ABTS 2022: Third Time’s a Charm!

 

Johnson & Johnson and FHI 360 are excited to host the third virtual Bridge to Employment (BTE) Alliance Building & Training Session (ABTS) with Student Ambassadors from August 29-September 2, 2022 and September 13, 2022. This year there will be 18 Student Ambassadors attending from communities in Australia, Dominican Republic, Mexico, Singapore, South Africa, United Kingdom, and the United States. Ambassadors will complete a STEM2D team-based challenge project with other Student Ambassadors, participate in virtual sessions and informal discussions with other students and general participants, as well as meet and work with BTE alumni and share their BTE experiences. Above all else, student ambassadors will make memories and friendships that will last a lifetime!

Meet this year’s Student Ambassadors!

Sabiha A., BTE United Kingdom

About Me: I am a very good listener. I work well when working with others and am a good communicator. I have strong decision-making skills and good time management. I can think empathetically and thoroughly in difficult situations.

What I’m Looking forward to at this year’s ABTS: I’m looking forward to meeting people from other countries and learning about their BTE experience.

Gabriela B., BTE United States

About Me: I was born in Nicaragua, and I came to the United States when I was 5years old. I am the oldest of three children. I am very hardworking; I like to work hard to achieve my goals and be successful, and make my parents proud of me. I am a very generous person that likes to help others when I see them in need, and I know I have the capability to help..

What I’m Looking forward to at this year’s ABTS: What I am looking forward to the most about ABTS is to learn about other BTE sites. To gain some skills like leadership, collaborating with others in a group, get better at public speaking. Meet new kids like me and be able to make friends that would be able to help each in the future. Being able to learn new skills to bring them to my BTE site and help it become better for future generations, and help other BTE sites to make them better as well. Share our experience and learn from each other, as well as give advice to each other because maybe we have done the same mistake the other person might be doing and we can help them to not make it.

Valerie B., BTE United States

About Me: I am going into 11th grade starting the 2022-2023 school year. I really like cats. I also like gaming a lot and watch a bunch of anime.

What I’m Looking forward to at this year’s ABTS: I’m looking forward to helping with BTE more and learning a lot from my experiences there.

 

Wilson C., BTE Singapore

About Me: I’m a person who loves to communicate and bond with others although sometimes I get too in depth and talk about irrelevant ideas. I am a person who is very easy to get along with, and a great friend.

What I’m Looking forward to at this year’s ABTS: I am looking forward to growing as a better person myself and being more sensible into caring for my fellow ABTS friends, getting the project done and bonding with one another.

Tasfia C., BTE Australia

About Me: I am 15 years old. I was born in Bangladesh and that is also my background. I live in Sydney.

What I’m Looking forward to at this year’s ABTS: I am looking forward to meeting new people and experiencing the program and what it has to offer.

 

Za’Kiyah C., BTE United States

About Me: I am a Senior in high school who loves watching anime. I love meeting new people and experiencing new things. I currently have two jobs and will be having a fun, busy summer.

What I’m Looking forward to at this year’s ABTS: I am most looking forward to meeting other people from around the world and getting to know them and building lasting relationships.

Jack E., BTE Dominican Republic

About Me: I am capable, active, and entrepreneurial.

What I’m Looking forward to at this year’s ABTS: I want to learn how to make a robot.

 

Liam G., BTE United Kingdom

About Me: I’m 17 and I’ve lived in the UK since I was 4. I was born in South Africa and like to travel there yearly. I’ve got a brother only a year younger than me and we get along really well. I’m studying Math’s, Psychology and IT in school and I’ve just been appointed as Head Boy.

What I’m Looking forward to at this year’s ABTS: I’m looking forward to meeting and working with other ambassadors from different places around the world. I believe it will be interesting learning about them and where they live and I am excited to make new friends.

Marcia H., BTE Mexico

About Me: I am an intelligent, creative, and innovative person who values leadership.

What I’m Looking forward to at this year’s ABTS: I hope to learn and absorb knowledge, experiences, and activities. I also hope to make new friends and learn about new cultures and other things.

Diteko L., BTE South Africa

About Me: I am not an opportunist but a visionary. I have a determined attitude and confidence. I love interacting with other people, learning, sharing ideas, and improving my skills.

What I’m Looking forward to at this year’s ABTS: It has been awhile since I’ve been wishing to meet other BTE learners from different BTE sites, and I am excited to be meeting them soon. It is such a great opportunity and I am excited that now I will get to know and learn what they do.

Ruben L., BTE Mexico

About Me: I am friendly, funny, and curious. I like to play football and spend time with my friends and family.

What I’m Looking forward to at this year’s ABTS: I hope that I can perform well, use my knowledge. I am excited to know that I will interact with people from different countries.

Kamogelo M., BTE South Africa

About Me: I am a person who easily adapts to new situations. I enjoy challenges, especially mind games. I also like learning and gaining new skills.

What I’m Looking forward to at this year’s ABTS: I am looking forward to getting the chance to discuss ideas on how to improve BTE. I am also excited to share my own BTE experiences with others.

Doondeeshwar P., BTE United States

About Me: I am 15-years old and a junior in high school. I am planning on going into medicine when I grow up. I love science.

What I’m Looking forward to at this year’s ABTS: I am looking forward to the ABTS experience itself and the people I will meet.

 

Leidy R., BTE Dominican Republic

About Me: I am a reserved person. I like literature and sports.

What I’m Looking forward to at this year’s ABTS: I’m looking forward to getting to know new people who can share their BTE experiences. I am also looking forward to learning about new cultures.

 

Kashmyr S., BTE United States

About Me: I grew up in New York and moved to New Jersey in middle school. Since then, I’ve been pursuing my passions in video games and astronomy. I’m someone who is extremely determined to reach their goals and prosper. More importantly, I love meeting new people and experiencing new things.

What I’m Looking forward to at this year’s ABTS: I am most looking forward to meeting the other ambassadors and learning what their experiences are like.

Charles S., BTE United Kingdom

About Me: I am a committed, motivated and responsible student. Recently elected Head student by my peers and teachers, I have embraced anew found leadership role within my school and community. In addition to my ongoing A-level studies in English language, history and photography, I am also currently learning to drive and hope to pass my practical test in the near future.

What I’m Looking forward to at this year’s ABTS: The ability to interact with different students my age across the world seems like a great opportunity to both boost my communication skills, and connect with people may of never spoken to in any other scenario. Seeing as this is a collaborative project as well also reinforces the appeal of working with different people.

Ryan T., BTE Australia

About Me: I am 16 years old, and I am studying in Year 10 in high school. I love to learn history and science, I love to draw, paint, play guitar and cook. I make friends easily and like meeting new people.

What I’m Looking forward to at this year’s ABTS: Being able to interact with people around the world and being able to share our cultures with each other.

Rishi V., BTE Singapore

About Me: I am a 15 year old boy. I am currently studying in secondary 3.

What I’m Looking forward to at this year’s ABTS: I am looking forward to getting to know other people from the various BTE sites and getting to know what they do and how it is different from what my site does and also how we can improve the BTE program for the rest of my BTE mates.

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To learn more about this year’s ABTS, visit www.bridge2employment.org/abts/abts2022

BTE-Athens, Georgia, USA Kick-Off

On August 27, BTE- Athens, Georgia, USA will gather together to host a kick-off celebration!

Amplify Youth Voice

MENTOR is celebrating the power of young people’s voices & their mentoring relationships. Encourage BTE youth to raise their voices & share their stories using #HearOurVoices & #MentorIRL.Visit http://www.mentoring.org/youthvoice to submit mentoring stories & be featured by MENTOR!

2020 Global Youth Leadership Council (YLC)

Johnson & Johnson and FHI 360 seek Bridge to Employment (BTE) students to participate on the 2020 global Youth Leadership Council (YLC). The ten-member YLC gives youth a platform to voice their opinions and shape the future of the global BTE program. YLC members will share their experiences and make recommendations to advance BTE student learning, engagement, and retention.
All BTE students are invited to apply. Interested applicants should:

1. Complete the Application Form. Complete the application form, either online using the following link: https://www.bridge2employment.org/bte-forms/2020ylcapplication/ OR by TYPING all required information, including responses to the short answer questions in the hard copy application provided. Handwritten or incomplete applications WILL NOT be considered. For those completing a hard copy application, please print out and sign the application (or insert an electronic signature). For those applying online, please be sure to include your electronic signature. All applicants should be sure to include a parent/guardian signature.

2. Provide a Resume/CV

3. Submit a Complete Recommendation Form. A recommendation form must be completed from an individual that can assess students’ skills and abilities (BTE site coordinator, teacher, advisor, supervisor, or other professional). To submit online, professional references must visit: https://www.bridge2employment.org/bte-forms/2020ylcrecform/ ‎

A complete application package can be submitted at any time but must be submitted no later than 5:00 PM EST on Friday, September 27, 2019. Late applications WILL NOT be accepted. All applicants will be notified of the committee’s decision by November 1, 2019.

BTE-Helsingborg, Sweden Kick-off Event

Johnson & Johnson with Lund University (campus Helsingborg) and Olympiaskolan, will launch a Bridge to Employment (BTE) program in Helsingborg, Sweden. The three-year program will provide a variety of academic enrichment, career exploration, and higher education preparation opportunities to increase in the number of young people completing higher education and pursuing STEM careers. On August 26, BTE-Helsingborg, Sweden will gather together to host a kick-off celebration!

BTE-Helsingborg, Sweden Volunteer Training

BTE-Helsingborg, Sweden Volunteer Training will be held on August 26, 2019.

Pre-College Academy

Pathway to Success builds on Johnson & Johnson’s Bridge to Employment program. It creates opportunities for High School students to prepare for college and to build a career path. On July 15, 2019, students will have an opportunity to attend the Pre-College Academy at The College of New Jersey. Students will spend a week experiencing on-campus housing, participating in college and career workshops, and partaking in team building exercises.

BTE-Phoenixville Graduation!

On May 30,  families, teachers, and mentors came together to celebrate the graduation of students from BTE- Phoenixville! Congratulations on their well-deserved success!

BTE-Santa Ana, California, USA Graduation!

On May 18, BTE-Santa Ana partners celebrated the graduation of their students! We are so proud to announce all graduates will be attending college this fall! We wish you the best of luck for the future, Congratulations!

BTE-High Wycombe Graduation!

BTE-High Wycombe, UK partners will celebrate the graduation of the BTE students!

ABTS 2019

FHI 360’s annual Alliance Building and Training Session (ABTS) will be held in New Brunswick, New Jersey on October 2-4, 2019! The ABTS is a professional development and learning session for BTE partners from around the globe. This year, Student Ambassadors from eleven Year 2 and Year 3 sites will be selected to attend.

BTE-Auckland, New Zealand Volunteer Training

Half-day training session for BTE-Auckland, New Zealand Volunteers on positive youth development and helping young people plan for the future.

BTE-Las Piedras, Puerto Rico Volunteer Training

Half-day training session for BTE-Las Piedras, Puerto Rico Volunteers on positive youth development and building foundational skills.

BTE-East London, South Africa Volunteer Training

Half-day training session for BTE-East London, South Africa Volunteers on positive youth development and building foundational skills.

Strategic Planning: BTE-Athens, Georgia USA

FHI 360 will assist local partners in planning the new BTE program in Athens, Georgia, launching in September 2019.

Strategic Planning: BTE-Helsingborg, Sweden

FHI 360 will assist local partners in planning the new BTE program in Helsingborg, Sweden launching in September 2019.

BTE-Norristown Area Volunteer Training

Half-day training session for BTE-Norristown Area, Pennsylvania Volunteers on positive youth development and building foundational skills.

BTE Bracknell New Volunteer Training

FHI 360 will train  Volunteers in Bracknell, UK in positive youth development!

ABTS 2018

FHI 360 will bring all current BTE sites together at the annual Alliance Building and Training Session (ABTS). This year, ABTS will be in Lisbon, Portugal! Student Ambassadors from eleven year 2 and 3 sites will join the fun.

BTE-New Brunswick Volunteer Training

FHI 360 will train  Volunteers in New Brunswick, New Jersey in positive youth development!

BTE-Norristown Area Showcase

BTE students in Norristown Area will celebrate their year by showcasing their achievements to parents, family, and others.

BTE-Trenton End-of-Year Celebration

BTE students in Trenton, New Jersey will celebrate a successful school year!

BTE-Bracknell Kick-Off

A new BTE site joins us in the UK!

Yumbo, Colombia Volunteer Training

FHI 360 will train volunteers in Yumbo, Colombia on best practices in working with students.

New Brunswick Strategic Planning

FHI 360 will assist local partners in planning their new BTE program, launching 2018.

BTE-Yokneam, Israel Volunteer Training

FHI 360 will train Johnson & Johnson Volunteers in Israel in working with students.

BTE-Auckland Year 2 Site Visit

FHI 360 will meet with Johnson & Johnson and Brothers in Arms staff to evaluate progress and plan the next year.

Mexico City Kick-Off!

Welcome to a new member of the BTE family! BTE-Mexico City Kicks-off December 8th, 2017.

Las Piedras Kick-off!

Welcome to our newest BTE site, Las Piedras, Puerto Rico. They kick-off February 1st.

East London Kick-Off!

BTE-East London, South Africa joins the BTE family with their kick-off on January 31st.

2017 Alliance Building & Training Session

The 2017 Alliance Building & Training Session (ABTS) is scheduled for October 8-10 in Washington, DC.  More information will be available in the coming days.

Graduation, New Brunswick, NJ

Congratulations to BTE students in New Brunswick, NJ! We wish you the best of luck.

Graduation – Gurabo/Manati, PR

Congratulations to BTE students in Gurabo/Manati, Puerto Rico! We wish you the best of luck.

Welcome BTE- Cali, Colombia

Congratulations and welcome to our newest BTE site in Cali, Colombia. Students are kicking off the program today.

Volunteer Training – Auckland, NZ

Volunteers from Johnson & Johnson Medical New Zealand will participate in training to help guide and mentor Auckland’s new BTE students.

Strategic Planning – Pas Piedras, PR

Las Piedras, PR, one of the newest BTE sites, participates in strategic planning.

Strategic Planning – Bound Brook, NJ

Bound Brook, NJ, one of the newest BTE sites, participates in strategic planning.

Cardiac Classroom – San Diego

BTE – San Diego students will get hands-on experience with the cardiac classroom, an opportunity to learn about the human heart and related health conditions.

BTE Santa Ana College Visit

BTE Santa Ana will hold its first college visit. Students will explore its local community college and opportunities available.

BTE Santa Ana Workshop on College Knowledge

BTE Santa Ana students and parents will participate in a session on college knowledge, or the key information to apply, enroll, and success in college.

Graduation – BTE- Sydney, Australia

Congratulations to BTE-Sydney. Students will graduate from the program.

Kick-off; BTE-Leeds, UK

Welcome to our newest BTE site in Leeds, UK.

Kick-off – BTE – Santa Ana, CA

BTE welcomes students to its newest site in Santa Ana, CA.

Strategic Planning- Cali, Colombia

BTE- Cali, Colombia will kick-off its planning year with a strategic planning session supported by FHI 360.

Student Career Expo & Industry Bite

BTE- Sydney, Australia students will explore careers and industries through a day-long activity. Students will learn about healthcare careers from Johnson & Johnson professionals.

The Surgeon Experience

BTE Taunton is hosting  presentation by Dr. Sigman and Webcast this event to eight other BTE programs around the world. (Ambler, PA, Bucharest, Romania, North Plainfield NJ, Gurabo/Manati, PR, New Brunswick, NJ, San Diego, CA, San Lorenzo, PR, and
High Wycombe, UK)

During the session students will have the opportunity to interact with a surgeon, and learn what they do. Throug this students will also learn about sports medicine, its importance and why it is a growing market while understanding the relationship between DePuy Synthes and Johnson & Johnson.  Angela Landerholm, medical school student, will also explain her journey and the time, effort and energy it takes to complete medical school.

BTE Mumbai Summer Camp

During this five day camp, BTE Mumbai students will receive career guidance, complete science experiments, and develop soft skills.

BTE – Naples Graduation

Students from BTE – Naples will graduation from the program.

BTE – North Plainfield

Students from BTE – North Plainfield will celebrate their graduation.

BTE – Bucharest Graduation

BTE – Bucharest will celebrate the graduation of its students.

Announcing Winners!

Our year-long celebration of BTE continues! Join us on Thursday, May 4 at 11 am EDT as we announce the winners of The BTE Story Video Contest. Our first place prize is a trip to Washington, DC for the Alliance and Training Building Session in October. 

Watch us on Facebook Live at https://www.facebook.com/jandjbridgetoemployment/