First Priority provides training, leadership development, and on-going support to students- helping them to be successful, intentional, and faithful.
Students are provided intensive training for launching and running their campus groups/clubs. REVIVE Student Training is offered to all middle and high school students in the fall and spring at multiple church locations. Training is also provided on and off campus throughout the school year. The purpose of training is to help students with the following:
Navigate school policies for launching and running a campus group
Run the weekly group meetings and use resources successfully
Improve public speaking skills and techniques
Improve interpersonal skills
Learn skills for mentoring younger student leaders
Adult volunteers are also provided training, which occurs annually and throughout the school year. Training is designed to help youth pastors support their students’ efforts at school.
Training for students and adult volunteers also includes how to access and utilize resources for the weekly meetings. The resources are designed to help students stay on track, focused, and accountable. The meetings follow a structured model called the HOPE Cycle, and weekly lessons are included to help students connect with each other.
Leadership development is a critical piece for students. Since all groups/clubs are student-led, leadership skills are necessary for a healthy, vibrant group. There are several components to our programs including: running an effective meeting, improving public speaking skills, mentoring younger leaders, improving interpersonal skills (including conflict resolution), sharing the gospel, and being more inclusive.
Leadership development is provided through REVIVE training events, joint meetings between area clubs, youth groups, service projects, in-club training, and special events.
In order for students to be successful and for groups to be sustainable, on going support is necessary. The level of support varies by group/club and is tailored to each groups’ needs. First Priority staff and approved volunteers work with student leaders to determine the level of need. Support may include off-campus training and/or multiple group socials (usually occurring at a local church) or on-campus observations.
Students are also offered on going support for how to use meeting resources, which change each school year.
Data for 2018-2019 School Year:
63 total campus groups/clubs
600 is average weekly group/club attendance
6,481 aggregate group/club attendance (August 2018-April 2019)
363 total decisions for Christ (August 2018-April 2019)
48 church partners
8 First Priority staff members
Serving 4 counties (Hillsborough, Pinellas, Pasco and Polk)
Data for 2017-2018 School Year:
41 campus groups/clubs
500 average weekly group/club attendance
6,740 aggregate attendance for school year
284 total decisions for Christ
34 church partners
3 First Priority staff members
Serving 3 counties (Hillsborough, Pinellas and Pasco)
Total attendance from April 2016-May 2019: 20, 089 (aggregate) and 851 decisions for Christ
*100% of donations impact local students and 92% of budget is used for programming.