BridgeYear 2021-2022 Impact Report

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Carlee Morgan and Operations

Vasquez Senior Program Manager Whitney Weathersby Director of Program Success



Marvelyne Lamy


Trevino Marketing and Communications Coordinator

Natalie Gomez Program


Allena Grant Program




Advising Manager



Bryant TonyVictoriaVictoriaBlackChenDoanDuran VictoriaSTAFFChen



Director Tyler Rogers Program Coordinator Mel Seymour Program Manager

Evelyn Melgar Program

& Executive Director

Chavez Advising Manager Kate DawnAugustVeronicaFowlerFrederickHamiltonHawley

Doan Co-Founder & Chief Program Officer

Wiley Advising Manager



• Restart our signature in-person Career Test Drive® program in 33 schools;

Stable employment leads to individual well-being and enhances overall community development and economic growth. With your support of BridgeYear, we are working together to provide long-lasting opportunities for young people in our greater Houston community.


• Launch, a community resource which highlights affordable workforce training programs that lead to real jobs in the Houston economy;

Thank you for your continued support, Victoria ExecutiveChenDirector

This past year, we’ve had much to celebrate. We were able to:

This year we saw dramatic disruptions to education and overall economic uncertainty, both of which disproportionately affected low-income communities and youth of color. A report by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board found that for every 100 eighth-graders in 2008-2009 in the Houston region, only 23 earned a degree or credential by the time they were 25 years old. By focusing on those opportunities that do not require a four-year degree, BridgeYear is championing a more inclusive approach to supporting all students after high school to put them on a path to economic mobility.

Dear BridgeYear Friends,

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At BridgeYear, we have remained steadfast in our mission to connect underserved youth to careers and educational opportunities that provide economic mobility and financial independence. BridgeYear’s success has been possible thanks to our supporters and hardworking staff. We are grateful to our philanthropic, corporate, and educational partners who share the passion and commitment of our mission.


We’ve had yet another year of great change, uncertainty, and growth!


• Expand our advising services with more holistic support to 124 students and provide resources to advisors in partnership with Houston Independent School District;

• Grow our team from 8 to 14 employees to meet the growing needs of our community.

Victoria Doan Chief Program Officer



Our vision is for all students to graduate high school with a path to stable employment.

BridgeYear’s mission is to connect underserved youth to careers and educational pathways that provide economic stability and independence.

BridgeYear | Knowledge, Access, & Belief4

2021-22 Impact Report 5 Provides students with the knowledge about available career and immersivepathwayseducationalthroughengagingandsimulations Equips students with the belief that they have viable career opportunitiespostsecondaryandafterhighschool Gives students access to workforce training programs, filtered to assess specific eligibility criteria and requirements Career Test Drive® Program ProgramAdvising 1 2 3 OUR THEORY OF CHANGE When students: 1) have the knowledge about careers that pay above a living wage; 2) have the belief that they will be successful in their chosen career pathway; and 3) have access to the training and education needed to start their career journeys, they can achieve economic stability and independence. At BridgeYear, we help students discover the many pathways to success through our three distinct programs grounded in our Theory of Change. Impact Report

Our Career Test Drive® Program reimagines career exploration by providing students with hands-on simulations in various high-growth, high-demand careers. Our dynamic program allows students to explore their interests and skills while learning about successful career pathways that require less than a four-year


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As an example, students who participate in the Phlebotomist simulation prepare their patient, identify the proper tests to run from a requisition form, and draw a total of four quality blood samples.

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BridgeYear returned to schools in Spring 2022 for inperson facilitation with students.


and are

Career Test Drive® Program Impact

offer upward

by employers.

6 Career Test Drive® modules available for students to try-out. 86% of students stated that they have a better understanding of their career interests after participating in a Career Test Drive® experience. PhlebotomistAutoElectricianTechnician .................................. Medical Lab Technician WebPlumberDeveloper 7,000+ students participated in a Career Test 2021-2022experienceDrive®intheSchoolYear. 92% of students believe the career is a “good career” after completing the Career Test Drive® experience. ....................................................................

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I am interested in being an EMT so I chose this station because it deals with medical needs that I would need to be aware of. This experience is proving to me that I am not grossed out by bodily fluids and could really help a patient in need! Northside High

BridgeYear uses workforce data and direct partnerships with employers to expose youth to in-demand careers, strengthening the labor market and helping students pursue successful career opportunities.


Non 4-Year Pathways

BridgeYear focuses on careers attainable without a four-year degree living wage, career trajectories, in-demand

that pay above

Industry-Aligned Careers

The scholarship is applicable for one

Class of 2022 ISD at Houston College. of

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BridgeYear | Enhanced Advising Program7

Graduates were selected to receive the BridgeYear-HISD $500 Scholarship to pursue an education

Advisors met with high school seniors weekly to help them: Direct Student Support



Identify careers and training programs suited to their interests

Apply for “fast-track” workforce training programs to be employed in the Fall Train-the-Trainer Model BridgeYear Advisors provided school-based staff with resources for students interested in workforce or community college pathways.


Advising Impact

This year, BridgeYear expanded its Advising services to include its original direct service model, as well as a comprehensive “Train the Trainer” model, piloted in partnership with HISD. Following high school graduation, BridgeYear Advisors continue to provide postsecondary enrollment and persistence support for students.

the following: 163


Apply for the BridgeYear-HISD Scholarship

How did you learn about BridgeYear?

Madison High School Houston MSTC High School High School High School High School Students across five Houston ISD campuses received direct advising from one of our Advisors,BridgeYearincluding:


Chatting with a Student

Tell me about yourself.

A BridgeYear Advisor [Jessica Chavez] came to my school and pulled me out of class. She asked me what my plans were for after graduation and then introduced me to the advising program. Beause I am not a school person, the main thing that got my attention was when she told me that training programs don’t take as much time as a university might and I was convinced to be a part of the BridgeYear Advising Program.


Sure! My name is Michelle, I’m from Houston, and I am a Class of 2022 graduate from Chavez High School.

2021-22 Impact Report 9Impact Report 124.................. workforce-boundhighschoolstudents across the five campuses had an interaction with a BridgeYear Advisor..................Associate’s Degree ContinuingCertificateEducation The BridgeYearFive

Ms. Chavez and I met once a week. I learned about how many paths I can choose from, which career(s) fit me best, and which programs take the longest. Ms. Chavez also used to show me how to find the length of a certain pathway, the cost, and how long the drive was from my house to the program. That was all very impressive and important to me in helping me make a decision about what I do after high school.


How often did you meet with your advisor and what resources did you receive?




Website visitors can create a free profile that allows them to save favorite training programs or careers, schedule a meeting with a BridgeYear Advisor, and access applications.

Visitors can evaluate training programs using filters based on cost, training length, and location. Each individual program displays eligibility requirements, outcomes, and application steps.

Launched in February 2022, (powered by BridgeYear), is a public database free for the community. Featuring careers and Houston-area workforce training programs vetted for their affordability and employment outcomes, is a direct avenue to connect individuals to opportunities.


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Visitors can search for careers requiring less than a four-year degree based on interest, activity level, industry, entry-level pay, training requirements, and work environment.

to share information is in the form of a public website that would be accessible to students, counselors, and the community at large.BridgeYear interviewed direct stakeholders - students and counselors - to understand what key features needed to be included in the website.

The website was designed to andrequirements,eligibilitylength,programtrainingbasedfi-mostwhatoptimizeusersdesiredtheabilitytolteroncosts,more.

BridgeYear determined the best way

Goes Live!

2021-22 Impact Report 11 WINTER 2020 An Idea is Formed FALL 2021 SPRING 2022 Visitors can now find onetrainingaffordableprogramsandcareersallinplace(availableondesktopand The Development of Impact Report Impact 200 training programs posted to date, featuring careers in the following fields: 2,000+ unique website visitors in the first 6 months of launch Oil and Gas Trade, Utilities, BusinessProfessionalTransportation&andServices >50% of user accounts on are current high school .........................................students HealthEducationConstructionandServicesLeisureandHospitality ManufacturingInformationTechnology .........................................

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BridgeYear’s target student population is from underserved communities. Our Career Test Drive ® experiences, Advising services, and help students build career awareness, form career identities, and mitigate enrollment barriers to postsecondary success.

58%5%10%2%23%2% GENDER AmericanMultiracialIndian / Alaska Native BlackWhiteAsian / HispanicAmericanAfrican/Latino• 83% of students receive free or reduced lunch (FRPL). BACKGROUND • 76% of students are firstgeneration college students . WHO WE SERVE • 98% of schools are Title 1 Schools . 7,000+ STUDENTS SERVED ETHNICITYGENDER 52%2%46% MaleFemaleGenderGenderNon-Binary/Fluid/Queer

In the 2021-2022 school year, the Houston Independent School District (HISD) selected 19 high schools to participate in BridgeYear programming. These schools were selected to improve lower postsecondary enrollment rates as a result of the pandemic. Through the partnership, the schools received a Career Test Drive® experience, additional Advising services, and staff training on In addition, BridgeYear launched a scholarship for HISD Class of 2022 high school graduates attending Houston Community College. ISD


2021-22 Impact Report 13 Lamar High SchoolHarmonyScienceAcademyHouston Sharpstown High School HighWestburySchool Madison High School Sterling High School Worthing High School Hartman Middle School Cesar Chavez High SchoolSchoolYatesHigh Edison Middle School SchoolHighAustin Wisdom High SchoolYES Prep JaneSecondaryGulftonLongAcademy Northside High SchoolHighNorthbrookSchool WaltripSchoolHigh Booker T. Washington High School ScarboroughHighEisenhowerSchoolHighSchool MiddleMCAcademyHoustonWilliamsSchool Sam Houston MSTC High School Patrick Henry Middle School North Forest High School Kashmere High School Wheatley High School Wesley CommunityCenter Urban Enrichment Institute Eisenhower 9th Grade Campus SCHOOLS EVENTSCOMMUNITYTHROUGHSERVEDDISTRICTS& 1. Brazoswood High School (Brazosport ISD) 2. Campo High School (El Campo ISD) 3. Clear Springs High School (Clear Creek ISD) 4. CollaborativeLearningCenter(PasadenaISD) 5. Deer Park High School CampusSouth(Deer Park ISD) 6. Dulles High School (Fort Bend ISD) 7. Cypress Ridge High School Fairbanks(Cypress-ISD) 8. Education Support Complex (Katy ISD) 9. The Guthrie Center (Spring Branch ISD) 10. Klein High School (Klein ISD) 11. Klein BridgeYear provided 41 Career Test Drive ® experiences across the Greater Houston community, serving schools and community-based organizations targeting underserved populations. 2021-22 SERVICE AREAS ADDITIONAL U.S. LOCATIONS SERVED • Atlanta, GA • Austin, TX • Baltimore, MD • Creswell, OR • Dallas, TX • Denver, CO • Homer, AK • Lake Charles, LA • Lubbock, TX • Shreveport, LA Impact Report Milby High School BridgeYear provided materials and curriculum for teacher-led Career Test Drive® experiences across the United States.

George and Mary Josephine Hamman C. Cameron Foundation

JerryHoneywellC.Dearing Family Foundation


The Cullen Foundation

BridgeYear | Knowledge, Access, & Belief14 BridgeYear | Thank You & Financials13 THANK YOU TO ALL OF OUR GENEROUS SUPPORTERS AND PARTNERS. $100,000+


Victoria Doan Albert Wei Alicia BarbaraBaibaAshleyVasquezWillettGillardandBrad Howard Barbara Schaffer Brenda Sheets Brett CindyPrimackDinhand Thao Nguyen Danielle and Justin Amoah Dariana Resendez David Nguyen Diane HuyGeruiEvanEmmaEmilyEmilyElizabethSwanHarrisonHainesToddOliverWildsteinLiMaiandSuzanne James and Mary Doan

American First National Bank Champ ChristineWarrenandMinh Tran

Barbara Bennett Ostdiek Bryant and Lauren Black Cathleen Chang and Jiha Ko Chen Joseph Family Dana KateKarenDucDanielleSuttonBrownNguyenFowlerandStephen SteveBoschDoan Sides Boston Consulting Group Caroline Doan and Stanley Lo Catherine Wu Eric HonglinYen Chen and Lee Chen

Jonathan Luk

River and Pines Fund

Joseph Kelley Nicole

The National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA) Powell Foundation

Alan AugustCarniolandLiz Hamilton


Albert & Ethel Herstein Charitable DawnCommunityTheCapitalFoundationOneClaytonFundVentures&RobertHawley Family Fund JanetH-E-B Clark Lynn Posey-GlickertDesPrez Foundation

The Friedkin Group / Gulf States Toyota General Motors




Fowler Matt


J.P. Morgan Chase


Texas Instruments Foundation VELA Education Fund

Karen Arnold KKR Covid Response Fund

Dave, Cathy & Meredith Bouchein Edith H. and C. Hastings Johnson Family Fund Georgia Hurwitz-KuceraHsieh Fund

$250-$499 Barrett

Bank of America Charitable Foundation CenterPoint Energy Foundation

Claudia Vassar


The William Stamps Farish Fund




The Tapeats Fund Union Pacific Foundation

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Jean JenniferChenDoan and Joseph Bedell


BridgeYear is grateful to all of our supporters who make our mission possible. Through your gracious donations, we were able to connect underserved youth to affordable, successful career and educational pathways.

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