Leadership Development Pathway

Communities like Brentwood suffer from a dearth of positive leaders as two main mindsets can pervade the neighborhood: "It will always be this way" or "I"m going to get out as soon as I can and never look back." But, 2nd Mile seeks to offer a third way, by which students are developed to be the leaders and role models from and for their own community in the church, the neighborhood, and the marketplace. Students as young as age five join this pathway that is a seamless collection of youth development programs spanning up to adulthood.


two:fiftytwo After School Program

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The two:fiftytwo After School Program is not just another place for kids to go after school. It's a leadership development program. Our goal is to see a new generation of leaders raised up that follow Christ and lead the community forward. Like Jesus, we desire to see students grow in "wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and man," Luke 2:52. This is done with a wholistic approach that engages social, spiritual, physical, and academic forms of learning, while seeking to build relationships with students and families that last far beyond an afternoon program.

LIVE: the truth of the Gospel as discovered through Gospel-centered Bible study

LEARN: as scholars, who develop a love of learning that continues for a lifetime

LEAD: their community forward as indigenous leaders and role models from and for their own culture in the church, the neighborhood, and the marketplace

Contact Director, Dani Kahn, at dani@2ndmile-jax.com for more information about how to support this program. 


CONNECT Middle School Program

During these decidedly formative years students are beginning to seek to figure out who God is, who they are and which path they will walk down. Will they drop out of school or stay in? Will drugs be a part of their life or not? Whose messages and beliefs will they buy into? Will they walk with God? Will they see themselves as leaders who can make a difference in their community and the world.

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The goal of CONNECT is to journey with students—helping them to connect with God, discover who they are, and change the world. We do this through large and small group Bible Study, various enrichment activities (like music, art, sports, and academics), life skills and leadership training, combined with hands-on leadership and service opportunities. In the midst of this mentors are building one-on-one relationships with students with the desire to personally disciple students on their journeys.

Contact Director, Marc Nettleton, at marc@2ndmile-jax.com for more information about how to support this program. 


LEAD High School Program

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Our mission is to develop a community of high school students who are Spiritually, Emotionally and Vocationally equipped to lead their community Godward.

In efforts to see the success of our mission in our students, we offer 3 practically strategic lesson plans for each of our three areas of focus. These lesson plans include;

1. A biblical lesson designed for immediate practical application in everyday student life,

2. An emotional management discussion/lesson designed to build emotional intelligence and deal with past and present emotional trauma, and

3. A vocational lesson designed for and universal to all forms of gainful employment.

In an effort to continue 2nd Mile Ministries’ path towards leadership, we open up opportunities for LEAD students to presently be community leaders by serving in a volunteer capacity with our after school elementary program. Students also participate in serving the community in our various community engagement activities.

Contact Director, Neek Smith, at neek@2ndmile-jax.com for more information about how to support this program. 


Summer Day Camp

Every summer, 2nd Mile collaborates with several churches and individuals in order to host a free multi-week day camp for elementary-aged children in our neighborhood. Through this camp we are able to support parents in our neighborhood by providing a safe and fun place for their children to go in the summer break. Meanwhile, it allows us to share the Gospel and love of Christ with 60-70+ kids.

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Students get to participate in a variety of engaging activities (including music, art, education, dance, and sports) while also hearing the Gospel proclaimed through Bible lessons and worship. The fun and energetic environment of camp revolves around loving the kids and pointing them to Jesus.

As part of our wholistic focus, every activity has a purpose. For example, snack time becomes an opportunity to encourage healthy eating through learning about and eating yummy and nutritious foods. These “snacktivities” lay building blocks for future health.

Summer 2017 Dates

  • Week 1: June 27-June 30
  • Week 2: July 3-July 7
  • Week 3: July 10-July 14
  • Week 4: July 17-July 21
  • Week 5: July 24-July 28

Contact Director, Dani Kahn, at dani@2ndmile-jax.com for more information about how to support this program.