Save the Dates! Cyberbullying & Substance Abuse Workshops

Save the dates! We’re thrilled to share that we just finalized two upcoming workshops on cyberbullying and substance abuse prevention among youth. These events are open to the whole community and are FREE because of a generous grant from the Foundation for the Enhacement of Mitchell County. Don’t miss these opportunities to interact with these North Iowan experts in Mitchell County:

Sara BroersCyberbullying

Date: Monday, August 18th, 2014
4:30-5:30 p.m.
Osage Middle School Cafeteria, 820 Sawyer Drive, Osage, IA 50401
FREE. Refreshments will be provided.

Sara Broers has been active online through social media for 5 1/2 years. She blogs at All In An Iowa Mom’s Day and Travel With Sara. Through social media she has met and worked with some of the top cyberbullying/bullying experts in the industry. Sara will educate you on what apps are bullying platforms and offer advice on how to avoid cyberbullying and bullying in the workplace. Sara will define what bullying and cyberbullying are so you can work in a safer, smarter work environment. She is the owner of Social Connections, LLC out of North Central Iowa. Click here to RSVP on our Facebook page.

imgresPreventing Substance Abuse

Date: Wednesday, September 10th, 2014
5:30-6:30 p.m.
Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, 833 Ash Street, Osage, IA 50401
FREE admission & butterfly pork chop dinner courtesy of Signatures Supper Club.

Jay Pedelty, CPS, is a Prevention Specialist at Prairie Ridge-Addictions Treatment Services and certified instructor for Prime for Life program. He will present about preventing alcohol and drug abuse among young people.

Click here to RSVP on our Facebook page. Contact us or call (641) 732-3566 if you have any questions or want to RSVP to either of the events. We hope to see you there.

Mentor Spotlight: Meet Craig

Mentor Spotlight GraphicWhen people consider becoming mentors, they often wonder things like, “What type of people choose to mentor?” and “Why mentor?”

We thought it would be fun to introduce some of our mentors so they can share more about who they are and their mentoring experiences.

Bridges mentors live in all parts of Mitchell County. Some have mentored since the programs began in 1999 while others have joined us recently. Our mentors range in age from young adults to those who are retired. Some choose to mentor by themselves while others mentor as a couple.

What these mentors all have in common is that they enjoy spending time with children and youth. Since we’re always in need of men or couples who are willing to mentor boys, we’ll introduce you to one of our male mentors, Craig.

Craig Bridges
Craig has been a mentor for two years. He and his family live in Osage. He coached sports for 10 years and is currently a State Farm Agent. 

What motivated you to become a mentor?
I’ve always been involved in my children’s lives and enjoyed watching them grow. I felt like it was a good time to mentor when my kids went to college.

Kids need caring adults. Mentoring helps our community and keeps me in touch with youth.

What types of hobbies do you do for fun?
Watch Hawkeye games, fish, and bike.

What are your favorite things about summers in Mitchell County?
I enjoy all of the outdoor activities like canoeing, biking and hiking. I also enjoy Osage’s Friday Nights Out.

How do you and your mentee come up with ideas for activities?
Once you get to know your mentee, it’s easy to figure out what activities are compatible to both. We enjoy doing lots of outdoor activities like fishing on the river and trying new things.

How do you make time for mentoring?
We check in with each other about our schedules. For example, if I can’t meet during one week, we’ll meet longer the next time. Meeting can become tough as mentees become older, but there are many ways to connect such as talking on the phone or communicating through social media. Oftentimes, I invite my mentee to join me in everyday activities such as eating at Subway or coming over for dinner to eat with my family.

How has mentoring affected your life?
Mentoring has given me an opportunity to stay connected to youth. Oftentimes, my mentee’s friends will join us. I’ve been able to watch my mentee grow and see that mentoring is working. People see mentees as troubled youth, but they’re really just youth that need another adult contact.

What questions do you have for our mentors? Don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions or concerns.We’ll introduce you to another mentor soon. 

Bridges Well Aware

We’re excited to invite our mentors, mentees and their families to Bridges Well Aware on Monday, July 28th from 5-7 p.m. at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Osage, IA.

This interactive event will focus how we can take care of ourselves from the inside-out.

Three special guest speakers will share about hygiene, personal grooming, etiquette and nutrition. We’ll also learn how to prepare a healthy meal and enjoy it together.

At the end of the evening, all participants will take home a goody bag!

Contact us to RSVP or with any questions or concerns.

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Bridges Goes Roller Skating

On June 22nd, Bridges went Roller Skating at the CRC Events Center in Osage.


Lacey and I enjoyed connecting with many of our mentors, mentees, and families as well as meeting new people. We were also excited that a  few members of the River City Dames of Anarchy Roller Derby team skated with us.

PicMonkey Collage


Thank YouThis event would not have been possible without the support of our community. Thank you to all who attended, the advisory board members, Payless Foods, the individuals who donated ice cream, postage for invitations, and servingware, Pepsi Beverages Company in Mason City for donating soda and water, Runde Graphics in Riceville for donating flyers, the staff at the CRC Events Center, and all who showed up to participate and help kids put on their skates and serve root beer floats.

Currently, we’re finalizing details for a few summer educational events covering topics like cyberbulling and substance abuse. We’re also coordinating an interactive event for mentors, mentees & families of mentees focusing on health, beauty, hygiene, manners healthy meal planning on July 28th, 5-7 p.m.

More details will be announced soon. Thank you for being a part of Bridges!