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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Children & Youth, Youth Centers & Clubs

Mission: Our mission is to train, equip and empower at-risk youth with the necessary tools that will help change the course of their lives by developing their spiritual, social, and emotional well-being.

Results: 100% of students promoted to the next grade level. 96% of students promoted without being suspended.

Target demographics: Train, equip and empower at-risk youth with the necessary tools to help them change the course of their lives by developing their spiritual, social and emotional well-being.

Direct beneficiaries per year: 50 students

Geographic areas served: Jacksonville, FL

Programs: Character development, educational assistants, arts & crafts, sports & fitness, and S.T.E.M.

Community Stories

6 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters


Rating: 5

1K NATION INC., is an important resource in our north side community. A community which is underserved, undereducated, underemployed, underinsured, underrepresented just to name a few deficiencies.

In spite of the many deficiencies in our community the 1K NATION INC. Organizations through the Haslem Family and community volunteers are making a difference in the lives of the youth in our community.

The youth receive daily words on morals and uplifting advice as they communicate with the staff and volunteers of 1K NATION. Most importantly.... but not limited to the discussions; but also .... in the actions, words and deeds of those dedicated staff members and community volunteers.

Academically, 1K NATION assist in homework assignments by encouraging the youth the importance of reading and doing homework to review and strengthen learning skills introduced in class.

STEM is approached as a hands on opportunity to experience Science, Technology, Engineering and Math through fun and exciting educational concepts and experiments which the youth receive the satisfaction of completing goals.

Strengthening also the homelife of our youth through parents meetings and volunteer involvement. Parents are given tried and true advice on child rearing from elders in the community. Sometimes it is accepted othertimes it may be dismissed as old fashion. But for the most part, the youth respond to the love and respect shown within 1K NATION. Parents often ask Mr. Haslem, “ How did you get them to do that?” Speaking as a volunteer observer and helper, I see love and respect as the main focus of 1K NATION staff and volunteers as the number one reason the youth of 1K NATION respond positively to the Haslems and volunteers.

I encourage the community to volunteer to giveback what was given to the youth of Simonds-Johnson Park in our youth. Please come back and give to the child that was once “YOU” .
Giveback what Coach Carlton “Soft Kid” Bryant and his wife , Sallie Bryant gave so unselfishly to the youth of our times. Coach Bryant served the community as the charter coach in 1955. He coached over 30years, coaching Simonds-Johnson Park longer than any coach thereafter.
The community thrived doing those years with Simonds-Johnson Park being the lifeblood to the youth and citizens of our community. For many years after Coach Bryant’s retirement; our community was allowed to deteriorate as the SJ Park Community Center went understaffed or unstaffed by the City Parks and Recreation Dept.

Today..... 1K NATION operates out of the SJ Park Community Center in partnership with JAXPARKS . The community is trying to revitalize with the help of 1K NATION INC., JAXPARKS and other community groups. 1K NATION INC. encourages the community through their inclusive approach to the youth and citizens of our community.

Thanks to all that are trying to make a difference to our community.

You ask, “How to stop the violence?”






Rating: 5

1KNation is an awesome place for your youth to become a part of and parents get involved with.I highly recommend you become part of the family. Donate your time,talents and finances you want be disappointed. Excellent staff and very energetic, creative and knowledgeable youth. When in the area I truly enjoy hanging out at 1 kNation.So stop by and lend a hand when you can.Remember "Positive things are happening at 1KNATION!!!! Mrs.T.Haslem

Client Served

Rating: 5

My three children attend 1K's afterschool program. They absolutely enjoy the program! So much so that they get upset when I come to pick them up. As a mom that is a great feeling because you want to know that your children are in a fun and safe environment when you cannot be there. The staff members truly care about the kids and it is evident through the many engaging activities that they plan for the kids and also in how they interact with them each day. They value building lasting relationships with our families and we appreciate them dearly!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

1K Nation is by far one of the most positive and encouraging after school programs I've seen in a long time. The staff are knowledgeable in youth development, provide high yield strategies for learning, and are creative in their techniques to reach at risk youth. The Coaches truly have a heart to serve and their passion can be seen in their interactions with the students. What is most powerful is the impact that they have on the students and how their engaging environment provides opportunities for all to thrive. Join me and others in the effort to support this organization in its mission to empower today's youth.

1 Courtney L.1


Rating: 5

1K nation is run by the most selfless people I have ever met! The children are amazing and deserve so much. This program gives the children time to do their homework, learn from the coaches and each other— as well as time to have fun in a safe environment. I am so blessed to be able to spend some time working with 1K, and I know they deserve and need any donations they can get.

Board Member

Rating: 5

1K Nation excels at influencing positive behavior within youth. The Character Counts courses challenge the youth to take the high road when it comes to conflict issues. The staff are truly dedicated to seeing that the students change the course of their lives towards positive outcomes.