Bridges - Marriott Foundation for People with Disabilities
- New York
The Marriott Foundation for People with Disabilities, a not-for-profit organization with 501(c)(3) status, was established in 1989 by the family of J. Willard Marriott, founder of Marriott International. The Foundation developed and operates its nationally recognized Bridges from School to Work program in cities across the United States with the mission of transforming the lives of young adults with disabilities through the power of a job.
Throughout its nearly 30-year history, Bridges from School to Work has facilitated the placement of more than 18,000 young adults with disabilities exiting special education programs in competitive, integrated jobs with more than 4,400 employers, large and small, across a wide range of industries. With a long-term focus on job retention, the program continues to work with these youth after placement to help them grow and advance on the job. Through Bridges, young adults receive intensive training that prepares them for the world of work. Simultaneously, program staff reach out to the business community to identify employers who are enthusiastic about tapping this rich and diverse applicant pool. Central to the program’s success is facilitating job matches that meet employer needs and that align with young adults’ interests and capabilities.