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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 to Drop-In tomorrow!! We will have food, games, and a volleyball match!
  • “I will not say: do not cry; for not all tears are evil.” - J.R.R Tolkien

Embrace your emotions! Talk, cry, laugh; the big thing is to express how you feel. 
#wordstoliveby #wednesdaywordsofwisdom
  • This is a small part of a bigger quote from C.S. Lewis’s book - Weight of Glory. It’s major and deep and reminds me of how we are called to love people. “It is a serious thing to live in a society of possible gods and goddesses, to remember that the dullest most uninteresting person you can talk to may one day be a creature which, if you saw now, you would be strongly tempted to worship, or else a horror and a corruption you would only meet in a nightmare. All day long we are in some degree helping each other to one or the other of these destinations. There are no ordinary people. You have never talked to a mere mortal. Nations, cultures, arts, civilizations - these are mortal, and their life is to ours as the life of a gnat. But it is immortals whom we joke with, work with, marry, snub, exploit - immortal horrors or everlasting splendors.”
  • 6th Grade Friday is this week!!! As well as Food for Thought! So if you are a 6th grader and/or signed up for Food for Thought, we will see you Friday!
  • Here Jesus is explaining how we should pray. We don’t need fancy words so that God will hear us. He always hears, and he already knows what we need every minute of everyday. Jesus tells us to pray like this: “Our father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us today our daily bread. And forgive us of our debts as we also have forgiven our debtors. And lead us not into temptation and deliver us from the evil one.” ~Matthew 6:9-13
  • Have you ever felt a lack of hope? Anxiety that won’t go away? Fear of the future or situation? Constant worry? 
These thoughts and feelings can plague us, and we try to distract ourselves with friends, school, video games. But the best solution is to talk to God. And I mean OUT LOUD! It might feel weird at first but God wants to hear from you and He cares for you. When you are feeling weighed down, tell Him how you feel, and I promise He will bring you peace and freedom from negative thoughts if you ask for it. He is a faithful God, and He answers our prayers. ~

Take out your Bible and look up 1 Peter 5:7.
  • The Hebrew word for peace is shalom. Shalom absolutely means no conflict or war, but on a deeper level it means to be complete or have wholeness. Our lives are so complex with different people, places and situations that makeup our existence; when pieces of our lives are missing or off we feel a lack of peace. ~

Shalom is also a verb - you can bring shalom to a situation or person. The way God brings peace to us, or uses people in our lives to bring us peace. ~

Matthew 5:9 reads, “blessed are the peacemakers for they will he called children of God.” ~

How can you make peace in someone’s life? Or how can you bring wholeness to someone? We are called to be peaceMAKERS, and we cannot do that by sitting back and hoping things will go well.
  • Get ready people!! We are so excited to start our new expression project this Friday! We are going to be learning the technique of WOOD BURNING🔥 and this program is free!! If you have any art interest, please stop by the Bridge Youth Center and get paperwork!
  • Merry Christmas! We had the best Christmas party yesterday, and it was such a great way to end the semester. We pray that everyone has a wonderful time with their family, celebrating the coming of our savior! We will be closed for the holiday and starting up programs on January 6, 2020 with Bridge to Excellence!
  • This Thursday we are having our annual Christmas Party!! It’s after school, here at The Bridge Youth Center, so bring your friends and come celebrate with us! We will be serving so much food, playing tournaments (Uno, Nintendo Switch, basketball, pickle ball, and pool) and we will also be handing out gifts to every kid that attends! And at the end of the day we will draw for a Grand Prize🤑🤑 so we will see you all on Thursday, 2:30 - 5:00 p.m.!
  • We can’t express enough why we are so thankful for Christmas. The True Light came into the world to save us from the darkness of sin and death. Yes there is still sin and tragedy everywhere, but because of Jesus we have hope! 
#truelight #hope #advent #christmas #givemejesus #givemejesusmonday
  • 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!”
  • 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.
  • “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