Chuck Allen was born and raised in urban Wyandotte County – one of the poorest and unhealthiest counties in the state of Kansas. He received a track scholarship from Kansas State University and left his community in 1987 to compete as a sprinter and earn a degree. He said, “I’ll never go back to Wyandotte County”.
Chuck earned two degrees from K-State; BFA in Graphic Design and BS in Education. He wanted to make a difference in the lives of students, but he was determined to never return to Wyandotte County. Instead, he taught at Pleasant Ridge Middle School, in the Blue Valley School District; the highest ranking district in the state, in the wealthiest county in Kansas (Johnson County). Chuck said, “I absolutely loved teaching at Pleasant Ridge!”
Through a series of extraordinary events, God changed Chuck’s heart for Wyandotte County. In 1999, God called him to return to his hometown to live and serve. In 2000, Chuck, his wife Tricia and their four children moved to the inner city of Wyandotte County where they are dedicated to bringing students into a growing relationship with Jesus Christ and helping them grow to be responsible Christian leaders.
God revealed the vision for the Urban Scholastic Center (USC) to Chuck in 2000 and USC became a 501(C)(3) not-for-profit corporation in 2005. USC has become an award-winning ministry!