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Mission Statement: Avenue exists to stir churches to wage war on inaction 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.
Avenue recognizes that the church lacks no good thing
and has the answer to each need in our communities.
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
Brenda is a middle school teacher at Electa Lee Middle in Bradenton. She teaches 8th grade Language Arts and has her MAT from UNCC. She believes that her role as a teacher is 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.
Deb is a former teach in NY, who has served as a missionary and worked in ministry much of her life. She assisted with the initial launch of Avenue and does much of the administrative details to support the ministry. She enjoys spending time with her nieces and nephews in her free time.
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 and pilot our first location at St. Stephens AME Church in Bradenton.