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Causes: Arts & Culture, Children & Youth, Education, Educational Services, Employment Preparation & Procurement, Job Training, Youth Development Programs

Mission: Knowledge-First offers a balanced instructional approach, understanding and addressing each student’s unique learning style.  Through our approach, our students learn to value the educational environment, themselves and the contributions of others.  We maintain a non-threatening learning zone where each student is not only encouraged to participate, but each learns to discover ways to create their own distinct and meaningful contribution.

Community Stories

10 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

My name is Kevin Frick and I am the executive director of Frick's Employment Agency. I have had the pleasure of working with the staff at Knowledge-First. I have found them to be highly professional and dedictated to serving their clients. We have partnered on several employment fairs and employment outreach projects. Even though this is a challenging time to be finding employment, I can always count on Knowledge-First to bring quality components to bear. Many organizations will give you lip service, but you can always count on Knowledge-First and their committment to excellence.

7

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Knowledge-First, lead by Mr. James Allen and a superior number of artistic leaders have brought a extra special body of support to our children and families that are in critical need of training, development and tutoring. Prior to their arrival and involvement there was definitely no creative resource available to our community, absolutely none. The schools had all but stooped and the students in need or development, extra support and creative discovery were all headed into negative homes and no artistic discovery. Not only has Knowledge- First met that need, but many of the organizations are beginning to realize it is programs like Knowledge-First that are missing in their structures and needs to be replicated. Finally, I myself was creatively nurtured through a program like Knowledge- First, I played the drum in a small Christian/Community band and although I never could fully read the music and played by ear, it was the sensitive mentoring and exposure that made a tremendous difference in my life. Today, I take that seriously in realizing that many of our youth have no options and thus the results of, well you should know, if not open up the paper in any large American city. I highly support, applaud and will continue to encourage the work of Knowledge-First, its dynamic instructors and the future of its success in our community. As a ‘Preacher” for the past 30 years, I can only Thank God, that Knowledge-First is on the front lines with us and Thank You for any support, honors, recognition and resources that your organization can provide. As I always say, It’s A Blessing. If for any reason, I can add to this or present on behalf of Knowledge-First, please feel free to contact me at (281) 546-8168, I will be happy to do whatever is needed. Thank you for this opportunity to share.

5

Board Member

Rating: 5

As a Board Member, I have been truly inspired and motivated to help carry on the mission of Knowledge-First, Inc. The Director, Mr. James Allen provides a vehicle for all willing participants to contribute his or her strengths to the organization. The promotion of the Arts has been a major initiative at Knowledge-First.

5

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Last summer, I helped with the Summer Camp program. Students enrolled in this program were given a rich variety of experiences, including field trips. The arts & crafts encouraged the children to create and design their own projects. Wonderful environment for children! Highly recommended!

6

Board Member

Rating: 5

From its' inception, Knowledge-First has never wavered from its' core beliefs and reason for being: All children can learn and deserve to be culturally enriched regardles of thier position in life. Knowledge-First's founder, James Allen, took his experiences as a life-long educator, passion to make a difference, and his own capital to bring Knowledge-First to fruition. Through Knowledge-First's wholistic approach, I have seen individuals that the public school system labeled as discipline problems and learning-challenged evolve into model students. Kudos to this organization for making and difference in our children's lives and, ultimately, everyone's future.

4

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am extremely appreciative of the artistic opportunities afforded to persons of all ages at the Knowledge-First Empowerment Center. They have steadfastly provided top quality programming to enhance the quality of life for citizens within our community.

5

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The staff of Knowledge First have a unique way of providing individual attention to a room full of youth. The students receive the tools necessary to be successful in life and in school. Students learn to hone academic skills of reading and math through drama, music and chess. Non-traditional methods....that work! Excellent program!

7

Volunteer

Rating: 4

As a volunteer with Knowledge- First Empowerment Center, I have personally observed the care and concern that is given to each individual who enters the facility. Knowledge-First helps provide educaltional, cultural and artistic opportunities and experiences to individuals. While volunteering on several occasions, many clients have stated that the staff and volunteers are very knowledgeable and resourceful. Very positive asset in the community.

10

Volunteer

Rating: 4

Knowledge-First has been very instrumental in provding our organization an opportunity to impact the lives of our youth. The participants of the summer fine arts program had a grand time while being exposed to skills that would increase their self-esteem.

4

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Knowlege-First is the only organization of it's kind to my knowledge that offers practically everything I need at little or no cost. I have learned computers, I studied some real estate and have had the most fantastic time at the social events they have sponsored. It is a place where everyone so far has felt welcomed. They have an amazing array of services and I only hope that they receive the financial support they need to continue the good work they are doing for this community. Also the dance classes they hold for adults is fantastic. It helps to give the couch potatoes some much needed exercise and according to some of the women involved, it brings new spark in their relationships.