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

Communications Director

April Tate

Program Manager of Training

Ben Workman

Program and Development Coordinator

Aaron Lai

Communications Coordinator

Tony Shu

Co-Founder and



LaKeisha Franklin

Program Director

Laura Skinner

Development Director

Michael Brown

Senior Advisor

Principal, Public Purpose Strategies
Co-Founder, City Year

Emma MacKenzie

Program Coordinator

Jeffrey Wang

Program Coordinator

Rachel Gertsenshtyen

Development Coordinator 

Alex Koller

Development and Communications Coordinator

Nancy Wang

Communications Coordinator 

Breaktime is a
community partner of 

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

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