Wins for Kansas: Youth for Christ Wichita

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WICHITA, Kan. (KAKE) -

Children who have been kicked out of school don't have many options. But one Wichita group says it's all about giving young people second chances. 

Youth for Christ is a faith-based nonprofit that operates out of an old Wichita elementary school. Along with classrooms and a recreation center, this is often the last resort for kids to pursue a formal education.

"We're the school that gets kids who have been kicked out of the alternative, or they've been expelled from a public school" explained Chuck Knowles. He and his staff take in several dozen students each year. Along with continued education, these teens also learn to build the skills needed to return to the classroom.

The environment is highly structured. "There is just not much for them to grasp onto. So they come here and they at least have some type of stability," Knowles said.

While many people have written off those children, as a chaplain and educator, Knowles believes in each one of them.

"I tell them every day: look, I love you - wouldn't be here if we didn't. We're concerned about you. You've got more to offer than you think you do."

The school operates through grants and donations. Our partners at Wins for Kansas, Devaughn James Injury Lawyers, wanted to help with a $500 grant. The staff plans to use the money in its technology department.

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