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.


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


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



  • 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.
  • Weekly update! I think Claire said it 15 times, but take paper work, fill it out, and get it back into us so you can come to awesome new programs!
  • If you grew up in a Christian home, our just in West Michigan you might have knowledge surrounding God and Jesus. You may have heard all the big stories multiple times, and you know a lot about God. But do you know God? Do you know him as Father, Friend, Comforter? He knows you, and loves every inch of you! Open up the scriptures and learn from Him; God will reveal himself to you in undeniable ways if you sit in stillness, and quiet the distractions that are everywhere. Spend time with the One who loves you .

#scriptures #wordsofwisdom #wednesdaywisdom #father #savior #friend
  • God wants good things for our lives. He wants to see abundance in our relationships, fulfillment in school, job, and family. So when we call on Him with a pure heart and good intentions He will answer us .

#givemejesus #abundance #thegoodlife #prayer #needs
  • Bridge to Excellence is a commitment-based program, designed to improve kids’ school engagement by increasing opportunities to complete schoolwork and  develop positive relationships with other students and caring mentors. It starts today! If you are interested in being apart of this program, stop by today and check it out.
  • Tomorrow is 6th Grade Friday!! So are you coming?!?!? If you like game, food, all around amazing times, and are a 6TH GRADER, then 6th grade Friday is for you😉😃🤩
  • A slave to fear - fear of messing up, fear of being different, fear of standing up for what is right, fear of what could happen tomorrow, fear of letting people down, and it goes on and on and on. .

BUT because God is good he saves us from this slavery! By claiming us as his own, and giving us a plan and purpose for our lives, we can take on each day free from fear. It’s not automatic; when you accept Jesus into you’re heart you will not all of a sudden have no fear, but when we are lost in worries and anxiety we can turn to Him. He will give peace that passes understanding, and all that we have to do is ask. .

So if this is you today, call on the Lord to release you from your fears. Satan wants you to focus on all the things that can’t be fixed and trying things to come, but you have a powerful God that will free you. Don’t stay a slave to fear. .

@shaneandshane #slavetofearnomore #wordsofwisdom #wisdomwednesday
  • “For all people are like grass, and all their glory is like the flowers of the field; the grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of the Lord endures forever.”

Peter 1:24-1:25 .

Put your hope in something that lasts. Everything in our lives is fleeting, so study what matters! We spend so much time focused on things that are not eternal, so let’s challenge our selves and learn what God has to say. #readtheword #givemejesus #hope #kingofmyheart
  • Food for Thought happened today! What a fun time. We were weeping for joy (or bc onions🤷‍♀️), and making delicious Baked Ziti! Learning to cook is so fun, especially with the help of the skilled volunteers at Second Reformed Church!👨‍🍳👩‍🍳
  • WEEKLY ANNOUNCEMENT! (ft. Scott) Tune in!😎😬👍🏻
  • Sometimes it feels like we’re so far from God or we’ve messed up too many times or in too big of a way. Our shame tells us we’re unforgivable, unworthy, and unwanted. But God tells us in His living word that we can still return to him! He will release us from any shame that is holding us. He washes us clean, and makes us a new creation that is totally free from shame. You are worthy, you are forgiven, and you are wanted home.

#givemejesus #jesusmondays #shame #forgiven #worthy #wanted #loved #livingword
  • Want to learn how to cook awesome, easy, cost effective, and delicious meals?! 🍣🌮🥙🌭🍖🥑🥖🥝🥪🥘🍛🥧Sign up for Food for Thought! Food for Thought will take place on Friday’s after school every other month. Our first program day is next week Friday! So let us know ASAP through Facebook, Instagram, emailing, stopping by, or giving us a call, and we will sign you up.
(616) 772-3843 .

#foodforthought #cooking #learntocook #youthcenter #youthcooking #healthyrecipes
  • Ask us how fun 6th Grade Friday was!! SO FUN! .

#6thgradefridays #youthcenter #food #games #community #friendship
  • IT’S TOMORROW! 6th Grade Friday’s premiers tomorrow! If you are a 6th grader you better come to The Bridge Youth Center tomorrow after school! There will be free food, games in the Gym, and a Mario Kart tournament. See you tomorrow!

#6thgradefridays #drop-in #goodvibes #bethereorbesquare
  • I don’t know how everyone feels about rain; some people like the cozy feeling it gives them when they’re inside reading a book (or watching Netflix); some people think clouds and rain are sad and depressing; some people love getting drenched in a warm summer shower. But no matter what you individually feel about rain, this passage of the Bible is beautiful. Here in Hosea 6 the Israelites are saying to God “we will turn from our evil ways!” Because they are finding out that life without God is desolate and depraved. When sin is entangling us it is like we are in a desert, dying for water. But when we turn to God he brings Living Water, rain that satisfies our heart, body, and soul! In this verse God is promising to bring his goodness into our broken lives. Bring on the rain!🙌🏻🙌🏻 #givemejesus #scripture #livingwater
  • One week away from our very first 6th Grade Friday! This will be a Drop-In for 6th graders ONLY. It will be a grand time of food, games, and activities! If you know any 6th graders who want to grow there community and friendship send them to The Bridge Youth Center September 13th🎈🍪🍭⚽️🏐😎😆 .

#6thgradefridays #drop-in #community #games #food
  • God is good! And he wants all good things for you and you’re life. With Him you will bear so much good fruit! So if you’re in the hard times right now or worried about what’s ahead, remember that He is a good God! He will never let you down. I hope this Wednesday’s Words to Live By is encouraging and uplifting, and if you want more of it, look up this awesome song!

#wordsofwisdom #wordstoliveby #wednesdaywisdom #bethelmusic #kingofmyheart
  • We are so excited for the school year, because we miss you guys a whooooole lot! We have loved the summer with all you wonderful, unique, creative, and thoughtful kiddos, and we’re ready to see more of you! Drop-in starts this coming Tuesday, so everyone better be there.🙌🏻 AND we cannot wait to start up our new programs this year! Send us a message if you want more information on 6th Grade Friday’s, expression (art program), or Food for Thought (cooking program). Or head to the link in the bio and learn more on our website! Seriously excited for this year.

#schoolyear #drop-in #youthcenter #freefood #games #friends
  • We’re praying that everyone gets off to a good start this year! School can be overwhelming and stressful, but we’re asking that God’s peace be with each person in our community. .
~Matthew 11:28~
Come to me, all who are weary and heavily burdened, and I will give you rest.
#givemejesus #monday #mondaysareforjesus #schoolsback #peace #rest
  • * THERE ARE NO SPOTS LEFT! All of the spots are completely filled! You can contact us about being on a waitlist*
We’re Michigan’s Adventure bound this Wednesday!! We will be leaving from the Bridge at 10:00 am. Limited spots are open, so comment below to let us know if you plan on joining. (Almost full! We only have three slots left, so let us know by the end of programs today!)
  • Giraffes and goats and kids, oh my! What a great time visiting and learning about the animals of Binder Park Zoo!
#zoo #bridgingout #trips #youth #binderparkzoo #giraffe #goat #kid #animals
  • We conquered GR! So much fun exploring this beautiful city. We saw museums, the library, Rosa Parks Circle, and more!

#grandrapids #bridgingout #trips #youth #exploration #scavengerhunt
  • We had a blast at camp! We’re so thankful to @cranhillranch for having awesome facilities, and activities. We grew closer as friends, closer to God, and made amazing memories! .
#summerprograms #youthcenter #camp 
Photo cred: @joecanon_
  • The Bridge is taking on GR tomorrow! Come checkout Grand Rapids, eat lunch and join in on an awesome scavenger hunt! Meet us here at the Bridge by 11:00 a.m. tomorrow😎👍🏻
  • Better food, better future. 🥒🥬🍅🌶🥦 .

#gardenproject #healthylife #vrieslandchurch #csa
  • Sometimes life feels like a series of waiting for different things - waiting for summer, waiting to graduate, waiting for the one, waiting for the right job, and on and on! Let’s just try to enjoy each day for where we are at, knowing that there are good and hard things to come. Every day has something to be thankful for, so let’s practice looking for those things today!

#wordsofwisdom #wordstoliveby #wisdom #patience
  • A big THANK YOU to everyone who came out to The Bridge to have their car washed today! Because of you, many kids are well on their way to paying for camp!
Next week Monday, we will be doing a pop can drive. If you have any laying around that you’d like to donate, please contact us to drop them off or schedule a time when we can come grab them!
  • What words have you been using?! Have they been loving, uplifting and encouraging? Words that bring life to people are what we should be coming out of our mouths. Kind words are good for the soul and good for overall well-being. Who are you going to uplift today?
#givemejesus #kindnessisking #love
  • What a BEAUTIFUL day out enjoying nature at Hemlock Crossing Park. We are so lucky to have all of this so close to home(:
We hope everyone has a great 4th of July weekend! We will see you again on Monday!
#thebridge #youthcenter #nature #trails #summer
  • A huge thank you to @watertrailexplorer1 for taking us out on the water today and hosting the perfect day! We really were blessed with the best possible weather ☀️
#thebridge #youthcenter #kayaking
  • We fully support a summer filled with ice cream, the beach, and time with these kids ☀️
#thebridge #youthcenter #summer #wednesday #beach #icecream