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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

4 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters


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.


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.


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.


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!