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About Us

The Bridge Youth Center is a youth center in downtown Zeeland, Michigan. We provide a variety of programs for youth, primarily geared toward middle school-aged kids. These programs are born from our vision of a community that values youth.

Our Programs

We offer a wide range of programs aimed at finding ways to build strengths in communities so that all young people are supported, nourished, and empowered to grow up healthy.

Volunteer

Our volunteers ensure that all of the young people who participate in Bridge programs are surrounded with multiple influences that give consistent messages of love, support, control, and positive values. Our volunteer are of all ages and all walks of life.

Upcoming Events

News

New Programming for 19-20 Year!

We have started three new programs this year on Friday afternoons, part of what we are calling Fun Fridays! For more information about each program please follow the links below:

6th Grade Fridays

Food for Thought

Expression

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  • Come on over for Drop-In!! We will have great food, tons of games, and a great devotional time!
  • Jesus turned religion on it’s head! Contrary to what religious leaders were saying Jesus said that the salvation was for all. His love is for the poor, the sinners, and the outcasts; if that isn’t a truth worth  celebrating, we don’t know what is!
#advent #truth #revolution #wednesdaywordofwisdom #godis #jesusisking
  • It might not look like Christmas outside, but we are preparing our hearts for the celebration of Christmas! 🎄❄️🎁 #advent #luke132 #christmas #reasonfortheseason
  • It’s 6th Grade Friday today!! If you’re a 6th  grader you better come hangout!

#youthcenter #youth
  • We are in the time of Advent! Advent is defined as: the arrival of a notable person, thing or event. We are celebrating the arrival of our Savior!! ~Isaiah 52:7-10~

How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of those who bring good news, who proclaim peace, who bring good tidings, who proclaim salvation, who say to Zion, “Your God reigns!”
  • It’s Drop-In day!!!! All middle and high schoolers are welcome to come hangout Tuesdays and Thursdays. We have food, games, a gym, ping pong, and Nintendo switches! 
#dropin #funtimes #nintendoswitch #food
  • Before Jesus came, the world was crying out for a savior; many prophecies were made about his coming - this being one of them⬆️ In this season of the year we try to put our selves in a place of anticipation. We are so looking forward to celebrating the day when Jesus Christ came into the world! Let’s relish this time when we get to prepare our hearts. ~Isaiah 11:2~

The Spirit of the Lord shall rest on him -

the Spirit of wisdom and of understanding,

the Spirit of council and of might,

the Spirit of the knowledge and the fear of the Lord - and he will delight in the fear of the Lord.
  • WEEKLY ANNOUNCEMENT: Claire Pickar❗️❕❗️❕❗️❕❗️❕❗️
  • “Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful.” God gives us peace! And we are so thankful for that in all seasons of life. Gratitude and thankfulness drives out anxiety, anger, hate, and pretty much all bad things we feel. What are you all thankful for?!? #thankfulness #thanksgiving #peace #givemejesus
  • After Skills for Life we had our second Food for Thought!! The kids made roasted vegetables and banana bread🤪🍌 We are so thankful for the volunteers at Second Reform who take the time to teach these important skills to our kids! 
#cooking #foodforthought #youthcenter
  • Last week our Bridge to Excellence kiddos participated in Bridging Out! Bridging Out is our operative to involve all students that attend The Bridge in some form of community service. This past week our students went around for two hours, raking peoples’ yards in our community, and it was a great time!

#bridgingout #B2E #rakingleaves #goodvibes
  • Skills for Life was awesome! Students were able to hear from a panel of hospital staff, and learn from students in tech school. It was an awesome day, and we learned so much!

#skillsforlife #medical #learningisfun #youthcenter #techschool
  • Is there a person or situation that is trying to trip you up? There are so many things that Satan will throw at us to get us to forget the sovereignty of God. But God is closer than your very breath - ready to help you overcome any obstacle in your way! For what can man do to you when the Lord is on your side? So be strong and courageous, knowing that God has got you .

I’m challenging you to read Joshua 1:5-9 and psalm 118, and get empowered people!

#empowerment #wordsofwisdom #wisdomwednesdays #strength #courage
  • e x p r e s s i o n . It is such a cool process! We had students here at The Bridge last week Friday working with an awesome artist to express their concept of “home.” We are just starting to see the project take form, and we cannot wait until it’s finished!

#hollandareaartscouncil #expression #art #youthcenter
  • Let’s have a little trust! He is a powerful God that brings hope, so you can trust Him! 
#givemejesus #mondaymotivation #hope #peace #trust #power
  • It’s Drop-In today!! Hop on the bus, and come on over👏🏻👏🏻
  • Wednesday Words to Live by today is brought to you by Bethel Music! This song is on their Victory album, and boy is it empowering! Check it out if you can:) .

These words should encourage you to step out of past shame and stand in the light. In Christ you are forgiven for every mistake you have made! Satan is keeping us quiet in our shame by using fear. But their is no condemnation, or judgement  when you are covered by Christ’s blood. 
#wordsofwisdom #wednesdaywordsofwisdom #nofear #shame #freedom #love #forgiveness
  • Have a great snow day everybody! We will see all of our Bridge to Excellence kids tomorrow:)
  • Not gonna lie, the snow is getting us a little excited about Christmas coming! We’re still a long ways off, but we can’t wait. Which makes us think about how long God’s people anticipated the coming of their Messiah, Jesus Christ. Living in this broken world they were so ready for redemption-ready for the person who was going to bring it. In this passage, they are prophesying (100’s of years before He would be born) that The Messiah would be heir to the throne of King David, but an eternal throne! -

On Christmas we get to celebrate our redeemer coming to earth, so that He could live a perfect life, die a sacrificial death for our sins, and then raise to life-concurring death! -

When your days are over and you rest with your ancestors, I will raise up your offspring to succeed you, your own flesh and blood, and I will establish his kingdom. He is the one who will build a house for my Name, and I will establish the throne of his kingdom forever.
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‭‭2 Samuel‬ ‭7:12-13‬ ‭NIV‬
  • This is a doxology! It is an expression of praise to God. This particular one is found in the book of Jude - the second to last book of the Bible. -📖: Jude 1:24-25

To Him who is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you before His glorious presence without fault and with great joy - to the only God our Savior be glory, majesty, power, and authority through Jesus Christ our Lord, before all ages, now and forevermore! Amen.
  • Just here for a friendly reminder that you are never alone and never forsaken. God is not just a judge from on high, He is your Father and Friend. He will give you the strength, peace, courage, whatever it is you need to take on the day!

#givemejesus #mondaymotivation #neveralone
  • Why is it so hard to focus on people other than ourselves??! Let’s pray for humility, and get out of our own heads and our own perspectives.
  • Our first expression session was amazing!!! What a wonderful space for kids to flex their creative muscles, think through big topics, and express their feelings, thoughts, and ideas. We cannot wait to see what they come up with for this Friday!

#hollandareaartscouncil #youthcenter #expression #programs
  • Want to know what’s happening at The Bridge this week?!? Joseph tells all!!!👆👆👆👆
  • Blessed are the meek; for they will inherit the earth. ~📖~ Matthew 5:5

#benice #kindness #wordsofwisdom #wednesdaywisdom #gentleness
  • Leading up to these words of Peter, Jesus made one of his boldest “I am” statements yet - “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never be hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.” .

He told the people they must eat his flesh and drink his blood, because He is the food and drink that will eternally satisfy. At this point many people who had been following him for days turned away from Jesus. Jesus turned to His 12 disciples who had stayed and said, “You do not want to leave me too, do you?” .

Peter responded, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life. We have come to believe and to know that you are the Holy One of God.” .

When you are at the lowest of the lows, who else will you turn to? #givemejesus #breadoflife
  • It’s our first week of expression! It’s Friday after school, and we provide transportation from school to The Bridge. Come grab paperwork or get it from our website !

Link to our website and email address are in the bio.