Target teams up to help Knox County youth


KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT)-- The road from childhood to adulthood isn't always a smooth ride; in fact some teens and family find themselves lost on what to do. But there's help out there and it's called K-Town Youth Empowerment Network.

K-Town Youth Empowerment Network is a family resource center for teens that suffer from S.E.D short for social emotional disorder.

Alicia Banks, Lead Family Contact with K-Town said "The youth may have schizophrenia, bi-polar disorder, A.D.H.D, or P.T.S.D and we work with them and their families to reach goals to become productive members of society."

The organization is free to you thanks to a six-year, $9 million grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Centers for Mental Health Services. The grant is administered by a partnership among Tennessee Department of Mental Health, Tennessee Voices for Children, Helen Ross McNabb Center, and Centerstone Research Institute.

Not only does K-Town help teens in trouble but they assist the entire family unit cope.

"We are family driven. We are here to get the families through difficult times and get them the mental, physical and emotional support they need." said Alicia

Target in Turkey Creek even offered some support Wednesday by handing out gift cards to K-Town families.

"Most of our families we help are in need of basics like food and hygiene items. It's great to see Target stepping up." Alicia said

K-Town wants Knox County to know they are here for you and your family. If you need help visit the link below for more information.


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