Day #39: Give with Genesis Church in Tallahassee, FL

The Ghazvini Initiative - Capture The Flag

The Ghazvini Learning Center is a “second chance” school for middle school and high school students in Tallahassee, FL. Essentially, it is the final opportunity for students who have been dismissed from other schools to attend a traditional type learning environment.

Genesis Church, which is located just minutes away from the school, partnered with the school administration to create the Ghazvini Initiative. Every Tuesday, people from Genesis head over to Ghazvini during the last period of the day to lead an activity.

Sometimes they do teamwork challenges. Other times, they just shoot hoops on the basketball court. Today, we played “Capture the Flag.” I was almost immediately nicknamed “Tommy Hilfiger” by some of the boys. Another leader there assured me that Tommy Hilfiger was a good name compared to a lot of others they come up with.

Genesis Church also rewards students for attending class. Recently, the church took a group of students with good attendance to a local Science Center. Student attendance has more then doubled since the conception of the Ghazvini Initiative.

Have you ever volunteered with the public schools in your area?

Comments

  1. This is a really cool thing they are doing. My husband works at an alternative school (actually I worked there first, pre-children) and these kids need all the extra help and attention they can get.

  2. So Cool! Thanks for sharing. And, yes, I have contributed to local schools. ;-)

  3. When I was in high school I volunteered as a tutor at the neighborhood elementary school. It was fun! I’m ashamed to say that I haven’t volunteered with a public school since then

  4. Thank you for participating in the initiative! It was a pleasure meeting you and having you take part in the programs we’ve designed for the youth of our community. The Ghazvini Initiative has been an eye opening experience for me personally and if at least one kid is impacted positively by it, it’ll be worth every ounce of effort.
    Stay safe and thanks for all you’re doing!

  5. It was an honor having you guys! Amazing journey you are on. The Ghazvini Initiative is a multi-layered strategic plan for the whole school including teacher support and one on one mentoring. You can email me if your church is interested in helping in your local school system! We can walk you through the process. Thx. Brian

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