About Us

Breaktime operates Boston’s first transitional employment program specifically tailored to young adults experiencing homelessness.

Our Mission

Breaktime is a 501(c)(3) non-profit that empowers young adults experiencing homelessness to build stability in their own lives while building resilience in their communities. We operate Boston’s first transitional employment program for young adults experiencing homelessness in which young adults launch their careers, nurture their talents, and serve their communities. Through this early intervention that focuses on financial and personal empowerment, Breaktime helps prevent long-term chronic homelessness and supports young adults in becoming changemakers.

Why We Do What We Do...

the problem

1/10 young adults in the USA experience some form of homelessness each year.


While foundational job training programs do exist, young adults experiencing homelessness often encounter difficulty finding stable work after the program's completion.


Stable employment has been found to be the most critical factor in achieving stable housing. 

our response

Breaktime offers a flexible one year of "second-step" supported transitional employment to young adults experiencing homelessness. We then help pair our employees with their next opportunity.


We support our young adults with professional and personal development along with one-on-one career mentorship to build social capital and equip them for the 21st-century workforce.


We prioritize building community, reducing stigma, and catalyzing systems-level change.

Meet the Breaktime Team

We are a community of action-driven optimists committed to ending young adult homelessness


Connor Schoen

Co-Founder and



Sam Goodman

Director of


Tony Shu

Co-Founder and



Kathy Nichols

Director of


Laura Skinner

Director of Development

Michael Brown

Senior Advisor

Principal, Public Purpose Strategies
Co-Founder, City Year

Da'Waun Lewis

Assistant Manager of Operations

Emma MacKenzie


Xavier Toledo

Marketing and


Ben Workman

Development and Programs

Sara Bourne


Helen He


Andrew Tucker

Marketing and Branding

Jeffrey Wang


Erin Buck


Isaiah Romulus

Programs and


Nancy Wang


Rachel Gertsenshtyen


Breaktime is a

community partner of 

The City of Boston's Plan to End Youth and Young Adult Homelessness.

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©2020 Breaktime

(617) 286-6047

170 Portland Street, Boston, MA 02114

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