November is "Empowering Teens Month"

Posted on Jul 9 2024 by Aaron Heldt

November is "Empowering Teens Month"

Teens need safe and encouraging places not just to BE, but also to BECOME. The Bridge Teen Center and The Bridge Thrift Store are committed to engaging, connecting and empowering young people on a daily basis. Through our FREE programs, events, and job readiness programming, we are challenging young people to discover new things, navigate life, and explore who they were created to be. This initiative has also been recognized by the State of Illinois with an official proclamation declaring November as Empowering Teens Month in the state each year.



Empowering Teens Month provides a variety of sponsorship packages (and group service opportunities) for small and large businesses in the community. Sponsorship packages fit a variety of budgets ranging from $250 - $5,000 and feature signage, social media exposure and collaboration, inclusion on t-shirts, and more. Click below to view see sponsorship packages and to support the teens we serve.

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You and your group can support LOCAL teens and families during Empowering Teens Month in any of these 3 ways:


Did you know... 2 hours of volunteer time from a group of 6 can generate enough support for 3 students to have unlimited access to The Bridge for 6 months! Throughout November, we are in need of individual volunteers and volunteer groups (families, businesses, community groups) to help processes donations at The Bridge Thrift Store. Click the text to learn more and sign up for Individual Service*, Volunteer Groups and Family Group** service opportunities. Volunteers receive t-shirts while supplies last. Have a question about volunteering? Contact us at [email protected] or call 705.532.0500.

*All adults age 18+ that would like to serve individually (not part of a group) must complete a Volunteer Application here.
**No children under 10. No application is required for students age 10 - 6th grade. However, students in 7th-12th grade who are not yet Bridge members MUST complete a Student Membership Application to volunteer.


We rely on your donations of gently used clothing, furniture and home goods to raise support for The Bridge Teen Center’s free programs. If you have larger furniture to donate, submit a Furniture Pick-Up Request. (Pick-ups are available to household within a 10 mile radius of our store.) Regular donations are accepted during store hours at the donation trailer behind The Bridge Thrift Store. Learn more about donating at


We process hundreds of bags of donated goods each month, which means our store stock is changing daily. Stop in for some incredible finds in November! The best part is, your bargain-hunting will support the holistic programs at The Bridge Teen Center that empower LOCAL teens on a daily basis.