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Noah Rodden wins First Place at International Teen Talents

Noah Rodden took home a first place trophy and a five hundred dollar scholarship for a short video he created for the Church of God Teen Talent Program.  When first told about the deadline for intries was just two weeks away, he first though he didn’t have time but he still made a video out of the photos and video clips he had available

The Teen Talent program includes the following divisions: Art, Bible, Creative Writing, Drama, Music and Multi-Media. Youth with skills in these areas may use them for their personal enjoyment and as a Christian witness. The Teen talent program has a threefold objective

  • To discover talent
  • To develop talent
  • To dedicate talent

Through regional/state and international competition, Church of God young people are led in an exciting program of competition that sparks excitement about God’s talent gifts and helps to cultivate qualities of character for adventurous Christian living.

The Teen Talent program is more than a competitive activity to determine who rates first and second; it is a ministry of  love and guidance to Church of God youth. Competition, however, is a vital factor in the program. Competition, coupled with love and guidance, is a strong force in challenging youth to reach their full potential and to express themselves constructively for the glory of God.

Young Black Intellectuals Forum

Jodesha Jordan, a Foundation Academy Senior, just completed an eight week program at the Ritz Theatre called The Young Black Intellectuals Forum. She was honored to have designed the awards invitation, and is pictured with  her sketch rendering of Harriet Tubman.  During the awards dinner she recited the poem below by Langston Hughes.  Thank you to all the Foundation faculty and students who sponsored her participation in the program.

Youth Achievement in Technology

Jacksonville Job Corps student Leon P. Key III and Foundation Academy Alum (2006) was recognized by the North Florida Chapter of the E3 Business Group, Inc. for his outstanding efforts and contributions to the organization as an intern during the summer Youth Achievement in Technology program. The event, held on Thursday, September 8, 2011 spotlighted Leon for his service as an IT Technician providing computer repair and supervising the refurbishing of over 20 donated Dell computer systems. In addition he was lauded for his creation of an Ebay page for the chapter and overall professionalism. Anthony Butler, Executive Director and Founder of E3 ( stated “In the 20 years I have mentored over 200 young people Leon is one of my top interns ever.”  Check out for more information about this accomplished alum!

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