Introducing the Parents First Initiative

LVfirst UMC Partners with Georgia Center for Opportunity to Launch "Parents First Initiative"

Lawrenceville First United Methodist Church has partnered with the Georgia Center for Opportunity to launch the Parents First Initiative in January 2024.

Earlier this year, the two organizations co-filed a grant application to the Lilly Endowment, Inc. and were awarded a $1.25 million grant over the course of three years. The Parents First Initiative will provide parenting courses aimed at equipping parents with the skills and support to raise their children to be the best versions of themselves.

The first courses will be held at Central Gwinnett High School starting in January 2024. The courses will be free and open to anyone in the community who is interested in learning new parenting skills. The Parents First Initiative will use the Raising Highly Capable Kids (Rezilient Kidz) curriculum currently being administered by the Georgia Center for Opportunity (read more about the curriculum here). It is a 13-week curriculum that helps "build stronger families by empowering parents with the confidence, tools, and skills they need to raise healthy, caring, and responsible children."

If you are interested in serving with the Parents First Initiative, you can register your interest at

More information will be made available over the coming months as schedules and preparations are finalized. If you'd like to be the first to hear about any updates regarding the Parents First Initiative, fill out the form below to join our mailing list!
NOTE: This mailing list will be used exclusively for Parents First Initiative updates and communications.

1 Comment

Dr. Rich Griffith - September 6th, 2023 at 3:35pm

These are exactly the things that I teach about as the Professor of Youth and Family Ministry. In fact, I have a book coming out October 1st being published by Randall House Publishing entitled, "Voices: Helping Our Children and Youth Listen to Wise Counsel". Thank you a lot about family and the culture. My Doctorate is in Youth, Family and Culture from Fuller Theological Seminary and I am a part-time, local licensed UMC Pastor.