New Youth Center planned for Mesquite
By media release
Mar 16, 2019
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Mesquite, Texas -- A 14,000-square-foot Youth Center is planned for 1717 McKenzie Rd Mesquite 75181. This facility will be a permanent solution for our youth ages 12-18 and will provide sustainable life skill programs, reading/study/homework area, music studio, car garage, teen drop-in center food & clothing pantry, a sports field, basketball court and recreations area.   We anticipate the Youth Center will also be a drop-in center for homeless youth providing the homeless with food, clothing and a free laundry center.  Raising the Bridge is a 501c3 not-for-profit organization dedicated to serving the youth of Mesquite. 

Raising the Bridge provides opportunities for young people to reach their full potential and the skills and confidence to make healthy choices. While the focus of Raising the Bridge is to provide support and a safe haven, we believe that the most effective way to do this is by addressing the root cause which contribute to growing high school dropout rate, alcohol use and teen pregnancy. Because of this we address many issues such as depression, body image, education, healthy alternatives and community responsibility. Together, these efforts combine to provide a comprehensive, multifaceted approach aimed at building relationships and providing support to the youth of our community. 

The projected cost of the youth center is $4 million dollars.  Donate to this project through Amazon.  It costs you nothing to donate.  Would you take a few minutes and go to: and log in as you normally would.  On the main menu, click on Account & Lists and click on AmazonSmile Charity Lists.  Scroll down and enter our Raising the Bridge into the search box and click the Search button.  Then click on the Select button, it's the Mesquite Texas entry and select our organization as the one Amazon will make a charitable donation to and click the check box and from now on when you want to make a purchase from Amazon instead of going to go to and for each purchase you make, Amazon will donate 1/2 of 1 percent of your purchase to our organization.  It's free and costs you nothing.  Consider book marking as a book mark in your browser.

Andrew Morris, Executive Director, of Raising the Bridge said the organization has hosted over 90 programs and events and served over 8000 children in Mesquite.  The 2019 programs being offered include: Teen Night, Basic Skin Care & Makeup, Girl Power Session, Basic Car Maintenance, Community Garden sessions, Independent Cooking for Girls, Summer Sports Program, Pool Parties, Tea Party for Girls, Man Power Session, THRILLER Dance Showcase, Garden Fall Festival, Young Men's Program & Young Women's Program.  Scholarships are available.  Our organization's main objective is how we can reach the youth at their level and make a difference in their daily lives.  We are constantly thinking about the future of our Mesquite youth, said Mr. Morris.

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