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Knowledge-First Awarded: Community Development Block Grant

Houston, Texas – 01/May 2015 – Mr. James H. Allen announced today that the Knowledge-First Empowerment Center has been selected by the City of Missouri City, Missouri City Texas to provide educational services to citizens of Missouri City who are high school dropouts, to seek and obtain their high school diploma. 
“From the family bread-winner to those seeking secondary education or career or technical choices, having a high school diploma is the first step in one’s path of self-actualization and efficacy”, says Mr. Allen. 

In addition to helping citizens fulfill graduation requirements our program will expand our community’s tax base by raising the standard of living of our dropout population, reduce the health costs that we all have to share, reduce the crime rate, reduce the drain on our public assistance program and increase voter participation.
 

Since 2001 Knowledge-First, a non-profit 501 (c)(3) organization has been educating and empowering learners to maximize their potentiality while inspiring them to develop a synergistic lifestyle.  “We want to thank the city of Missouri City for making this project available, as it will substantially decrease the number of high school dropouts in our community and offer new hope to those individuals who have felt that the system has failed them”, says Mr. Allen.  

To this end, Knowledge-First will:
 

  • Provide educational services to any resident of Missouri City who is low- to moderate-income, regardless of where within the city the client resides. 
  • Create a Suitable Living Environment that relates to activities designed to benefit communities, families, or individuals by addressing issues in their living environment.  
  • Provide educational services to those who have experiences personal hardships, defined as either: had to stopped attending school because of personal or family illness, (2) pregnancy of learner, (3) having served court-ordered judgment, (4) who through necessity, had to find employment to take care of family and (5) other extenuating circumstances.  

This project has garnered additional support from the Missouri City chapter of the NAACP, Omega Psi Phi, Inc. and Pride Safety & Health Solutions.  They will join Knowledge-First in providing case management, mentoring and workforce development training that develops positive characteristics and student success. 
We believe, as did Plato, that the purpose and ultimate value of education is not to stick thoughts into the pupils’ head, but to inspire them to think for themselves.  We are our brother’s keeper!  Organizations interested in partnering with this or similar programs are encouraged to call: 281-499-8315 and ask for Mr. James H. Allen.


May 1, 2015

Knowledge-First Awarded Fort Bend Cares' Founder’s Grant

Missouri City, Texas – 12/May 2013
Presenting the newly instituted Fort Bend Cares Founder’s Grant named after the co- founders, Dr. Robert McClendon and The Honorable Jim Rice. Pictured L to R: Rick Conley, Board of Trustees Chair, James H. Allen and MaryAnn Donaldson with Knowledge-First Empowerment and Dr. Robert McClendon, Co-Founder Fort Bend Cares.
Now entering its ninth year, Fort Bend Cares continues to make a powerful impact on the disadvantaged children and youth of Fort Bend County.
There is still much need in Fort Bend County and Fort Bend Cares is there to help fill in the funding gap needed by worthy non-profits working with disadvantaged children. 
The highlight of the event came when Dr. Robert McClendon presented the newly instituted Fort Bend Cares Founder’s Grant named after the co- founders, Dr. Robert McClendon and The Honorable Jim Rice. This grant was presented to Knowledge-First Empowerment Center, an organization that provides academic services, tutoring and after school programs.
During his presentation of the Founders Grant, Dr. McClendon praised Knowledge-First Empowerment Center for the wonderful impact that the founders of this organization have already made on the youth of Fort Bend County and challenged them to use the proceeds from this grant to continue their fine work.
“We are thrilled to be able to support so many dedicated organizations that are doing valuable work in Fort Bend County”, said Laura Richard, Executive Director. The people and businesses in this community recognize the needs of children and they give generously. We are very appreciative of our sponsors, business partners and individual contributors who have given to Fort Bend Cares throughout the year.”

About
Fort Bend Cares
Fort Bend Cares is a charitable foundation, founded in 2004 by longtime residents of Fort Bend County who recognized the growing needs of disadvantaged youth in the area. Grants are provided to nonprofit organizations that support children and youth in areas dealing with physical, health, educational, recreational and emotional needs. Since its inception, Fort Bend Cares has bestowed grants totaling $1, 050,000.




May 12, 2013

Knowledge-First Awarded: Building an Educated Workforce Program

Houston, Texas – 02/December 2014
Mr. James H. Allen announced today that the Knowledge-First Empowerment Center was selected by the Houston-Galveston Area Council and the Gulf Coast Workforce Board to provide educational services that will help young people achieve positive outcomes through the attainment of a high school diploma. 
Whether a student plans for a post-secondary education, certification or technical training or training in the Board’s high-skill, high-growth occupations, building an educated workforce begins with high school graduation.
 

Since 2001 Knowledge-First, a non-profit 501 (c)(3) organization has been educating and empowering learners to maximize their potentiality while inspiring them to develop a synergistic lifestyle.  “Collaborating with H-GAC and Workforce Solutions in this project will substantially decrease the number of high school dropouts in our community and offer new hope to those individuals who have felt that the system has failed them”, says Mr. Allen.
 
To this end, Knowledge-First will:

  • Identify youth between the ages of 14 and 21 who are likely to benefit from help to stay in high school and train in a high-skill, high-growth occupation
  • Provide assistance to at-risk youths so they will complete their high school education.
  • Include the youth’s family by developing long lasting relationships with the young person and her/his family.
  • Keep in close contact with the young person to anticipate and intervene when a life event may interfere with graduation and post-secondary education.
  • Provide information and counseling about our high-skill, high-growth jobs to encourage young people to consider them as careers.  

This project has received additional support from the Missouri City chapter of the NAACP, Texas Southern University, Omega Psi Phi, Inc. and Pride Safety & Health Solutions.  They will join Knowledge-First in providing case management, mentoring and workforce development training that develops positive characteristics and student success.  Organizations interested in partnering with this or similar programs are encouraged to call: 281-499-8315 and ask for Mr. James H. Allen.
 

About
Gulf Coast Workforce Board and Workforce Solutions
 
The Gulf Coast Workforce Board and its operating affiliate Workforce Solutions together are the public workforce system in the 13-county Houston-Galveston region.  Annually, Workforce Solutions serves 300,000 to 400,000 people and more than 25,000 employers through 24 local career offices. 
They offer a range of service to help employers find and hire the best candidates for their job openings, as well as a variety of training and development assistance and human resources technical advice. We help individuals get a job, keep a job or get a better job with job search assistance, job referrals, career planning, and financial assistance for those who
are eligible.  For more information visit them on the web at http://wrksolutions.com





December 2, 2014

          It is refreshing to work with the Knowledge First team to achieve my academic goals.
John W., Houston, TX
          The courses were well-organized and appropriate for my academic level.
India B., Sugarland TX


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