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

□ Step 2: Recruit a Team
Recruit Christian friends from your youth group 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: Complete Formal Request
Turn in any necessary paper work to the school’s administration. Request a day and time for meetings. This may require help from the faculty member (these steps are only required if your group meets on “club day”).

□ Step 5: Schedule Training
Contact First Priority to request training

□ 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
 keep a weekly log of attendance numbers

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