UH offers Bridge to Hope to welfare recipients

UH offers Bridge to Hope to welfare recipients


>>UH Manoa Narrator Emilie Howlett: Krystti
Kim, a student at the University of Hawai’i at Manoa, always knew she wanted to go to
college. But things definitely got more complicated
when she found out she was pregnant, right after high school.>>Narrator: A program for welfare recipients
called Bridge to Hope has helped her juggle her family, work and school responsibilities. And it is even having an impact on her 5-year-old
daughter, Heizol.>>UH Manoa Bridge to Hope Participant Krystti
Kim: She sees me going to school, she sees me working, she feels that she can do the
same because she feels that she wants to become what I become because she sees me doing it
every day.>>Narrator: The program helped Kim find work
at the University of Hawai’i at Manoa Children’s Center, which works perfectly with her plan
of becoming an early childhood educator.>>Krystti Kim: I love kids alone. It just seems like I fit, like they get along
with me well and I just kind of grew a passion to do it.>>Narrator: And Bridge to Hope is helping
her realize that passion. And she’s not the only one. Across the ten UH campuses, the program has
helped over 500 students pursue their college dreams.>>Bridge to Hope UH Systemwide Coordinator
Teresa Bill: Students participating in Bridge to Hope are low income, often single parents,
most of them are women–97% of our participants are women–and they are driven and excited
about pursuing education as a way for them to be able to support their families.>>Narrator: Bridge to Hope was established
in the year 2000 to help people like Kim and the UH Commission on the Status of Women played
a key role. They joined forces with community organizers
and went to lawmakers to demand higher education opportunities for welfare recipients.>>Narrator: The result? A brighter economic future for hundreds of
families.>>Krystti Kim: Without Bridge to Hope I think
I really would be trying to shuffle school and work and my daughter and, I would be lost.>>Narrator: For more, visit hawaii.edu/bridgetohope

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