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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

  • 2:30 pm 5:00 pm, September 24, 2019 – Drop In
  • 2:30 pm 5:00 pm, September 26, 2019 – Drop In
  • 2:30 pm 5:00 pm, September 27, 2019 – Food For Thought
  • 2:30 pm 5:00 pm, October 1, 2019 – Drop In
  • 2:30 pm 5:00 pm, October 3, 2019 – Drop In
  • 2:30 pm 5:00 pm, October 4, 2019 – 6th Grade Friday's

News

Golf Outing

The Bridge Youth Center hosts an annual golf outing to help raise funds for our operating budget. This year, the event will take place on August 30 at Winding Creek Golf Club. Please register below

@bymczeelandmi

  • 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. 
info@bymczeeland.org
(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~
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Come to me, all who are weary and heavily burdened, and I will give you rest.
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#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*
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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!
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#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!
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#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! .
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#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!
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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(:
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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 ☀️
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#thebridge #youthcenter #kayaking
  • We fully support a summer filled with ice cream, the beach, and time with these kids ☀️
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#thebridge #youthcenter #summer #wednesday #beach #icecream
  • Yesterday, a group of students and staff played a game of kickball and then ventured out to Captain Sundae!
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Today, we will be having Meet Up and Eat Up from 12-1 and then Drop-In from 1-3.
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#students #kickball #icecream #youthcenter #thebridge #summer
  • Three cheers to the end of the school year! We can’t wait until summer officially starts ☀️
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If you want information on how to get involved over the summer, send us a message or visit bymczeeland.org 
#summer #endofschool #youthcenter #thebridgeyouthcenter
  • THIS THURSDAY come out and celebrate the end of the school year and the start of summer! Free and open to all students!
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#safe #loved #valued #summer #youthcenter #dropin #games
  • Be on you’re look out! You never know when God plans on using you in someone else’s life. Stay close to His heart, and be ready for your moment.
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#mondaymatters #givemejesus
  • Drop-in today! All are welcome here and all are safe, loved, and valued. Invite your friends! We are ready to hang. 🥳🤩😎! #dropin #safe #loved #valued #friends #fun #youthcenter
  • What fun times we have at drop-in😄 come join us today at The Bridge! !

#dropin #food #games #friends #safe #loved #valued
  • Checkout these awesome food volunteers! We serve food to kids at every program, and these are just a few of the people that make it possible! Come to Drop-in today - grab food, play some games, and hangout with friends! 💃🏼🍕🥗🏀🕺 #food #volunterappreciation #dropin #youthcenter
  • Nobody wants to go through hard times, but it’s in those times that we grow and we learn. .

In Ecclesiastes 7 it says, “It is better to go into the house of mourning than to go to a house of feasting... Frustration is better than laughter, because a sad face is good for the heart. The heart of the wise is in the house of mourning, but the heart of fools is in the house of pleasure.” .

This author sounds a little odd, but there is such wisdom in these words. Seeking pleasure, and immediate gratification is not where we find satisfaction! We learn more about ourselves, about God, and about how we want to live our lives when we are in the house of mourning. It’s not fun to be in the valley, but there’s so much value in those times. So if you’re going through a hard time dig in and ask God what you are supposed to be learning. 
#wednesdaywisdom #wordstoliveby
  • We’re ready for summer! Checkout our website to download our summer packet, which includes: information, schedule, transportation waver, and more! Let’s make this summer a great one!🌸🌲🏄‍♂️🏸🥝🏖🛶🧗‍♀️🎨🎼 Click the link in our bio! And start making your summer plans👍🏻 #bymczeeland #summer2019
  • There’s mayhem this May at the Bridge Youth Center. Come check out the fun! We will have tournaments, prizes, food, and a raffle! All are welcome at the Bridge. ⚠️ #mayhem #bymczeeland #dropin
  • “You therefore, have no excuse, you who pass judgement on someone else, for at whatever point you judge another, you are condemning yourself, because you who pass judgement do the same things. Now we know that God’s judgement against those who do such things is based on truth. So when you a mere human being, pass judgement on them and yet do the same things, do you think you will escape God’s judgement? Or do you show contempt for the riches of his kindness, forbearance, and patience, not realizing that God’s kindness is intended to lead you to repentance?”
📖 Romans 2:1-4

Kindness is key! Before you start pointing fingers at other people for the wrong things they do, check yo self! Not one of us is perfect, therefore we are unable to judge fairly. That is why there is one judge who is perfect. We are called to love others, not be a judge. .

#repentance #kindness #judge 
#mondaywisdom #givemejesus
  • No matter how much you dislike a person no one is all bad. Look for the good in each person you interact with, sometimes it will be hard to find, but it’s there! And when you’re really mad at a friend or family member, remember all the reasons there is to love that person, and respond with kindness. .

#wordstoliveby #wordsofwisdom #wednesdaywisdom
  • Our God is compassion, because He is all things good. Take your worries and troubles to Him, because He cares! Talk to God throughout the day, and tell Him about the big and small things. He is the ultimate best friend!

#givemejesus #scripture #comfort #healing #bestfriends