About Us

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

Our Mission

Breaktime is a youth-led 501(c) (3) non-profit social enterprise that launches the careers of young adults experiencing homelessness through transitional employment and empowerment.  We believe that everyone deserves the opportunity to work with dignity, nurture their unique talents, become stably housed, and take control of their own careers and lives. Breaktime is helping young adults experiencing homelessness to find and fulfill their fullest potential. Together, we are building a financially sustainable organization and a community and culture of hope. Together, we are helping these young adults find their way home.

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


Da'Waun Lewis

Assistant Manager of Operations

Emma MacKenzie


Xavier Toledo

Marketing and


Tony Shu

Co-Founder and



Laura Skinner

Director of Development

Sara Bourne


Helen He


Andrew Tucker

Marketing and Branding

Kathy Nichols

Director of


Amina Johnson

Assistant Manager of Operations

Erin Buck


Isaiah Romulus

Programs and


Nancy Wang


Ben Workman

Development and Programs

Breaktime is a
community partner of 

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

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