Success Stories

Follow the links below to learn more about how the Bridge Program has impacted lives.

Ankji Amazigh
Working the third shift and going to school is challenging, but Amazigh sees the upside. “I go to my TOEFL class three evenings a week before work, and I also see my tutor Cheryl Hutt and my career counselor from Bridge, Karen Samuelson. Now I’m taking a pronunciation class. It’s a lot to do, but I see the value of the TAP [Tuition Assistance Program] and Bridge. I don’t want to pass it up.” PDF

Bady Balde
This [2010] spring, Balde, a one-time dishwasher with Harvard’s Dining Services, will graduate from the Harvard Kennedy School (HKS), thanks to help from Harvard’s Bridge Program. He will leave with a diploma in his hand and a determination in his heart to help change his homeland, where a lack of education often has devastating repercussions. PDF

Kalan Chang
At 23, Kalan Chang has had more jobs than many people hold in a lifetime. And he is still getting started. The native of Ecuador has been a flower salesman, a shipping clerk, a restaurant worker, and a painter. PDF

Melani Bizarria
Melani Bizarria cries when she talks about Harvard’s Bridge to Learning and Literacy Program. “I need to say thank you so much for the opportunity,” says Bizarria after a recent English class, her eyes welling up with tears. “I’m trying to do my best, but I don’t have words to explain my feelings. I am very happy now.” Bizarria, a native of Brazil who works at Harvard University Dining Services, studies grammar, writing, pronunciation, and how to use a computer through the Bridge Program, which promotes learning and professional development for the University’s hourly employees, postdoctoral fellows, and members of the Harvard Union of Clerical and Technical Workers. PDF

Misty McGowan and Aurora Dias
For these two students at the Bridge Program, the unpaid internship has been a critical step on the way to a better job. PDF

Monica Tesoriero
Though Monica Tesoriero had a good job as a cashier at Harvard Business School, she knew she was capable of more. So when she heard about the Bridge program, she leapt at the opportunity to advance her education. PDF