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GRIT Journey

At GRIT, we are dedicated to our mission of nurturing, empowering and inspiring the next generation of leaders through our faith-based, educational journey who will positively impact their communities. GRIT is focused on 4 pillars: God / Relationships / Identity / Treasure.  Our teen leadership program has been making a positive impact on the lives of teenagers here in Jacksonville since 2019, equipping them with the skills and values they need to become responsible, compassionate, and effective leaders. Since the start of GRIT, 60 high school students across the Jacksonville area have completed the program.

GRIT is structured as follows:

Once a month meetings for five months (January - May) plus a kickoff meeting in Dec.

  • In-depth study of the DISC personality profile to learn more about individual personality / behavioral strengths and areas of growth
  • Speakers who present on the topics of
  • God (building a foundation of leading yourself by having a strong foundation centered on God and Biblical principles)
  • Relationships
  • Identity (in Christ)
  • Treasure (introduction to planning for their financial future)
  • Habitudes – Character Development

One community outreach volunteer event monthly (January - April)

  • Partners will be determined for 2024, but here are partners in 2023.
      • Cup of Love Ministry to minister to the homeless
      • Tim Tebow’s Night to Shine – prom for special needs
      • Heartfelt Ministry – yard cleanup for a senior citizen veteran

Career information night during the graduation event where the students have the opportunity to meet with local professionals in various industries they are interested in exploring as a future career path.

Examples include:

  • Real Estate / Architecture
  • Coaching / Sports Management
  • Ministry
  • Finance
  • Military
  • Healthcare
  • Education

GRIT 2024 Goals

  • To start our session for 2024, GRIT will have its first Kickoff event on December 3, 2023 for sponsors, registered GRIT students, and GRIT Table Coaches
  • Diversify the students’ demographics by including teens who are in the foster care system and low income families
  • Increase participation to 30 high school-aged students per GRIT season
  • Increase Sponsors and Donors
  • Increase funding to support the program and administrative staffing