OUR VISION

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Mission Statement: Avenue exists to stir churches to take action and open its doors throughout the week to support the next generation academically and spiritually.

 

Our desire is to see churches reach out to students in their neighborhood throughout the week to tutor, mentor and empower them to fulfill their purpose. We desire for the members of the church to adopt or foster homeless and orphaned children as well as be equipped to speak powerfully into their lives to declare the truth that each child deserves an opportunity to be academically successful. We want to integrate churches the way the schools are integrated, bringing diversity and racial reconciliation to the local church. 

Check out a clip of some of the students who inspire us at our pilot location in Bradenton. 

Public school students who get support outside of school and get one-on-one attention are many times more likely to be academically successful and have more confidence than the students who have no one-on-one support. 

Tutoring and mentoring impacts more than just academics. It impacts self-esteem, character development and a child's sense of worth and value. 

Young people are hungry for truth in a generation swirling with confusion and deception.

As people grown increasingly wary of the media's scare tactics and contradictions, may the church rise up to share a foundation on which this generation can stand. May we be found teaching our young people what it means to rise above challenges. May we rise up in boldness and courage to persevere in fostering academic success and achieving potential. Let us be found faithful in reaching out to those who need help and support. Let us encourage the downtrodden and strengthen the weak by providing the space and encouragement this generation needs. 

This generation is falling behind academically due to the pandemic and the economic crisis that has followed. Let's change that together...

Avenue recognizes that the church lacks no good thing

and has the answer to each need in our communities.

Our Story:

In February of 2019, tens of thousands of Christians gathered in Orlando as a variety of ministries beckoned the Church to wage war on inaction. Hearts of believers around the country were provoked to take action in the areas of adoption, fostering, public high schools, our neighborhoods and in the nations.

 

Avenue was birthed with the vision to see the church rise up to be the answer to each of those needs.

Four young women met the summer of 2019 at a leadership training school in Orlando called 21 Project and put all the ideas of this together as they shared hearts to see homelessness end, the drop-out rate decrease and to see young hearts burn with zeal for the gospel. One of the founding women is from Detroit where the Soar Detroit program is seeing churches meet the need of struggling students who have low academic achievement by increasing literacy as an avenue for involvement. Two founding members are from Bradenton, where one has mentored and tutored a girl from age 5 to age 9 and has seen generational curses and lies break off her life as she went from a student who was failing kindergarten to a student beginning fourth grade on the principal's list for straight A’s.

 

Students around the country need hope as they suffer through extreme challenges like having parents in addiction, family members who are incarcerated, living in poverty and lacking the academic skills to propel them up and out of that life. In addition, many American families have left the church and this generation knows little about the gospel and the power of knowing Christ and being known by Him.

MEET OUR TEAM

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Brenda Critchfield

Founder, Director

Brenda was a middle school teacher at Electa Lee Middle in Bradenton from Dec 2015- June 2021. She taught 8th grade Language Arts for over ten years and has her MAT from UNCC. She believes that her role as a teacher was to speak truth and inspire the next generation to break off the chains of conformity and walk in the freedom that Christ has called them into. She founded Avenue941 with the hope that every student in Manatee County would have access to a caring adult to support them academically, emotionally and spiritually.

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Amanda Olguin

Site Coordinator,  

Resonate Life Church

Amanda was born and raised in Manatee County and has been working with youth and young adults for the past eight years. She loves to help in training the next generation to pursue Christ and encourage them to achieve their goals. She has been connected with a local ministry the last 3 years that is dedicated to prayer and worship for this region.

She is intentional about making sure students are individually seen and heard and has a genuine heart to see them walking in their calling.

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Karson Kravec

Site Coordinator,  

Resonate Life Church

Karson  was born and raised in Sarasota, Fl and came to know Christ as his Lord and Savior about 5 years ago. His heart is for people of all ages to receive the gospel of Jesus Christ and to welcome Him into their lives. He has worked with youth and young adults for about 3 years and truly enjoys seeing the young generation have a foundation that is Christ centered. He currently works for the Sarasota House of Prayer and has been connected to them for about 3 years.

He displays the servant-heart of Christ with confidence and boldness and we are grateful for the things he will impart into the next generation because of his “yes” to Jesus.

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Michael and Chloe Yoder

Site Coordinators, Oasis Church

Michael and Chloe Yoder are  youth pastors at Oasis Church. They have a huge heart for this next generation and are proud new parents of their first son.

Avenue941 is the initial launch of this dream as we rally churches in Palmetto, Bradenton and Sarasota.