Welcome toThe Bridge Downeast

The Bridge Downeast, Inc. is a non-profit organization that seeks to have a positive impact on the Down East Community in Carteret County NC by offering a variety of programs throughout the year. As a youth center, we promote a community approach to enrichment; offering support, hope and inspiration for our youth as well as families in the community. In the larger scope of our mission, we consider ourselves a facility that enriches the lives of all of the Down East Community.

What We do

  • Working with K- 8th Grade
  • Fabulous ART activities
  • special events & trips
  • STEM Activities
  • Literacy Enrichment
  • and, Social Emotional Learning

Summer fun at The Bridge!

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our staffmeet our leadership


Krysten Patton
Executive Director

Krysten started at The Bridge Downeast in December of 2020. She moved to Carteret County from Cumberland County to work for The Bridge Downeast and be closer to family. She is an Air Force Veteran and has worked for multiple nonprofits focused on student, family, and veteran support. Her spare time is spent with her husband Mark, her fur child Nuke, grilling, and kayaking.

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Caroline Garrison
Operations Director

Caroline started at The Bridge Downeast in February 2019. She is the go to person for any questions regarding every day building operations and rentals.  In her spare time she is an avid reader and has an impressive number of books read each year - just ask her! She also has 2 children that attend the program.

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Audrianna Rose
Program Director

Audrianna started at The Bridge Downeast in June 2019 as a teacher assistant. Audrianna is dedicated to the students and our program. She is a great addition to have on our team. In her free time she loves to spend time with her family and friends. [email protected].

Alema Beasley
Program Assistant

Alema started at The Bridge Downeast in June of 2022 as a lead teacher for the Summer Enrichment Program and stayed on for the after school year as Program Assistant and Lead Teacher. Previously, he was a professional figure skater who also coached young athletes in the sport as well. He moved here last year from Dallas, Texas to be with family and he is enjoying the slower pace island life gives. In his spare time he is an avid learner of all things, particualry family history.

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updatesThe Bridge News

As we are getting closer to the end of the school year, we know parents are planning for summer break and what their children will be doing. Our Summer Enrichment planning is well underway. It will be happening in July/August, so keep checking back here for registration updates.

Contact usGet in Touch

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1344 Island Rd
Harkers Island, NC 28531


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