Children and Youth Programs

Children Programs

The Core Academy

The CORE Academy (City of Refuge Education) is dedicated to academic enrichment. City of Refuge has joined forces with the Archway Partnership of Dalton-Whitfield County. Studies show the capacity to read and excel in school is directly related to early brain development. Therefore these programs were included to support reading achievement in toddlres and pre-school children.

CORE takes a holistic approach to the academic development of elementary and middle school children by including their physical and emotional education into the curriculum.

We believe that a complete approach – mind, body, and spirit – is the “core” of academic growth and achievement. In addition to being holistic, CORE is collaborative, drawing support from student, teachers, and school administrators, parents, mentors, coaches, clergy and community leaders.


Summer Dance Camp

City of Refuge Summer Dance Camp is designed to enhance the inner beauty and strengths of young girls age 1st – 5th grade. During the months of June and July students display their hard work and talent for their parents and the community.


Youth Program

Youth (6th – 12th Grade)

The City of Refuge Youth Ministry offers discipleship classes on Sunday mornings from 9:00 am – 10:30 am, followed by an opportunity to join a local church service at one of our partnering churches. During youth events, teenagers engage in worship, discussion and activities using biblical-based principles as a foundation.



Academic Excellence – City of Refuge promotes the holistic development of academic scholars. Students in 9th – 12th grade have access to homework assistance, online resources and enrichment activities. Volunteer tutors, mentors and professionals contribute to promote scholastic success, provide guidance, knowledge and experience to students.


Serving the City

The participants of the City of Refuge Youth Group volunteer for numerous service projects and events to support their community. This form of discipline is intended to strengthen young peoples’ sense of civic engagement and community, and to help them achieve their educational development and societal goals. Most high school students are expected to complete a minimum of 75 community service hours as a graduation requirement.


Friday/Saturday Breakout

Breakout provides recreational and social opportunities for youth in a safe and nurturing environment. Staff and volunteer mentors create a structured and inviting atmosphere as an alternative to the streets. “The Message” (devotional) is led by Pastors Josh and Megan Lunsford, followed by a variety of activities, including: Basketball, game night, family movie night, picture day, one on one visits to the local yogurt shop, lunch and more.

Pre-teens and teens are provided with on-going holistic self-development that includes, spiritual enrichment, service leadership training, arts education, health & wellness, field trips and overnight stays – yet with excitement and fun that any teen would want to be a part of.


City of Refuge Youth Program Partners

Rockbridge Community Church: Visit Website
First Nazarene Church: Visit Website