New York City Bridges Office

The New York Bridges office began in September of 2018 in collaboration with the New York City Department of Education to serve youth with disabilities in New York Public Schools.

The New York Bridges office matches youth with disabilities between the ages of 17-22 with competitive, paid employment opportunities with local New York businesses who are seeking workforce diversification solutions. Learn more about what we do and how we're funded.

Office Address and Phone Number

450 Lexington Avenue
New York, NY 10017

Hours of Operation

Monday - Friday
9:00am - 5:00pm

Staff Contact Information

Kelly Pavich
Interim Director
kelly.pavich@marriott.com
708-655-8412

Kristian Ayala
Employer Representative
kristian.ayala@marriott.com

Kevin McCarthy
Senior Employer Representative
kevin.c.mccarthy@marriott.com

Iwona Zarzecka
Employer Representative
iwona.zarzecka@marriott.com

Who We Serve

The New York City Bridges office serves:

  • Employers in the NYC metropolitan area
  • Youth participants from selected NYC school districts
  • We also work closely with parents, guardians and local schools

Age & Residency Requirements

  • Are between the ages of 17-24
  • Have a documented disability (psychiatric evaluation by a medical professional or IEP/504 plan)
  • Have a valid social security card (or other U.S. citizenship document)
  • Are interested in employment
  • Have reached a level of independence to work without intensive on the job coaching

Interested in participating? Fill out an application here.

Our Partners

How to donate to the NYC office

Bridges relies on various sources for funding that includes financial support from foundations, institutions and individuals. We invite you to learn more about how to donate to the NYC Bridges office by contacting Kelly Pavich at 708-655-8412 or kelly.pavich@marriott.com.