LifeBridgeworks with at-risk youth ages 14-23 from the Greater Bridgeport and Lower Fairfield County areas that are referred to us by Connecticut’s Department of Children and Families. We prepare individualized service plans for each youth that include intensive case management, preparation for community re-entry, work readiness and life skill training, job coaching, and placement assistance. LifeBridge also engages and provides supportive services for the families of our youth to build a stronger family unit.
Guided by LifeBridge staff, trainers, and volunteers, participants are motivated to learn life, work, and leadership skills by participating in work internships and entry-level jobs. Our integrated programs link the worlds of learning and work and strengthen the personal capabilities of our young clients, enabling them to develop positive appropriate social behaviors, gain valuable employment and life skills, and pursue educational or employment goals that will lead them to brighter and more secure futures.
Fostering Responsibility, Education, and Employment (FREE)
The FREE Program provides services for youth ages 15-18, in the Greater Bridgeport and Lower Fairfield County area, who are currently on parole and are committed to the Department of Children and Families by partner agencies. They receive customized case management services including transportation, home or community visits, and family assistance to ensure they achieve and sustain social, psychological, and physical functioning. Educational support is offered as well as pro-social activities, with a focus on work readiness for employability and improved self-sufficiency. For more information, please contact Hollis Martens, Program Coordinator, at 203-368-5629 or email hmartens@LifeBridgeCT.org
To prepare our youngest clients for 21st Century careers, LifeBridge recently established an exciting new Digital Literacy and Customer Service Training program that graduated its first class of 26 students in May 2015. This innovative program utilizes technology and remedial math and reading programming to help young clients build the academic, information technology, and work readiness skills they need to succeed in the classroom and compete in the work place. The impact of the course has been extraordinary – 88% increased their CASAS score by 5 or more points, and 67% of in-school youth improved their academic performance by raising a grade in one or more of their core subjects. For more information, please contact Hollis Martens, Program Coordinator, at 203-368-5629 or email hmartens@LifeBridgeCT.org