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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 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.

Avenue941 is the initial launch of this dream as we rally churches in Palmetto, Bradenton and Sarasota. It is our hope that there will be an "avenue" initiative all across the nation and in many other area codes.


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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.


Karson Kravec

Site Coordinator:  

First Baptist Church;

Oneco United Methodist 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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Meredith Ducote

Site Coordinator:

Resonate Life Church


Meredith was born and raised in Texas and has lived in Sarasota since early 2021. She has worked with children since a young age and in children’s ministry since 2016. She has dedicated her life to worship, prayer and missions, working at the Sarasota House of Prayer since moving to Sarasota. She has a very big heart for kids and seeing them walk in the freedom and identity they were created for. She has many years of experience teaching and ministering to Kids from every walk of life. She believes every child was uniquely designed with strengths to fulfill their purpose and destiny in their generation. 

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Colleen Sullivan

Site Coordinator: 

First Baptist Church;

Oneco United

Methodist Church



Colleen just recently moved to Florida from Albuquerque, New Mexico where she spent the last six and a half years as a youth pastor. Colleen’s journey began in November 2012 when she had a powerful encounter with Jesus which set her life on a new trajectory. She attended the Global School of Ministry, has led mission trips to nations around the world, and graduated with her BS from Liberty University in International Business. She has a passion for this young generation, and carries a desire for youth to walk in emotional wholeness, confidence in who they are, and integrity. Colleen serves with the belief that our youth will transform this city and this nation as well as the world.

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Diana Palacio

Site Coordinator, 

Resonate Life Church

Diana Palacio grew up in Miami, Florida but in her early twenties she moved with her husband to new York city for a new adventure.  She and her family served in the IHOP-EG in NJ for more than eight years. During her time there she discipled, taught, and worked with young adults and teenagers.. In May of 2021 the family moved to Sarasota, Florida where Diana has the opportunity to assist her husband and son as they lead a discipleship and tutoring after school program in Booker Middle School through the Sarasota House of Prayer. Diana’s passion has always been to lead young ones to the beauty of Jesus and to help them see their worth and potential in Him through The Scriptures.