LifeBridge works with Bridgeport’s youth and their families to help them build resilience. Our youth program focuses on Academic Enrichment, Mentoring, Experiential Learning Opportunities, Leadership/Team building, and Mental Health.

Pathways to Justice Careers

In July 2017 our Pathway to Justice Careers (PJC) program began serving Bridgeport youth aged 16 to 21 that have been involved, or are at risk of becoming involved, in the Juvenile Justice system. Participants are referred to our PJC program from DCF’s Juvenile Parole Services, Juvenile Probation, or identified as at-risk youth and referred by Bridgeport’s Public and Alternative Schools.

Our comprehensive PJC program helps youth develop the cognitive, communication, and soft-skills necessary to successfully enter into a career in the justice or emergency services field. PJC provides program activities five days a week that include case management, fundamental soft skills training, basic math and reading skills remediation, career guidance, and mentorship from individuals working in justice or emergency service fields (police, firefighters, legal professionals, corrections officers, EMT, and paramedics etc.) Case managers will double as instructors and engage with participating youth, their families, and their schools to ensure they receive the comprehensive support they need to succeed. Youth who successfully complete soft skill training and achieve appropriate math and reading levels will be placed in a paid internship in a relevant PJC field. For more information, please contact Hollis Martens, Program Director, at 203-368-5629 or email hmartens@LifeBridgeCT.org

Pathways to Justice Careers at LifeBridge is an equal opportunity employer program. This program is funded by a Federal award of $1 million at 100 percent, by the U.S. Department of Labor – Employment and Training Administration. LifeBridge is a proud partner of the American Job Center.