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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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  • You guys should really read this whole psalm! It’s beautiful, and encouraging. God is our strength and refuge, so we will not fear even though the earth feels like it is falling apart and everything we knew is changing. He is unchanging! Do not fear, because a very powerful God is holding you in His arms.

#givemejesus #refuge #psalm46 #strength #truthcastsoutfear
  • Psalm 46! Jed has been talking about it in his videos, so I thought we’d share the first verse. Do you believe this truth?!? Ask God to help you believe, know, and feel this truth. The joy and peace that can be had in these troubling times is bountiful! God is toooooo good.

#corona #peace #joy #refuge #psalm46
  • Hey all! Come and grab some food! We will meet you at the the East Parking Lot Door of The Bridge. Let us know how many kids you have, and we will provide you with a bag for each child. All kids (0-18) are welcome to grab sack breakfast and lunch!
  • We are sad to announce, that due to schools being closed, all of our programs will be cancelled. We are exploring other opportunities to provide meals, mentoring, and resources, and we will have more information next week! Please call, email, or message us with any questions.

#youthcenter #corona #support #zeelandmichigan
  • This week we have a double day! The very  last 6th Grade Friday is this week, and it is the last day of our expression project!
  • Real talk - we will see serious low points in our lives; maybe you already have. The thing about being a Christian is that bad things will still happen. But you have a loving, compassionate, merciful, and powerful God that is with you. Lean on Him; talk to Him. We are promised everlasting life with Him, and that includes right now! God is with you right now, so choose to do life with him.

#mercy #compassion #desert #hardlife #givemejesus #mondaymotivation
  • Basketball today at Drop-In! Come join the fun🥳🏀 #youthcenter #basketball #safe #loved #valued
  • This world is crazy, confusing, tragic, and so hard to understand. It’s enough to make the logical way to feel: depressed, anxious, and lost! That’s why, the most comfort we can find is in the goodness of God, and the truth we find in Him. It’s not the answers we’re always searching for, but in Him there is peace, clarity, and hope!

#wordstoliveby #wednesdaywisdom
  • 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!