readiness Program

November 2017 — This document is an in-depth look at how the Bridge to Employment (BTE) program influenced the lives of participants after graduation. Researchers surveyed more than 500 alumni who completed the program between 2004 and 2016 and conducted interviews with 23 alumni to obtain in-depth information. The study findings should provide insights to the college and career readiness field about promising strategies and practices.

Celebrating the BTE Story: 25 Years, 25 Lessons

March 2017 — This report highlights key lessons learned from 25 years of workforce development programming, around the world, through Johnson & Johnson’s Bridge to Employment (BTE) project. It distills 25 years of experience into words of wisdom from those who have been there and done the work. Lessons were identified through an exhaustive process of focus groups with global BTE leaders, interviews with community partners from current and past BTE programs, and review of evaluation data.

Bridge to Employment: Preparing Youth for Brighter Futures

2015 — This document provides an updated overview of the Bridge to Employment program and outlines its main objectives, focus areas and its positive impact among its community beneficiaries.

Celebrating 20 Years

2015 — Motivated by low academic achievement and the unacceptable number of young people leaving school before graduation, Johnson & Johnson established its Bridge to Employment (BTE) initiative in 1992. In 1996, the program focused on health care careers and targeted the fields of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) and evidence-based practices for workforce development and youth development. This publication summarizes the past 20 years, with specific information on BTE sites and their implementation history. Over these years, more than 60 BTE sites have been established in communities throughout Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America and the United States. Today, four new programs start each year, with more than twelve programs operating at any given time.