Teen Center Launching Empowering Teens Month in November

Posted on Sep 10 2021 by Aaron Heldt

Teen Center Launching Empowering Teens Month in November

ORLAND PARK, IL – For each of the last 10 years, The Bridge Teen Center (in partnership with their sister organization, The Bridge Thrift Store) has recognized National Bullying Prevention Awareness Month through a variety of successful events and community-centered initiatives. Although bullying remains an active part of many teens' lives, The Bridge Teen Center’s latest initiative is designed to celebrate and raise awareness of real solutions to the struggles teens are facing in our changed world instead of amplifying a single issue. 

For the last decade, The Bridge’s holistic perspective has helped students discover their gifts, talents, likes, dislikes and potential through a wide variety of free programs and events. This year, The Bridge, along with many individuals and businesses in the community, will celebrate this widespread impact. 

Empowering Teens Month will be held in November with a goal of raising awareness of the importance of holistically-designed afterschool programs like those offered by The Bridge. Most importantly, this initiative will celebrate the undeniable impact effective afterschool programs have on teens locally and nationally. Since 2010, The Bridge has successfully engaged, connected and empowered more than 10,500 different students from 128 communities. The Bridge also stands as a model for afterschool programs all over the world, and continually provides support to groups and organizations with similar missions. 

Empowering Teens Month will give the community the opportunity to show their support of The Bridge’s mission through group volunteer opportunities and month-long sponsorship opportunities. In years past, large companies, small businesses, church groups and others have rallied together in support of our local teens. In addition to raising funds to support the Teen Center’s free programs, a month-long awareness campaign will educate the public about how afterschool programs effectively empower teens. Special “on mission” themed programs for teens will also be offered by the Teen Center throughout the year. 

During Empowering Teens Month, there are three ways for the community to get involved:

Shop - The Bridge Thrift Store processes hundreds of bags of donated goods each month, with a large volume expected in November. Store inventory is changing daily, and there are great finds every single day. Best of all, bargain-hunting will support the holistic programs at The Bridge Teen Center that provide students with hope, purpose and direction in their lives.

Donate/Sponsor - The community can donate gently used items at the back of The Bridge Thrift Store building at their touch-free donation trailer located at 15605 S. 71st Court in Orland Park, Illinois. Clothing, books, games, furniture, dishes and more are accepted. Donation hours are Monday through Saturday during store hours. Donations are tax deductible to the extent provided by law. Sponsors are also being sought for the month-long initiative. For more info, click here.

Volunteer – Business, schools, churches and family groups are encouraged to volunteer at The Bridge Thrift Store to sort and organize donated items. Individuals and groups (age 10+) will be scheduled on select Saturdays (and select other days) throughout November. To inquire about volunteering, call 708.532.0500 or email to [email protected]

The Bridge Teen Center is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, providing free programs during afterschool and unsupervised hours that help teenagers develop emotionally, physically, mentally and spiritually in a safe environment. Since 2010, The Bridge has served more than 10,500 different teens from 128 Chicago Southland and Northwest Indiana communities. For more info, visit www.thebridgeteencenter.org or call 708.532.0500.