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March 1, 2010

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March 1, 2010

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.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

their sincere desire to serve others. Their motto, "I am because We are, We are therefore I am" is evident in all of their interactions with all that they meet.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

February 28, 2010

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February 28, 2010

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.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Mr. Allen, because of his rich background in education, his sincere spirit for development and honest desire to prove that our at-risk youth can succeed has brought a breath of fresh air and future potential to our community and families.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

February 26, 2010

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February 26, 2010

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.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the focus on the Arts as vital elements in the community.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

February 26, 2010

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February 26, 2010

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!

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The flexibility and inspiration it provides for the community.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

February 24, 2010

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February 24, 2010

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.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the young lives it's touched.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

develop more opportunities for young girls.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the founder, James Allen, is adamant about surrounding himself with people who genuinely see the need for enriching the lives of our youth with the knowledge that they are our future leaders.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

enthusiastic, focused, and saw the vision/

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

transform so many more young lives.

Ways to make it better...

the organization had more funding to extend more of its services to young girls.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

getting the funding to continue to carry out the vision.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

February 23, 2010

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February 23, 2010

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.

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The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Very engaging and experts in their fields. I appreciated the level of accomplishment they each shared.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

February 13, 2010

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February 13, 2010

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!

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Because of the "life skills" the youth are taught, the students are able to use higher order thinking skills when asked to solve various challenges.

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

February 12, 2010

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February 12, 2010

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.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

offering me an opportunity to volunteer as well as collaborate with the facility on several community projects.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Rennovate/upgrade the building space.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

that the services offered can benefit the entire community; adolescents and adults.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

very caring and knowledgeable.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

touch many more lives in a positive way.

Ways to make it better...

we had more supporters

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

finances

One thing I'd also say is that...

the immediate community is not aware of the services offered. Many client are not from the immediate community.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

February 5, 2010

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February 5, 2010

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.

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The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

The staff and volunteers are diligent, dedicated, and encouraging towards all. They have a heart-felt desire to see our youth excel and acheive while reaching their maximum potential.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

February 3, 2010

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February 3, 2010

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.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

learning the benefits of giving to young and/or old without always expecting something in return. I can personally say my life has been enriched through this organization

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

expand it to facilitate the number of people affected by its presence in the community.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

my ability to express myself creatively. They allow each person to express themselves and instead of attempting to control the person, they continue to provide ways of assisting the person to reach their goals.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

nice.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

change the world. I believe this is one organization that would take the money and actually put it to great use because they understand their role in the community as servants.

Ways to make it better...

I could actually work for them and get paid at the same time. To work in a learning environment is such a joy to me.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

lack of sufficient funding to complete it's mission.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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