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Bridge to Hope Program

University of Hawaii
Honolulu, HI, us
Program Affiliation:
  • University
Program Services Offered:
  • Advocacy
  • Job-Training
  • Referrals
  • Employment opportunities
Program Evaluation Available:
Program Description:

The Bridge to Hope program at the University of Hawaii is a partnership between the university and the State Department of Human Services offering on-campus employment and student support for First-to-Work public assistance participants enrolled full-time at any of the 10 University of Hawaii campuses (both CC and BA). There is no time limit for using post-secondary education activities to meet “non-core” requirements (up to 60 month TANF limit), and the State of Hawaii supports utilizing the post-secondary education option within JST (Job Skills Training). In addition to the VET (Vocational Education & Training) and JST options offered by TANF, Bridge to Hope offers a “third path” for those students unable to successfully transition to the required 20 hours of paid employment (or volunteer hours) for JST. This “third path” is a vestige of pre-2006 DRA rules changes and reduces the required “work activity” to a total of 20 hours a week of postsecondary education and on-campus work. Student parents may keep all of their on-campus wages rather than deduct them from their First-to-Work benefit. The initiative started in 2000 through a partnership between the university and the state Department of Human Services. The average student parent is a 34-year old single mother with three children. A survey of former Bridge to Hope participants found they earned a median hourly wage of $20.70.

Contact Information:

Name: Teresa Bill
Phone Number: (808) 956-9313
Program Website:

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