K-Town Youth Empowerment Network
TN Counties/Region served: Knox County
Population served: Youth ages 14-21
Additional program eligibility requirements: Serious emotional and behavioral challenges
K-Town Youth Empowerment Network is a community partnership of local agencies, schools, faith-based organizations, government, businesses, youth leaders, and families working together to provide a “System of Care” for Knox County, Tennessee, youth ages 14-21 with serious emotional and behavioral challenges, and their families. If a young person has needs that touch more than one system–such as mental health, juvenile justice, special education, or child welfare–searching for help can seem like wandering through a maze of wrong doors and hidden barriers. Systems of Care help youth and their families navigate the maze.
K-Town Youth Empowerment Network is supported by a six-year, $9 million grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Centers for Mental Health Services. K-Town is a partnership of Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services, Tennessee Voices for Children, Helen Ross McNabb Center, and Centerstone Research Institute, together with dozens of local community partners. To date, more than 40 Knox County organizations, along with family advocates and youth leaders have joined together to create a more coordinated, integrated network of services and supports.
To empower youth to function well at home, in school, and in the community, and to help them make a successful transition to adulthood.K-Town's Mission
As of October 1, 2015, the K-Town initiative was approved for a No Cost Extension to its current federal funding, and will no longer provide direct services to individual youth and families. For the next 12 months, K-Town staff will continue to work with the Steering Committee of organizations, youth and families to lay the framework for System of Care sustainability in Knox County. These efforts will focus on assessing service needs in the community, assisting with local organizational development, participating in strategic planning to ensure local community engagement in sustainability efforts, and timely implementation and achievement of grant goals and objectives.