In order to provide a safe place where students can engage with caring mentors and learn to become positive influences within the community, The Bridge Youth Center has been offering the Bridge to Excellence Program for a number of years. Bridge to Excellence is a service-learning program that seeks to partner mentors with middle & high school students in order to foster social, educational, and spiritual excellence.
- 2:45-3:15–Free time for snacks, relaxation, and socializing. We provide a snack each day and give the kids a chance to unwind from school before starting their work.
- 3:15-3:30–Couch time. This is a time where a leader or local youth pastor engages with the students in a time of devotions & bible study. Students are also given opportunities to help lead during this time if they request.
- 3:30-5:00–Mentoring time. During this time students are paired up with mentors individually or in small groups. They use this time to complete homework, get caught up with missing assignments, study for upcoming tests, talk with one another, and play games.
Additionally, once a month the group engages in a service learning opportunity by going out into the community to learn to serve those in need. Students have engaged in a number of service opportunities in the past, ranging from doing yard work for shut ins to assisting other community organizations that aim to serve those in need.
Because this program is designed with building positive relationships in mind, we ask that students make a commitment to being here for each program day. If there are conflicts, we ask that parents or students notify us before the start of the program so that we can prepare appropriately for each day and maintain accountability for attendance. You can download our B2E Student Contract 17-18 to fill out if you are interested in becoming involved with this program.