First Priority of Tampa Bay serves Hillsborough, Pinellas and Pasco Counties

Students

Students, you have an opportunity to meet informally as a First Priority group during non-academic time, at any point during the school year. Your right to do so falls under the First Amendment. You may also have the ability to form a First Priority club. Formal clubs fall under the First Amendment, but must also follow the Equal Access and district guidelines. Please check with a school administrator for guidelines for forming a formal club.  Please contact us for guidance, training or resources for starting a group or club: infofirstpriority@gmail.com


Reasons to be a First Priority leader:

  1. An opportunity to develop your leadership and public speaking skills
  2. An opportunity to work with and serve other students
  3. An opportunity to develop younger students as leaders
  4. You  may include your leadership position on college and employment applications
  5. You may request a recommendation letter for your service

HOPE cycle lessons and resources (Fall 2017):

Response cards for Engage Week: Student Response Cards fall 2016
HOPE cycle 1: HOPE cycle 1 Courage
HOPE cycle 2: Cycle 2 Obedience and God’s Timing
HOPE cycle 3: Cycle 3 Woman at the Well
Christmas lesson: Christmas lesson 2017


How to relaunch your group:

            1. Confirm faculty member is available to host meetings
            2. Confirm meeting day, time and location (for each lunch period, if applicable)
            3. If needed, provide the administration with Letter of Intent Letter of Intent to Meet
            4. Set a date for the first meeting
            5. Meet with student leaders to plan for first HOPE cycle; have all resources needed HOPE Strategy cheat sheet
            6. Use the first two meetings to train students on the purpose of First Priority
            7. Request help from First Priority as needed infofirstpriority@gmail.com

2017-2018 Student calendars:

Pinellas County Schools:  https://www.pcsb.org/Page/22404
Hillsborough County Schools: http://www.sdhc.k12.fl.us/ical/student
Pasco County Schools:  http://www.pasco.k12.fl.us/calendar/2017_2018_student_teacher_calendar

Understanding the Equal Access Act:

These resources help students to understand their rights for meeting on campus, regardless of the meeting’s content (religious, political or otherwise):

Understanding the First Amendment
Understanding the Equal Access Act
Bill of Rights for Student1

How to Start a First Priority Group:

Want to know how to start a club or group? Click here: checklist-for-launching-first-priority


Tips for sharing the gospel:

http://www.daretoshare.org/article/how-to-give-an-effective-invitation-without-crash-landing/


Apologetics for students:

Want tips on how to defend your faith? Click here: http://www.bethinking.org/apologetics

Questions and answers for students:

Have questions about you rights? Click here: questions-and-answers-for-students