Tony Shu took the Philanthropy Lab course at Harvard in Fall 2018 and represented Harvard at the Philanthropy Lab Ambassadors Conference in Summer 2019.

Connor Schoen and Tony Shu, who met as undergraduates at Harvard, cofounded Breaktime with a mission to end young adult homelessness. Through purposeful transitional employment, Breaktime empowers young adults experiencing homelessness to build sustainability in their lives while building resilience in their communities. During the first 8 months of the pandemic, Breaktime employed 25 young adults experiencing homelessness who led the preparation and delivery of over 500,000 meals to people experiencing food insecurity in Boston–all while earning a living wage and developing career-launching job skills. Breaktime is backed by the City of Boston, Liberty Mutual, BlackRock, and hundreds of other partners.

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