Lack of funding forces Tribe One to close its doors

Knoxville, Tenn. (WVLT) - An after school program known for curbing gang activity and keeping kids off the streets - is closed.

"It was a shock to me when I saw the for sale sign because it appeared it was an end of an era," said Keira Wyatt with CONNECT Ministries.

Now, the doors are locked, a closed sign is plastered on the window and the only help that some inner city kids turned to may be no more.
So what happened?

Board members told us a lack of funding is to blame. In addition to the building going up for sale, three people lost their jobs.

Last year board members said they raised $50,000.
Still not enough to keep the doors open.

"Our children are being incarcerated and having run-ins with the justice system at alarming rates," said Wyatt.

Tribe One saw about 50 kids a day at its after school program.
Now the organization is trying to find ways to keep its summer program going, despite not having a building.

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