JACKSONVILLE, FL – Youth, parents, educators and the entire Jacksonville community are celebrating their collective hard work. Just a year ago, Andrew Jackson High School had a title that no one wanted, the worst high school in the state of Florida. Committed to excellence and the success of the next generation, administrators and educators in Duval county vowed to improve every aspect of the educational system. In late December, the Florida Department of Education announced improvement in eight local high schools. Jackson High and William H. Raines High were among those who received higher scores. Both Ribault High and A. Philip Randolph High received an ‘A’ for the first time while Jackson High made the dramatic leap from an ‘F’ to a ‘B.’
Community leaders and organizations are reaching out to celebrate and encourage the educational successes attained by students and teachers. Faith-based partner OneWay Youth Ministries, under the leadership of Bishop Rudolph McKissick, Jr. and Bishop Rudolph cKissick, Sr., has organized the “Taking Over the City Tour.” The Tour is slated to be a day of empowerment with the aim to motivate students to continue to excel. On January 25, 2013, OneWay will begin the Tour at First Coast, Jackson and Raines High Schools. National recording artist Travis Greene is scheduled to appear and is eager about the opportunity. “I’m pumped! I truly believe this is just the beginning for those schools. I’m very excited to join them,” states Greene. Star of Nickelodeon’s Kenan & Kel and BET’s The Game, actor Kel Mitchell will also speak during the pep rallies. “God is going to do great things in the city of Jacksonville. I love the young people and I feel what they are going through,” says Kel Mitchell.
The schedule of the “Taking Over the City Tour” is as follows: First Coast High School 8 – 9AM, William H. Raines 9:30 – 10:30AM and Andrew Jackson High 12 – 1PM. OneWay Youth Ministries will host a youth night, iPraise, at 6:30PM at the Bethel Baptist Church located in downtown Jacksonville. Travis Greene will do a mini-concert, along with powerful words of inspiration from Kel Mitchell and OneWay Youth Pastor Anthony O’Neal. Following iPraise, a “safeclub” will be opened on site for the youth to include live music, 3D laser tag, food and more. For more information on iPraise, visit http://www.facebook.com/onewayymjax
About OneWay Youth Ministries One Way Youth Ministries was created with the goal to impact the community and city of Jacksonville through unconventional methods. Youth Pastor Anthony O’Neal states One Way’s goal is to reach all youth and attack the issues against them,
including but not limited to bullying, teen dropouts, drugs and gangs. One Way Youth Ministries is part of the ministry of the Bethel Baptist Church, under the leadership of Bishop Rudolph McKissick, Jr. and Bishop Rudolph McKissick, Sr.