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  1. Relationships Journey Session

    November 5 @ 8:00 am - 12:30 pm
  2. Worldview Journey Session

    December 3 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
  3. GRIT 2021 Kick-Off Party

    December 12 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  4. Generosity and Compassion Journey Sessions

    January 7, 2021 @ 7:30 am - 4:30 pm
  5. GRIT Session 1: Foundation

    January 9, 2021 @ 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  6. GRIT Session 2: Worldview

    January 10, 2021 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
 

What is Lifework: GRIT's vision / mission?

Vision:
Helping teens become effective leaders

Mission:
Empowering the next generation to change THEIR world

Slogan:
It’s OUR time

What does Lifework: GRIT offer?

This leadership development program was developed for Jacksonville, FL and surrounding area high school students in grades 9th – 12th (age range of 14 – 18 years old). Our goal is that the students who complete this program will lead, influence and challenge their generation to excel in a life built on purpose, meaning, value and worth.

Lifework: GRIT teaches teens how to develop decision making skills, become more self-aware and how to their uniqueness to transform your word!

What does the acronym GRIT stand for?

God – The Jesus Journey, studying Jesus’ intentional strategy of discipleship and how he developed leaders who changed the world

Relationships – Learn how to be a leader within your different relationships

Identity – DISC Personality & Spiritual Gift Assessments

Treasure – Financial Peace University for Teens (**please note, we take lessons from this program to teach during certain sessions. We are limited on time so we are unable to complete the entirety of the program. I encourage your teen to take the entire online course through the Financial Peace University website)

What sets you apart from other organizations in your community?

Living a GRIT life starts with learning how to build your character so that you have “courage and resolve, strength of character, and firmness of spirit”.

Lifework: GRIT teaches teens like you how to develop decision-making skills, how to become more self-aware and how to use your uniqueness to transform your world! When   you complete this program, you will be on your way to lead, influence and challenge your generation to live a life built on purpose, meaning, value and worth!

What has your organization accomplished to date?

Lifework: GRIT just graduated its first class of 16 students in 2020. Six of those teens are returning in Season 2 as Jr. Table Coaches.

What are your organization’s goals this year?

  • Graduate Season 2 with twenty high school students
  • Connect these GRIT teens with local businesses for internships
  • Connect GRIT teens with volunteer opportunities

What does a typical program day look like? What is the agenda for each session?

The program consists of one kick-off party and six additional monthly sessions that last two and a half hours. We also end the Season with a joint graduation ceremony combined with the adult Lifework Leadership program. The Kick-off Party provides the foundation for the program. The program day agenda will include half an hour dedicated to each of the GRIT areas: God, Relationship, Individual and Treasure. Special guest speakers, activities and games as well as table time and journaling will be a part of each program session. Graduation is especially special as it celebrates the growth and legacy.

Access the 2020/2021 calendar here: GRIT Calendar

How many people will the program accept?

Currently we are accepting up to 20 students per program year.

How much is tuition per student and do you offer Tuition Assistance?

Tuition is $300 per student. Tuition assistance is available on an as needed basis. Please contact Melissa Sampson for more details.

What are the expectations for each student?

Attendance is required for completion of this program. Two of more absences will result in automatic termination from the program.

 

Students are expected to follow general ground rules of civility and respect. Some program days will require reading or other assignments outside of class. These types of assignment should be completed before coming to class as they are part of the program and what will enhance the experience for everyone.

 

Dress code is casual. Wear comfortable appropriate clothing. (No short shorts, low cut shirts or light fitting clothes. Those wearing inappropriate logos or graphics will be asked to go home and change.

 

Lastly, remember that all electronic devises should be turned off during class unless used for a lesson plan. (A point of contact emergency number will be available for each program day.)

What do the students need to bring to each GRIT session?

Students are expected to bring their GRIT Notebook and other assigned workbooks to every session. All other materials including snacks and water will be provided.

What happens if a student needs to miss a program day?

Attendance is required for the entire program. Each program days builds on the previous one and allows for growth of relationships with coaches, peers and speakers. This is also another way of teaching commitment and showing respect for others. It is imperative that you arrive on time and not miss as there are no make-up sessions available. However, please contact Melissa Sampson or your assigned Table Coach and one of them will be able to walk you through the points of the lesson that you missed.

 

Two or more unexcused absences will result in automatic termination from the program. To be considered for an excused absences, students should report their emergency to the GRIT office as soon as possible.

I’m interested in becoming a Table Coach. What are the requirements/qualifications you are looking for?

Table coaches are needed each year to have direct contact with our students. We are looking for people who know how to welcome and love other while sharing their wisdom and knowledge. Preferred qualifications include:

 

  • To be a GRIT Table Coach, you must have completed or be in process of completing the Adult Lifework Leadership journey
  • To be a GRIT Jr. Table Coach, you must have graduated from the Lifework: GRIT program
  • Effective Communicator & Teacher
  • Good Listener
  • Disciplined, Strong in Character and Integrity
  • Experience: Demonstrated coaching or consulting skills, experience using a variety of specialized coaching and development tools such as assessments and simulations
  • Reliability: Availability to attend all sessions

 

Please complete the Volunteer application for consideration.

Sponsorship Information: How much money do you need from sponsors to accomplish your goals?

While any donation is accepted, please see our Sponsorship Package for more ways to sponsor a student, a program day or our Kickoff and Graduation.

Volunteering: How can volunteers help other than making financial contributions?

Volunteers are critical to ensuring this program is effective. Please see our Volunteer Opportunities and the Volunteer Roles & Responsibilities for more information of how you can use your time, talent and treasure to help our next generation. Or contact Melissa Sampson to discuss volunteering opportunities: Melissa.Sampson@lifeworkleadership.org