Bridge to Hope (BTH) is a nationally recognized, model partnership between the University of Hawai'i and the State Dept. of Human Services (DHS) supporting post-secondary education as a means for welfare recipients to achieve life-long economic self-sufficiency, leaving not only welfare but also poverty.
The difference between economic self-sufficiency and poverty. Both national research and our local experiences show the additional earning capacity of a college degree can make the difference between economic self-sufficiency and continued poverty. Bridge to Hope is Hawai'i’s local response to this need.
“First to Work” Encourages Education with Reduced Work Requirement:
In its first 3 years (6/2000 - 6/2003) Bridge to Hope:
Similar TANF Education Program in Maine Reports Increased Earnings:
Sources: Deprez, Louisa, Sandra Butler, and Rebekah Smith. 2002. Parents as Scholars: Education Works. Prepared for the Alliance for Family Success. Augusta, ME: Alliance for Family Success.
Leaving Welfare Does Not Mean Leaving Poverty:
BTH Milestones: Hawai'i’s model program supports post-secondary education
Bridge to Hope Program History:
Bridge to Hope is a very successful example of cross-campus and university / community collaboration to meet low-income families’ needs for increased education to attain economic self-sufficiency.
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