2012 Reasons to Believe Alumni Honor Roll

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Role models who give us Reasons to Believe in the power of education

Charles Allen, IV

charles allenWashington High School, 1987

Charles Allen is passionate about serving the youth of Wyandotte County. As founder and director of The Urban Scholastic Center (USC), he had made it his mission to develop socially responsible Christian leaders. The organization offers mentoring services, programs that support school athletics, internship opportunities, and much more.

Ministry work was not something Allen aspired toward while he was growing up but a series of experiences led him there. He attended Kansas State University on a track scholarship after high school. By his third year, several injuries left him unable to compete, so he turned his focus toward his education. When he couldn't secure a summer internship in his field of graphic design, he took a job at the Wyandotte County Juvenile Detention Center (JDC). This experience changed his life. He knew that he belonged working with students. He returned to K-State and earned his education degree. His dedication earned him the "Outstanding Undergraduate" award from the College of Education.

His took a teaching position with the Blue Valley School District. Proud of his accomplishments, he made a visit to his former elementary school, Vance, to tell his teachers what he had achieved. During that visit, he saw visual differences between his old school and the school where he was teaching. It made him reflect on his hometown and his time working with students at the JDC. He decided that his hometown needed him. So when the opportunity arose to start an organization to serve young people, he jumped at it and founded The Urban Scholastic Center.

Over the years, Allen's drive to serve youth has paired him with countless organizations including the National Center for Fathering, Youthfront and the Hillview Church of God. Under his direction, the Urban Scholastic Center has earned the prestigious National Christian Foundation's Passion Award four times for the life-changing programs it provides.