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How to Start a First Priority Group on Your School’s Campus

How to Start a First Priority Group on Your School’s Campus

The following steps provide a guide for students who would like to establish a First Priority club or group on their middle or high school campuses. If the group meets on “club day” during instructional time, then it is considered a club and will follow the guidelines of the Equal Access Act. If the group meets on a non-club day and during non-instructional time, then it is considered a “group” which is afforded First Amendment rights to gather.

 

□ Step 1: Obtain Information
Review the First Priority website; contact First Priority for more information about starting a club or group  infofirstpriority@gmail.com

□ Step 2: Recruit a Team
Recruit Christian friends who would like to start a new group; pray for God to guide your group through the process of bringing the message of HOPE to your school.

□ Step 3: Find a Faculty Member
Find a faculty member who is willing to host meetings. If your group meets on “club day”, you may be required to have a faculty sponsor.

□ Step 4: Agree on meeting time
Set a day and time for meetings. If your group will also meet on “Club Day”, you may require help from a faculty member.

□ Step 5: Schedule Training
Contact First Priority to request training infofirstpriority@gmail.com.

□ Step 7: Get Organized
 agree on how students will communicate (consider using the Remind or GroupMe app)
 equip students to facilitate the HOPE cycle
 set a date and time for meetings to begin
 invite friends and promote meetings
 report weekly attendance numbers

 

 

How to relaunch your First Priority group/club:

How to relaunch your First Priority group/club:

  1. Please register for REVIVE training
  2. Connect with the teacher host to confirm he/she is able to host meetings                                                   
  3. Meet with your leadership team to discuss what day and time the group will meet each week
  4. Confirm a start date with the team and teacher host
  5. Promote the group to friends via text/youth group/posters [get school approval for this]
  6. Confirm a table for “club sign-up” day if you intend to meet as a club
  7. Contact us for training or additional help infofirstpriority@gmail.com
  8. Plan to pray at the flagpole on Sept 26th for the “See You at the Pole” event [notify administration about this event]
Celebrating an awesome school year!

Celebrating an awesome school year!

Understanding the Equal Access Act…

Understanding the Equal Access Act…

Under the federal Equal Access Act and the First Amendment, students may gather on campus during non-instructional time to discuss religious, political or other topics/interests.

To learn more about the EAA, click here:

Understanding the Equal Access Act

http://www.firstamendmentschools.org/resources/handout1a.aspx?id=14070

groupsguide (1) (federal government: guidelines for clubs)

How to re-launch your group

How to re-launch your group

Students, the following checklist will help you re-launch your group (additional steps may apply). Email us if you need resources or in-school training: infofirstpriority@gmail.com

Checklist for re-launch:

  • Confirm faculty member is willing to host meetings (email us for a club/group packet)
  • Confirm meeting day, time and location (for each lunch period, if applicable)
  • If needed, provide the administration with Letter of Intent (click here):Letter of Intent to Meet
  • Set a date for the first meeting
  • Meet with student leaders to plan the first meeting and first H.O.P.E. cycle
  • Be sure all leaders have access to H.O.P.E resources (download the cheat sheet): HOPE Strategy cheat sheet
  • Request help from First Priority as needed infofirstpriority@gmail.com 

Checklist for first HELP WEEK:

  • Meeting room is confirmed and meeting has been advertised to students; resources are printed
  • A student opens and closes in prayer; a student leads the lesson; a student reports attendance
  • Students are invited back; student leaders are prepared for OVERCOME WEEK

Suggested launch dates:
Week of 8/21: Leaders meet with faculty sponsor/host
Week of 8/28: First group meeting to train all students on the HOPE cycle
Week of 9/4: First cycle begins with HELP Week (lesson found under “students” tab)

 

*First Priority equips Christian students to run First Priority student groups on campus. All meetings are student-led and student-initiated, and follow the weekly HOPE model

Did you miss us on the radio?

If you missed us on the radio this week, please click the link below to listen to the podcast. We would like to thank Jim and Martha Brangenberg of iWork4Him radio show (Monday-Friday @ 3pm on 570 & 910 AM).

 

Link: http://www.iwork4him.com/podcast/2017/8/first-priority-is-making-a-difference

Check out the iWork4Him website: https://www.iwork4him.com/

Students on mission over Spring Break

Students on mission over Spring Break

Several of our First Priority leaders were on mission with us to the Dominican over Spring Break. It was a life changing experience for everyone. Please click here to read more:  Ministry Report March 2017

 

Student Training

Student Training

Request training today!

If you would like a First Priority representative to speak to your church’s youth group, please email us: infofirstpriority@gmail.com 

 

 

Students, interested in starting a group?

Students, interested in starting a group?

Students,

In order to start a First Priority group on your middle or high school’s campus, you will need to:

  1. Pray for God’s will
  2. Talk to other Christians friends about helping you
  3. Find a teacher who is willing to host the meetings
  4. Contact us for more information

If you would like more information on how to start a group, please fill out the form here:

https://firstpriority.typeform.com/to/m97Qk2

 

http://firstprioritytampa.org/contact-2/

How to be an effective student leader:

How To be an Effective Student Leader