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Bridge Over Troubled Waters

Nature and Purpose

Founded in 1970, Bridge Over Troubled Waters' mission is to enable high-risk and homeless youth to achieve a healthy and productive adulthood through prevention, intervention, and education services.  Bridge is the only agency in the Boston area to provide a continuum of age-appropriate services to runaway, homeless, and high-risk young people.  Whether young people need assitance to communicate with a parent, maintain sobriety, earn a GED, or find housing, Bridge helps each transition to a healthy adulthood.

Bridge has grown into a structured multi-service agency with an array of services: street ourtreach, free medical and dental care, runaway services, counseling, alternative education, computer training program, workforce development, job search assistance, long term outpatient substance abuse counseling, transitional day program for homeless young adults and transitional living programs.  Bridge works with youth that are 16 to 25 years old.  Currently, Bridge serves approximately 5,000 youth each year.


PULSE Students will work primarily as one-on-one tutors in the GED program.  Additionally, PULSE Students may help out on the Bridge Free Medical Van which is on the streets of Boston and Cambridge during the evening hours.  They may also assist in Bridge's residential program helping with child care, family activities, and as needed help with the residents' homework.  A PULSE student might also support Bridge staff with services for homeless clients in the Transitional Day Program. 

Time Requirement

PULSE students fulfill their hours by volunteering for two sessions each week. While it is recommended that students choose two sessions within one of the components below, students can also choose two sessions from different Bridge components.

GED program: Eight available sessions: 9:00am-12:00pm Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, and 1:00pm- 4:00pm on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays.  This is a classroom tutoring opportunity. Maximum of 5 students.                                    Location: 47 West St. Boston

Medical Van: Five available sessions: 5:00pm - 9:00pm Mon-Fri.  Conversing with homeless street people, serving lemonade or hot chocolate and sharing information where help is available.  Van leaves from downtown but goes to different locations.  At the end of the evening a convenient drop off at an MBTA location can be arranged.  Maximum of 3 students.  Location: 47 West St. Boston

Transitional Living Program & Maternal Group Home: Seven available sessions: 5:00pm - 9:00pm Mon-Sun.  Duties include helping with child care, assisting with family activities and helping as needed with the residents' homework. Maximum of 5 students.  Location: Brighton

Shelter Program:Two available sessions: 5:00pm – 8:00pm Tuesday and Thursday. Duties include helping to prepare meals, organize weekly trip to the YMCA, computer assistance, tutoring and helping with administrative work. One student maximum. Location: 47 West St. Boston


47 West Street
Boston, MA 02111