the bridge

One Step, One a time

Creating the link to keep everyone connected is key to our growth and impact. There are many amazing organizations in our communities and we want to highlight and provide information on them here. We cannot build our bridge without helping others to build theirs.


Know of an organization that does great work, matches our mission but is not listed here? Let us know.

Be The Change

Equip the Knowledge, Continue the Movement

Take control of these issues and more. On this page, you’ll find links to resources for you to incite change in your schools, groups and communities.

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Violence & Abuse Prevention

What is violence or abuse?

Domestic Violence

A pattern of abusive behavior that keeps one partner in a position of power over the other partner through the use of fear, intimidation, and control.

Physical Abuse

Grabbing, pinching, shoving, slapping, hitting, hair pulling, biting, etc.  Denying medical care or forcing alcohol and/or drug use. 

Sexual Abuse

Coercing or attempting to coerce and sexual contact without consent, e.g. marital rape, forcing sex after the physical beating, attacks on sexual parts of the body, or treating another in a sexually demeaning manner. 

Economic Abuse

When one intimate partner has control over the other partner’s access to economic resources, which diminishes the victim’s capacity to support themselves and forces them to depend on the perpetrator financially.

Emotional Abuse

Any kind of abuse which is emotional rather than physical in nature, e.g., constant criticism, belittling one’s abilities, name-calling, and/or damaging a partner’s relationship with the children.

Psychological Abuse

Psychological abuse involves a person’s attempts to frighten, control, or isolate you. It’s in the abuser’s words and actions, as well as their persistence in these behaviors.

Where can I get abuse help?

The following list of local organizations can assist in bringing an end to the violence and a beginning to the recovery process.

Associated Marine Institute


5915 Benjamin Center Drive
Tampa, FL 33634

Phone: (813) 887-3300

Families of Kids

Families of Kids with Mood and Anexiety Disorders Inc. (FKMAD)

1438 Maximilian Drive
Wesley Chapel, FL 33543

Phone: (813) 907-1398

Centre for Women

Family Services

407 Parsons Avenue
Brandon, FL 33510

Phone: (813) 571-1684

USF Division of Child Development

Early Steps

13101 North Bruce B Downs Boulevard
Tampa, FL 33612

Phone: (813) 974-0602

Family Justice Center of Hillsborough County

Domestic Violence 9309 North Florida Avenue Tampa, FL 33612 Phone: (813) 935-2015

Family of Humanity

The Teen Development & Growth Program

9309 North Florida Avenue
Tampa, FL 33612

Phone: (813) 490-9440

Alpha House of Tampa, Inc.

Alpha House of Tampa, Inc. 201 South Tampania Avenue Tampa, FL 33612 Phone: (813) 875-2024 Phone: (813) 875-3307

The Spring

Outreach Services/Consumer Counceling

5118 North 56th Street Ste 131
Tampa, FL 33610

Phone: (813) 621-7233

Crisis Center of Tampa Bay

Sexual Abuse Treatment Program 209 South Morgan Street Tampa, FL 33602 Phone: (813) 946-1964 Phone: (813) 264-9955

Bully prevention

What is Bullying?

Although definitions of bullying vary, most agree that bullying involves:

Imbalance of Power

People who bully use their power to control or harm and the people being bullied may have a hard time defending themselves

Intent to Cause Harm

Actions done by accident are not bullying; the person bullying has a goal to cause harm.


Incidents of bullying happen to the same person over and over by the same person or group.

How Does It Happen?

Bullying can take many forms:


name-calling, teasing


spreading rumors, leaving people out on purpose, breaking up friendships


Hitting, punching, shoving


Using the Internet, mobile phones, or other digital technologies to harm others.

Where can I get bullying help?

The following list of local organizations can assist in bringing an end to the violence and a beginning to the recovery process.

Peace Keepers

Bully Prevention Program

P.O. Box 55594
St. Petersburg, FL 33732

Phone: (727) 667-0342

It's All About Kids

Etiquette & Manners

University Square Mall
2200 East Fowler Avenue
Tampa, FL 33612

Phone: (813) 269-4402

Child Abuse Council

Kids On the Block 3108 West Azeele Street Tampa, FL 33609 Phone: (813) 673-4646

Health & Wellness

What are the benefits of a healthy lifestyle?

Wellness is the first and foremost choice to assume responsibility for the quality of your life. It begins with a conscious decision to shape a healthy lifestyle. The benefits:


  • Being able to function and having the chance to do what you want to do
  • Being independent, having self-determination regarding choices, opportunities, activities 
  • Having physical and emotional states of wellbeing

Where can I get lifestyle help?

The following list of local organizations and resources focuses on health/wellness which is not the mere absence of diseases. It is a proactive, preventative approach designed to achieve optimum levels of health, social, and emotional functioning.


Project Care 4422 East Columbus Drive Tampa, FL 33605 Phone: (813) 984-1818

Hillsborough County Health

Get Into Fit Today

P.O. Box 5135
Tampa, FL 33675

Phone: (813) 307-8071

Fit Kids Play Ground