What is The Bridge?
We Are Empowering YOUth!!

Founded in 1979, The Bridge is a unique program of support and positive lifestyle enrichment for youth and adults. The Bridge offers a variety of interactive workshops and trainings which focus on leadership, communication, team building, anti-bullying, self-care, and more. What does BRIDGE mean to you?

Rather than being crisis-oriented, The Bridge helps to prepare and guide young people in managing the challenges, questions, and issues that arise during their teenage years, and beyond.

In addition, The Bridge works with parents, teachers, and other adults to help them support the youth in their lives, as well as find new levels of awareness and life satisfaction.

Throughout its history, The Bridge has offered trauma-informed, wholistic care, which nurtures physically, spiritually, and emotionally. With that as our foundation, we facilitate safe spaces for authentic relating, and build harmonious connections among diverse participants. We appreciate your interest in us and we look forward to getting to know you or your group at one of our Weekly Empowerment Sessions (ages 13+) or Off-Site Programs!

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HISTORY:

Founded by Sr. Helen Owens, OSF, RN, MSN, D.Min., the Weekly Empowerment Sessions were developed in 1979, with the help of youth and adults, in response to a need for a safe haven for young people to go and freely talk about their concerns while learning about the experiences of others. The Bridge began their Weekly Empowerment Sessions in 1980 in Camden County and continues to open its doors every Tuesday night to the Camden County community and beyond. Presently, two paid staff and over forty active youth and adult volunteers staff these sessions. All staff serve as positive role models, with a variety of backgrounds. The young people help facilitate the group and their input and suggestions are used in planning the weekly format.

After witnessing the success of the Weekly Empowerment Sessions, and recognizing that not everyone was able to get to The Bridge, our Off-Site Outreach Programs were developed and offered to the community. Our community programs are designed to meet the specific needs of Schools, Churches, Community Agencies, Parent Groups, Businesses, Health Practitioners, and Law Enforcement. Topics include: Team Building, Communication Skills, Conflict Management, Character Education, Self-Care, and Leadership Training, to name a few.

The Bridge is made possible through support from Virtua Health System; The Franciscan Sisters of Allegany; gifts from other organizations and private donations; as well as generous individuals. Their generosity is greatly appreciated! If you feel called to invest in the work that The Bridge is doing, please call 856-305-3714, or email .

Please check out the rest of our site, and feel free to stop by for one of our Weekly Empowerment Sessions - for your own personal enrichment, as well as those lives you may affect by your presence.