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Are you a former FP student?

Are you a former FP student?

If you were a former First Priority student in Hillsborough, Pinellas, Pasco or Polk, we invite you to join FPA (First Priority Alumni).

A video of students talking about their clubs

A video of students talking about their clubs

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 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 to understand the FP mission and leadership requirements; contact First Priority for more information about starting a group  infofirstpriority@gmail.com

□ Step 2: Recruit a Team
Recruit 2-3 Christian friends who would like to help you start a FP 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 your weekly meetings. The faculty member will not participate in the weekly meetings; he/she will provide the meeting space and be present for the meetings.

□ Step 4: Agree on Meeting Time
Set a day and time for the weekly meetings and a date to launch, and have both approved by the faculty host. 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, which can be held on or off campus:  infofirstpriority@gmail.com,

□ Step 6: Launch Your Group (after your leadership team has been trained)
 agree on how students will communicate (consider using the Remind or GroupMe app)
 equip students to facilitate the HOPE cycle
 invite friends and promote meetings
 report weekly attendance numbers

 

 

A video of a student talking about why teens are suffering

A video of a student talking about why teens are suffering

Celebrating an awesome school year!

Celebrating an awesome school year!

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

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,

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 contact us: infofirstpriority@gmail.com

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