4-23-2011 Experience Life End of the Year Blow Out
Our students were in shock when they learned that Experience Life Church would be giving them $200 each to spend in the South Plains Mall. Experience Life Church also hosted an amazing lunch catered by Chick-Fil-A for the students and their families. One student said, "I have to thank my Mom for letting me be a part of this program, the people at The Bridge and I thank God. This is amazing."
4-19-2011 First Generation
Our school year program has come to end. To celebrate our success we played basketball, soccer, and had an intense game of dodge ball. After the fun and games we settled down to listen to some current students involved in Texas Tech's Pegasus program. Their overall focus is to provide successful transitions for first generation college students.
The ever popular, Terry Rasco joined us again to revisit living a life for Christ and Live Oak Community Church treated the students to Domino's Pizza and home-baked goodies for dessert.
4-12-2011 Leadership Ingredients
Tonight we focused on leadership. Our small group activities required the students to pick out the qualities of a good leader. Michael Ballou returned with a discussion about the foundation of character and Pastor Omar Bogan was kind enough to lead a devotion about respect. Our meal was generously donated by Rasing Canes!
4-5-2011 Say No To Selfish Desire
Christina Sapien returned to discuss some strategies on how to productively react to moments of anger. This discussion paved the way for an inspiring devotional about living a life for Christ. A life where you fight the urge to pursue selfish desires. A life where you choose actions that honor our Savior. Soul Train of Indiana Baptist closed the evening with a wonderful taco meal.
3-29-2011 Does your Inside match the Outside?
Rachel Clark from South Plains Food Bank taught our students how to make healthy French Toast. She also was generous enough to send each of our students home with a dozen eggs, milk, and two loaves of bread. Our guest speaker was Michelle Kwon, who is not only a professor at the Texas Tech School of Law but she is also a member of the The Bridge of Lubbock Board of Directors. Her message was quite clear, no matter how broken your childhood may seem, you can become whatever you want with hard work. Terry Rasco joined us again and surprised our students with a tasty devotional incorporating ice cream and toppings! His message: You may claim to be a Christian on the outside but are you on the inside? Victory Life Baptist Church ended our night with a selection of various pastas.
Armor of God, 3-22-011
With Spring Break behind us we took time to reunite in our small groups to discuss the everyday struggles that our students face and Michael Ballou led a discussion about character and individual value systems. The ladies of Sigma Phi Lambda provided the ultimate way to face struggles and define your values by putting on The Armor of God.
Tonight, the students were also treated to free dental screenings from Familia Dental and The Gamma Beta Phi Society not only provided the meal but they cooked it up in our kitchen so it would be fresh out of the oven.
Success and Perseverance, 3-8-2011
"If at first you don't succeed try and try again." Tonight we focused on success and failure and persevering through the tough times. Michael Ballou educated the group about dental and bone health. Sigma Phi Lambda provided us with a wonderful Taco Dinner and Jessie Cayton, president of the TTU chapter of Sigma Phi Lambda, gave a devotional on reaching out to God in the bad times as well as the good.
Healthy Minds - Healthy Bodies, 3-1-2011
We began our venture into Nutrition with Michael Ballou teaching us some basics of the human body. Students and mentors continued working in the curriculum "C"ing Your Future and learned even more about the benefits of a college education. Our devotional this week was given by Terry Rasco.
Go for Goals, 2-22,2011
In preparation for Go Center Night, Mentors worked closely with their mentees to discuss the excitement that lies ahead by attending college and openly discussed the real challenges they will face in order to make college a reality. Clayton Cobb, from TTU, led a discussion about stress and its impact on our decision making process. This discussion paved the way for Keith Graves who shared his testimony about his relationship with Jesus Christ. His message: Start a relationship with God and listen to His guidance. He knows your true potential. Don't let anyone tell you different.
Listening Leads to Good Communication, 2-15-2011
Michael Ballou continued his discussion about communication. This time he focused on the importance of listening. There's nothing like the game of Telephone to get everyone engaged. It was humorous as well as educational. Next our mentors faciliated a discussion about some success and helped the students create a "Dream Poster" where they created a visual representation of their goals and dreams. We closed the evening with a devotional led by Mentor Norris Rogers about how to call on Jesus when you need him. Members of Live Oak Community Church provided a salad, different types of pasta and yummy desserts for dinner.
Communication is the Key, 2-8-2011
After missing a week due to the cold and the snow, B2S picked right back up with Michael Ballou teaching us some basics on Communication. Michael will be returning over the semester to continue developing that all too important life skill. Sharon McCartney, a devoted Feed the Mind volunteer, provided our students with an opportunity to practice Michael's tips by creating Valentine's Day cards. Each student made a card or two which will be delivered to the residents of the Lakeside Rehabilitation Center later this month. In continuing with the theme of communication, our Mentors shared their stories with our students in an effort to find some common ground. There were many laughs and fun moments as students saw some interesting baby pictures. We closed with a devotional delivered by Justin from First Baptist Church of Lubbock about talents and how God wishes us to use them. The students then practiced their eating talents by scarfing down chopped brisket sandwiches for dinner also provided by First Baptist Church of Lubbock.
Minute to Win It, 1-25-2011
The Spring semester is finally here and we kicked it off with some wholesome fun inspired by the hit show "Minute to Win It. On a serious note Sarah Wilson from the YWCA discussed 40 Assets for success and Terry Rasco shared an inpirational devotion. Victory Life Baptist Church capped off the evening with Pizza.
Mentor Appreciation Night, 1-18-2011
In honor of National Mentoring Month, The Bridge hosted a Mentor Appreciation Night for the Bridge 2 Success mentors. Holiday Inn Park Plaza was generous to donate their gorgeous Garden Courtyard for the evening, and Carino's donated a delicious pasta dinner.