Mental Health Resources for Students:

Biblical Counselor: Michelle Horton-Gall michelle@heartsongcounseling.org

Heart Song Counseling: www.heartsongcounseling.org
To access mental health videos, featuring Michelle Horton-Gall click HERE 

 

Club Resources

Student Response Cards for Invite Week: Student Response Cards

Club Packets (for teacher hosts): 2022-2023 FP packets

Steps for launching a club (for printing): How to launch a club three to a page

Letter of Intent to Meet for students to launch: Letter of Intent to Meet

Understanding the EPIC Cycle EPIC flyer 2 to a page

Click on the Students tab for EPIC lessons and behavioral health resources

 

First Priority of Tampa Bay Alumni Program

If you are a former First Priority student and would like to join our Alumni Program, please click here

Next Path Career Partners provides career placement in Florida. If you were previously involved in First Priority or a friend and would like help with career placement, please contact Stephanie Markese, Vice President: smarkese@nextpathcp.com and reference First Priority of Tampa Bay.

Books
  • Changes that Heal, Dr. Henry Cloud
  • Boundaries in Dating, Dr. Henry Cloud and Dr. John Townsend
  • Safe People, Dr. Henry Cloud and Dr. John Townsend
  • Exxxit, John Hammer
  • The Teenage Brain by Dr. Francis E. Jensen
  • Shepherding A Child’s Heart by Ted Tripp
  • Peacemaking for Families by Ken Sande
  • A Small Book About a Big Problem: Meditations on Anger, Patience and Peace by Ed Welch
Resources

Information about the rights of students to meet on campus:

Teachers

 

First Priority is committed to following the guidelines of the federal Equal Access Act as it relates to students, teachers and visitors. Understanding your role as a faculty sponsor or host of a First Priority meeting is vital.

If First Priority is meeting as a formal club on “club day” or during a “club period” then a Faculty Sponsor is required. If the First Priority meets during a time not designated as a “club day” (before or after school, or during lunch), then the group is meeting informally and may need a faculty member to secure a meeting location or to be present at meetings.

The school administration or district CANNOT mandate the minimum size of the club (for example: require students to have 20 students before approval to meet). This is upheld under the Equal Access Act law click   HERE 

Under the federal Equal Access Act, teachers serve in a “custodial” role. Teachers may help students secure a meeting location, communicate with administration, access school and First Priority resources, and help students maintain the club. However, teachers can NOT participate in or lead the meetings, or pray with students. If you have questions or would like to request a club/group packet, please contact us.

Here are a few resources to help:

U.S. Department of Education: Legal Guidelines Regarding Equal Access:
Legal Guidelines Regarding Equal Access (261 downloads)

A Teacher’s Guide to Religion in Public Schools:
A Teacher’s Guide to Religion in Public Schools (212 downloads)

Understanding the Equal Access Act:
Understanding the Equal Access Act (222 downloads)

Answers to important questions:
Religious Freedom Pamphlet

To view the Equal Access Act law click    HERE

Youth Pastors

If you are a youth pastor or youth leader: We would like to partner with you to train your students for campus ministry.

if you would like a First Priority representative to speak to your youth group about how students can reach their campuses for Christ or interview with FP about serving, please contact us.

First Priority adheres to district guidelines for training adult volunteers and resourcing students. All volunteers are required to annually attend training and complete a background check before being considered for service. First time volunteers must also participate in a face-to-face interview with a staff member. Click here to see the diagram for faith based organizations serving on campus: Diagram for serving on campus
Diagram for serving on campus (197 downloads)

Club Evaulation for for staff and approved adult volunteers: First Priority Club Evaluation Form

Get In Touch

Mailing Address

P.O. Box 10731
Tampa, Fl 33679

Office Address

97 W. Biscayne Ave
Tampa, FL 33606

Email

info@firstprioritytampa.org