Young adults experiencing homelessness face challenges accessing and maintaining jobs. Not only does their housing status lead to negative stigma, but many have also been forced to drop out of school and have few experiences to put on their resume. Even after a job training program, over 60% of young adults experiencing homelessness are still unemployed a year after graduating. Even with a job, the lack of support and sensitivity contributes to a high turnover rate for this population.
Breaktime’s niche is as a bridge between first-stage training programs run by other non-profits and full-time employment in the broader workforce. We offer around one year of direct employment in a supportive work environment along with vocational training, one-on-one career mentorship, help matching with future job opportunities, and continued support in new job positions. We offer B2B services for small businesses with labor shortages and are also developing Breaktime Cafe at 170 Portland St.
|Projected Cumulative Lives Impacted||50|
|New Implemented Countries||United States|
Tony Shu and Connor Schoen are both undergraduates at Harvard University studying Sociology and Applied Mathematics in Economics, respectively. We are natives of Massachusetts, were both Class Presidents and Valedictorians at our high schools, and have been engaged in non-profit work and public service for much of our lives. Within a few months of starting Breaktime, we won at the 2018 Harvard College Innovation Challenge and the 2018 Harvard Innovation and Ventures in Education Competition.
EXECUTIVE TEAM INCLUDES YOUTH