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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

28 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

This organization serves a very important role in advancing education and educational attainment for youth and adults who wish to reengage and gain credentials for the workplace and for further education.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Customized learning and focused knowledge are the basis of Knowledge-First. Students and instructors greet each other saying "Wisdom. Knowledge. Perseverance" From 18 to 80 students are able to gain their Highschool Diploma. That's awesome! I love that teaching logic fundamentals is so important to their classes.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Words cant express my gratitude. The staff at the Knowledge-first Empowerment Academy cares about your well being. I was facing depression because I couldn't get a job, now my testimony has changed. I'm a full time employee thanks to the Knowledge-first team!! You guys rock

Donor

Rating: 5

This school has been a saving grace to many. It has helped open doors for the young and the old to a brighter future. My best friend got a second change at getting a great education. He obtained his High School Diploma. (NOT GED) after being out of school for over 12 years. He now has a better paying job which he can take care of his family. Thank you Knowledgeable-First for second changes and helping to build stronger families.
Lisa

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am happy to tell my experience with Knowledge-First Empowerment Academy, they have been such a huge asset in helping my child. My child was a student who was struggling with his grades in the public school. Once my student started at Knowledge-First Empowerment Academy the grades immediately improved. As a result of the smaller classes and the ability for my student to work at his own pace his grades improved greatly. Thanks to Knowledge-First Empowerment Academy my student has become a productive member of society.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was impressed with the general practices of this nonprofit business when I volunteered to work there. Various instructional procedures were offered for students with various learning styles. Concern and ood ommunication with parents, staff, and other employees were evident .

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am an senior citizens that volunteers at Knowledge first
It has been an Amazing experience. I have learned a great deal for example answering the phone. Assist with registration. It has been a joy to help seniors and young people receive their High school diploma. I am very grateful to be of service at Knowledge first Academy. They are Empowering one person at a time. I feel great for they are also Empowering me.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

James Allen is an Eductor that pushes to the utmost for the success and Achievement if each and every one of is Students. It is more like a program where failure is not an option.

Glenn D.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I Love it here...Great atmosphere Great place to get a well respected education and teaches young adults striving to achieve in this world the fundamentals and foundation of education.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

If you know of someone that needs their high school diploma, send them to Knowledge First Academy. This a place with friendly caring people that want to help you achieve that goal.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Knowledge First has done a tremendous job over the years in the community helping young people get their high school diplomas. I have know the Director Mr. Allen since college. I have lived in Missouri City over 35 years. I have seen his work with the young people over the years , accomplishing their goals to go back to school, put in the work and reach their goals. The school and Mr. Allen are to be commended for the work and dedication of helping young people reach one of the most important steps in their lives. Job well done and to be continued.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am Lloyd Jernigan, Executive Director for Next Level Learning Center. We are grateful for the work and assistance Knowledge First has provided to the students we referred to them. Some of the students are discouraged and disappointed but to see them turn around as a result of interaction with Knowledge First is exceptional. Thanks to the leadership and staff of Knowledge First.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have watched Knowledge First from its days in the Houston suburb of Missouri City and its service to needy people to its move to the Fifth Ward. There, it has taken on the challenge of serving Houston's neediest. This move alone deserves maximum commendation.

John Richardson J.

Donor

Rating: 5

I thank God for Knowledge-First! It has really been a blessing to several individuals in my community and surrounding communities. The individuals that worked and received their diplomas through this academy have been saved from a life that was at a dead end. They have went on to better their lives for them and their families, because they were given the opportunity to achieve their High School Diploma through this awesome program.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Knowledge First is one of the premier nonprofit organizations that have help youth all over the city of Houston to obtain a GED or high school diploma. The impact of this organization gives students confidence and perserverence to succeed in life.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Countless "would-be" high school drop outs and those who've made the life changing decision to return back to school and obtain a high school diploma share the same testimony. When asked, the story of experiencing a sense of accomplishment, being the first to graduate high school in the family or being able to pursue a higher education is the general response. Knowledge- First Empowerment Academy has assisted so many in realizing the educational goals that at one time seemed unattainable.
Many thanks and much love to the entire team, who have worked to make mere dreams into realities.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Knowledge-First Empowerment Academy has changed the lives of so many. It is an academy that offers more than an accredited high school diploma, it offers one a second chance for greater opportunities!

James H. Allen

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

As an educator, we recognize the benefits of the High School Diploma Program that Knowledge-First provides for our students who experienced challenges in regular school. When we have students who are overaged and failing, Knowledge-First gives these students a newfound hope to still gradute and get their high school diploma

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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.

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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.