Our Mission

The Coalition began in 1998 when a local business leader and concerned citizens realized a need to help underprivileged children and youth make better choices on their path to becoming responsible adults.

Funding was contributed to purchase a 9,700 square foot community center called “The Rock”.

After a complete renovation, the Grand Opening was held February 27, 1999 (with over 500 in attendance) marking the beginning of the objective to make the lives of children a reality. After ten years the Coalition For Kids had changed the lives of thousands of low income children and The Rock Community Center had become a vibrant hub at the center of C4K’s programs.

In 2015, Coalition For Kids was given the keys to the old Tri-Cities Christian Elementary School: a 33,000 sq ft facility, renovated, including administrative offices, multiple classrooms, a large gymnasium, and a recently-built KaBOOM! playground.

Years Serving Area Children

Children in C4K After School Programs

Snacks Served Each Day

After School Sites

About Us

No one wants to believe that it is happening—children robbed of their childhood through abuse, violence, addictions, hopelessness and having responsibility for themselves at an early age. It is the tough reality, but there is a place of hope; a shelter from the dangerous storm. It is the Coalition For Kids. Every afternoon, our buses and vans bring children from local schools to Kid City, a community center under the direction of the Coalition for Kids, Inc.

The Coalition is a non-profit organization with a mission to help children in need. Here they find a Safe Place, with professional tutors and a staff of volunteers. C4K is not a daycare facility. After school Coalition children find:

  • Help with homework
  • Reading and math assistance
  • Music and art lessons
  • Athletics
  • Special preventive programs for violence and substance abuse
  • A free snack and dinner.

Through our Coalition staff and a network of volunteer counselors, we are eyewitnesses to something wonderful…lives changed, one child at a time.

Meet our Team!

These are the amazing people who make what we do possible.

Randy Hensley

Randy Hensley

Executive Director

Randy has served as the Executive Director of the Coalition For Kids since its founding in 1998. Building on more than 15 years of business management experience, Randy has worked diligently to grow the Coalition For Kids from one site serving 25 children to multiple sites across Johnson City serving more than 300 low-income, at-risk children each day. Randy and his lovely wife, Melanie, have six beautiful children.



Bethany Patton

Bethany Patton

Director of Operations

Bethany began working at Coalition For Kids in 2004 as a part-time tutor.  In 2006 she became a Site Director and served in multiple locations and capacities over the next 7 years.  Bethany became the Assistant Director of Programming in 2011, Director of Programming in 2014 and Director of Operations in 2017. Bethany and her husband, Chris, are proud parents of their son Cambron.  She is also a Worship Leader at their church where they both love to serve.

Sarah Oaks

Sarah Oaks

Director of Grants

Sarah started with the Coalition For Kids as a Site Tutor in September 2008. She has served as Site Director at South Side, North Side, and Indian Trail Schools. In March of 2015 she started working as our Grant Director. Sarah holds Bachelor’s degree in Education from East Tennessee State University. Sarah and her husband, Ryan, love to spend time with their two children.

Kelly Grieb

Kelly Grieb

Director of Finance

Kelly has worked as the Director of Finance since 2014.  She has over 10 years of business finance experience and a Master of Business Administration degree.  Kelly and her husband, Jacob have two children, Hadley and Harmon.

Asia Fleming

Asia Fleming

Director of Programming

Asia began at Coalition For Kids as a Site Tutor in 2007. She has held several positions within Coalition For Kids, including serving as the Site Director of Indian Trail, South Side, and Kids In Action, Volunteer Coordinator and Assistant Director of Programming.  In her present position as Director of Programming she has the opportunity to lead the staff who work hands on with the students we serve. Asia and her fiancé, Bryson, love spending time with their son Cairo.

Jordan Spain

Jordan Spain

Director of Programming

Jordan began working with the Coalition for Kids in the fall of 2011 as a part time tutor. After graduating with a Bachelor’s in Business Administration from East Tennessee State University, she took on the role of Site Director at Indian Trail. Over the next few years, Jordan worked at multiple sites until she began working as an interim Assistant Director of Programming in 2016. In the fall of 2017, Jordan moved into a Director of Programming position. She is an active worship leader for different ministries in the area and is highly involved in her church.

Cindy Young

Cindy Young

Director of Community Outreach

Cindy Young began working for the Coalition For Kids in October of 2015 as the Director of Community Outreach. Cindy attended East Tennessee State University and ran on the first women’s track team under Coach David Walker. She is a proud mother of three children, Jamey, Adam and Emily. She is a tennis teacher/coach in the summer and enjoys playing the game.  Cindy attends The Rock Fellowship Church in Johnson City, TN. and serves as a volunteer there.

Jan Jacobson

Jan Jacobson

Director of Events

Jan began working part time at the Coalition in January 2018 as the Events Director planning all  in-house fundraisers. Prior to working at the Coalition she worked at Summit Leadership Foundation for 10 years as the Director of Administration and Event Planning. She enjoys volunteering at her Church and other local non-profit agencies; one of which is One Acre Café where she also serves on their board.  Jan is married to Paul and together they enjoy hiking, tandem biking and traveling to visit their two married sons, daughter-in-law’s and granddaughter Emery.

Linda Wallace

Linda Wallace

Director of Human Resources

Linda joined Coalition For Kids in July 2009 as the Executive Administrative Assistant. In 2011 she took on a dual role of Director of Humans Resources.  Linda holds a Bachelor’s degree in Public Health and an Associate’s in Health Sciences from East Tennessee State University. She loves spending time with her husband, Greg, their son Boone, family and friends.

Phyllis Dycus

Phyllis Dycus


Phyllis was the first employee hired when the Coalition For Kids began in 1998. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Physical Education and Health from Milligan College. Before coming to the Coalition, Phyllis taught physical education and worked as a church secretary. Phyllis and her husband, Dallas, cherish time spent with family-especially their grandchildren.

Ryan Oaks

Ryan Oaks

IT Support Manager

Ryan started with the Coalition For Kids in August of 2017 as the IT Support Manager. Before coming to Coalition For Kids Ryan was a self employed web developer. He enjoys spending time with his wife, Sarah, and their two children.


Changing Lives

What people are saying

It’s rewarding when the kids express their appreciation for your service. The kids enjoy the time they spend with you very much and they let you know how much fun they are having. Volunteering with the children makes you often realize how important organizations like the coalition are to communities, small and large.

Brett Kindle

I can not express how grateful I am that my children have a fun, safe, and loving environment to come to each day. I appreciate all of your help and concern for my children. I don’t say this enough, but “THANK YOU!!” from the bottom of my heart.

Parent of Two Coalition Children

Thank you very much for helping Karen. She is making great progress in reading. She is reading several books each week and is reading more independently. The help with homework is greatly appreciated.

Teacher, Cherokee Elementary

Our students have a need that is met every day because of the hard work of the Coalition and North Side staffs working together. It provides a structured, safe atmosphere for our students to complete homework, work on challenges and continue to refine their social skills…a win-win for all parties involved. On behalf of our school community I say, “THANK YOU”!

Richard J. Church

Student Support, Indian Trail Middle School

I would say that the Coalition saves our students. The students who attend the Coalition For Kids have a safe environment to get extra help with their homework, reading, supervised play and even have snacks and dinner. Our school’s successes are due in part from the partnership that Fairmont has maintained with The Coalition. We are confident when our students are at the Rock that we have a vital support system to help our students to be successful.

Carol McGill

Principal, Fairmont Elementary

Frequently Asked Questions:

How do I sign my child up for programming?
Call (423) 434-2031 ext 820 and leave a message. Someone will get in touch with you.
How can I become a volunteer for C4K?
Fill out our Volunteer Application  or call Cindy Young at 423-434-2031 ext 806.
How can I support C4K?
Give online or call Kelly Grieb at 423-434-2031 ext 805

Our History



C4K is born! Mitch Cox and Lawrence Porterfield purchase land.



C4K began with Fairmont, housed in our main facility on Watauga Road, Our evening program began concurrently with the after-school program.



Our after-school, evening and summer programs were officially named Awesome Kids Club (AKC), Kids in Action (KIA) and Community Kids Activity Club (CKAC). These core programs remain the heart of C4K today.



AKC programming began in North Side Elementary servicing the children of North Side directly in the school.


C4K became a United Way Partner Agency



Mountain View after-school site was added and remains housed in Mountain View Elementary.



Indian Trail after-school site serves children attending Indian Trail Intermediate School. Initially housed within ITIS for the first several years, the site then relocated to Boones Creek Christian Church. Our ITIS children are picked up by the C4K bus after school, transported to the church and then back to our main campus for KIA or parent pick-up.



Our after-school program expanded to include South Side Elementary with the site located in the school.



In partnership with the Johnson City Housing Authority, our first site within a housing community began. Keystone after-school site serves children attending Mountain View Elementary and living in the Keystone Community.



Amistades site serves children attending Cherokee Elementary and is housed in Cherokee United Methodist Church.



Our evening program expanded to an additional location at Munsey Memorial United Methodist Church allowing a larger population to be served following the after-school program.



At the request of Washington County Schools, C4K created and implemented an emergency summer program for the children of families effected by the tornadoes in the South Central area.



Our summer program expanded to 2 locations allowing sites at our main location and Cherokee UMC.


With the start of school in the fall, Indian Trail Site relocated to the Rock Fellowship Church.



After combining in one location in 2013, our evening program once again expanded to 2 locations with the 2nd site being housed in the Keystone Community in continued cooperation with the JC Housing Authority.

Mitch Cox announces the purchase of the former Tri-Cities Christian School facility which will serve as the new home for C4K.

The addition of our Liberty Bell program serving 7th graders marks the beginning of our 10-year vision. Each year a successive grade will be added giving us the capacity to see our Coalition kids through high school and beyond.



Relocation of programming and administration to Kid City, our new campus completed. 5 of our 8 after-school sites housed in Kid City with Mountain View, Keystone and South Side remaining satellite sites. Both evening and summer programs operating in Kid City. The 33,000 square feet in our new campus gives us the ability to greatly increase the number of children we can serve!