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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 assistance 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 outreach, 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 work in the HiSET program and Bridge's residential program.  In the HiSET progra, they work primarily as one-on-one tutors.  In Bridge's residential program, students help with child care, family activities, and with the residents' homework.