Explore 30 years of Bridge to Employment

We invite you to explore BTE’s full 30-year history through an interactive
timeline and oral history. We’re excited to celebrate 30 years and can’t wait
to see what the future holds!

Discover the timeline

An Oral History

FHI 360 staff and Bridge to Employment Youth Leadership Council representatives conducted 30 interviews with BTE alumni and program partners, capturing 30 years of Building partnerships, Transforming communities, and Empowering youth. We would like to extend our sincere gratitude to the 30 people who offered their time, insights, and memories to the creation of this oral history. Your stories helped to illuminate BTE’s great accomplishments and brought the program’s rich history to life.



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Leadership Spotlight

Peg Forrestel

Early BTE Champion Fostering Empowerment, Partnership, and Collaboration

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Melvin Kioko Malemba

BTE Alumnus from the Nairobi, Kenya site

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Bridge to Employment at 30

Read about BTE’s enduring model, shared by Director Lisa Johnson

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Looking back at BTE Sydney, Australia

Marsden High School in Sydney’s West Ryde neighborhood was grappling with changing demographics and low retention rates.

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Andrew Gibson

Student Spotlight: A Pathway Forward Andrew Gibson, BTE Alum & Pathways Student

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Yezenia Ramos

With Bridge to Employment, Johnson & Johnson is 30 Years Ahead of the Curve on Social Programming

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Maida Matsasi Rasekhomo

2021 Student Ambassador Maida Matsasi Rasekhomo reflects on the value of her experience

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Paul Hegarty

BTE Alum from Cork, Ireland, talks about how BTE gave him the confidence to pursue engineering

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