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Americorps Wellness Coach Positions Open at Valeo

Valeo Behavioral Healthcare is recruiting five AmeriCorps Wellness Coaches within the agency’s Whole Health Management Project to start Sept. 1. See Job Description attached. This position is 33 hrs./wk. with living allowance, health insurance, student loan deferment and forbearance, educational award, and licensed day care provider funds available.

To learn more about the Americorp Program visit: http://community.ksde.org/Default.aspx?tabid=4559

For more information about the Wellness Coach positions contact:

Stacy Forgy, LMSW

Strategic Development Manager

Valeo Behavioral Health Care

5401 SW 7th St.

Topeka, KS 66606

Phone 785-215-8872

Fax 785-228-3075


Jami Nichols I Corporate Development Manager

Recovery starts here.

5401 SW 7th, Topeka KS 66606

Americorps Wellness Coach Position Description070214.docx

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July 28, 2014 at 6:53 am

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Volunteer Partnership Program – City of Topeka

The City of Topeka’s Volunteer Partnership Program seeks to match community groups, and projects needing assistance, with Topeka residents who want to give back.

It’s easy to help your neighbors and strengthen our community through service!

All volunteer opportunities in this program directly benefit Topeka residents.

Register your volunteer project, or sign up to help below.

The inclusion of any organization or person in Neighborhood Services Volunteer Partnership program does not constitute a representation, warranty, or endorsement with respect to the competence, suitability, or reliability of such organization or person by the City of Topeka, nor does the City of Topeka sponsor or endorse any such organization or person.

With questions about the Volunteer Partnership Program, please call Shane at contact us by e-mail.

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July 27, 2014 at 4:40 pm

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8th Annual Kansas City Government Contracting & Procurement (KCGCP) Forum

On Thursday, August 14th, the Human Relations Department of the City of Kansas City Missouri will host the 8th Annual KC Government Contracting & Procurement Forum (KCGCP) at the Bartle Hall Convention Center, 301 West 13th Street.

Please see attached is the KCGCP Flyer for details.

Rhonda L. Abbate

General Services AdministrationOffice of Small Business Utilization

CMA Inc Contractor
Office Phone 816-926-7203

KCGCP Flyer 07 22 14.pdf

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July 24, 2014 at 9:16 am

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U.S. Soccer Training Center Coming to KCK

News Release

Unified Government Public Relations

701 N. 7th Street, Room 620

Kansas City, Kansas 66101

Mike Taylor, Public Relations Director 913.573.5565

Edwin Birch, Public Information Officer 913.573.5544

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July 24, 2014 at 9:14 am

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Resources for Learning Code: A Guide from Around the Web


These are either short or full-length courses on the major aspects of computer science and technology posted on the web. While all are not free, many have starter courses that teach the basics and allow one to preview what the entire modules/courses deliver.

Title Resource Type Description Skills Developed
Maker Camp Course 30 days of DIY and making! Maker Camp is a free virtual summer camp on Google+, open to all.(FREE)
Making Sense of Data Course self-paced, online course is intended for anyone who wants to learn more about how to structure, visualize, and manipulate data.(FREE) Data management; data science
"HTML Workshop" Course This “HTML Workshop: HTML Training for Beginners “course will teach you the tags used to build web pages using HTML 4.0. You will be able to build simple web pages after you finish this HTML training course". 17 lectures, 2+ hours, 11,400 students, 70 discussions. (FREE) HTML, web development
Learn to set up websites from Scratch Course Over 24 lectures and 3.5 hours of content!
Learn about Webhosting and Domain name system

Learn about website setup
Learn all about WordPress Setup
Learn to set up emails, FTP accounts and make your website live. (FREE)

Cpanel, File Transfer Protocol (FTP), CSS, Joomla, WordPress
Learn Javascript and Jquery from Scratch Course Over 10 lectures and 2 hours of content!
Master JavaScript Syntax
Master the JQuery Library

Quickly build Web Projects using JS and Jquery (FREE)

Javascript, Jquery
Mastering HTML5 Programming – The Easier Way Course Over 35 lectures and 7 hours of content!
By the end of the course you will be able to understand the core concepts of HTML5 and CCS3

You will be able to create HTML5 APP and Front end for your websites and web products
You will learn about interesting features like Drop and Drag , Multimedia, Web sockets and Web messaging (FREE)

HTML5, CCS3, app development
Coding for Entrepreneurs (Basic) Course A Free Introduction to "Coding for Entrepreneurs | A Programming Class for the Non-Technical Founder" on Udemy. Over 27 lectures and 3.5 hours of content.(FREE) Python, Django, CSS, MySQL
Comprehensive JavaScript Programming Course This comprehensive JavaScript programming course will teach you how to develop JavaScript applications, specifically you will learn: functions, objects, strings, arrays, debugging, and much more. Over 27 lectures and 3 hours of content.(FREE) Javascript, Jquery, Angular, NodeyJS
Hour of Code Course Taught by Khan Academy, The ‘Hour of Code’ is a nationwide initiative by Computer Science Education Week and Code.org to introduce millions of students to one hour of computer science and computer programming.(FREE) Web development; JavaScript
Try Ruby Course; website This website offers an interactive environment ready to go to start learning. No complicated manual and no setup required. Going through should take you about an hour. Try Ruby will walk you through the very basics of programming in Ruby and give you a sandbox to play around in.(FREE) Ruby language
Code School Course; website Learn all the major computer science language in four paths through 30 courses and 1,700 coding challenges. Many at no cost. $29/month. Javascript, Ruby, HTML/CSS, iOS
Skillcrush Course; websites An online learning community, where you will gain the digital skills every forward- thinking professional must know. FREE 10-day e-mail bootcamp. 3-month program for $399. Website development, design, app development
Rails for Zombies Course; website Rails for Zombies is a free online course that provides you five labs, each with a short video followed by a series of exercises where you get to code Rails immediately in your browser. (FREE) Web application development
Flappy Bird Course; tutorial Hosted by Hour of Code, writing your own custom version of the game Flappy Bird! (FREE) App development; video gaming
Intro to the Art of Computer Science #1 Course K-8 level course with 15-25 hours of lesson plans and modules to teach computer science. Concepts include: computational thinking, algorithms, functions, conditionals, abstraction, relay programming, and more.(FREE) Programming, computational thinking

Popular Research

These are some of the most interesting guides, case studies, and working projects in the intersection of computer science, education, community development (especially for youth).

Title Resource Type Description Skills Developed
Case study on community information Research A reading on how communities have turned their data needs challenges into impactful projects. Compiled by the Knight Foundation.
Why’s (Poignant) Guide to Ruby Research A fun, lively read about the peculiar aspects of Ruby. Ruby language; Ruby on Rails
Learning Rails: Live Edition Research Unlike most Rails books, Learning Rails is for web developers, and not for programmers. Rather than begin with the inner layers of a Rails web application — the models and controllers — this book approaches Rails development from the outer layer: the view side of an application. You’ll start from the foundations of the Web you already know, and learn how to create something visible with Rails before reaching the more difficult database models and controller code. Each chapter includes exercises and review questions so you can test your understanding as you go. Ruby language; Ruby on Rails

Tutorials and Games

Here are some fun, accessible games to learn programming and computer languages.

Title Resource Type Description Skills Developed
Made with Code Tutorials Initiated by Google, this online project-based community aims to inspire girls to explore fun, beautiful ideas with code programming at beginner, intermediate, and advanced levels. Features mentors and online community forum.
Lightbot Tutorials Learn core programming logic, starting from super-basic programming, for ages 4+, on iOS or Android (or Web browser) . Learn how to sequence commands, identify patterns, use procedures, and utilize loops! Targeted toward children ages 4 and up. (FREE) iOS, Android programming
MIT AppInventor Tutorials Entertaining, quick video tutorials walk you through building three simple apps for your Android phone or tablet. Designed for novices and experts alike, this hour of code will get you ready to start building your own apps before you know it. Imagine sharing your own app creations with your friends! These activities are suitable for individuals and for teachers leading classes. (FREE) Android programming
Scratch Website; tutorials With Scratch, you can program your own interactive stories, games, and animations — and share your creations with others in the online community. Project of the Lifelong Kindergarten Project of MIT Media Lab. (FREE) Video gaming
Tynker Tutorials Designed to motivate and inspire kids to bring their creative ideas to life.

Kids create their own games, animated stories, and projects, and publish their apps for the web.($50/course)

Video gaming


Here are some of the best workshops for students, teachers, and educators to learn about coding around the country.

Title Resource Type Description Skills Developed
LEAD Computer Science Institute (LEAD-CSI) Workshop This program exposes middle and high school students from diverse communities to colleges and careers in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) fields. Various in computer science
Google Science Fair Workshop The Google Science Fair is a global competition open to 13-18 olds. Students submit a project online for a chance to win amazing prizes. Various
Google High School Symposium Workshop This is a one day program designed to provide high-achieving high school seniors with valuable business skills before starting college. Technology business skills


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July 23, 2014 at 6:54 pm

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New Commitments in Support of My Brother’s Keeper

The White House Wednesday, July 23, 2014
New Commitments in Support of My Brother’s Keeper

Earlier this week, President Obama visited the Walker Jones Education Campus in Washington, D.C. to participate in a town hall with youth, and to announce new commitments in support of the My Brother’s Keeper initiative.

Find out more about the new commitments here.

As the President said during the town hall, "We want fewer young men in jail; we want more of them in college. We want fewer young men on the streets; we want more in the boardrooms. We want everybody to have a chance to succeed in America. And it’s possible if we’ve got the kind of team that we set up today."

Watch President Obama answer questions during this week’s town hall:

Watch the President in this week's town hall.

In February, as part of his plan to make 2014 a year of action focused on expanding opportunity for all Americans, the President unveiled the My Brother’s Keeper Initiative to address persistent opportunity gaps faced by boys and young men of color and ensure that all young people can reach their full potential.

The Administration is doing its part by identifying programs and policies that work, and recommending action that will help all our young people succeed. Since the launch of My Brother’s Keeper, the President’s Task Force has met with and heard from thousands of Americans, through online and in-person listening sessions, who are already taking action.

Learn more at WhiteHouse.gov/My-Brothers-Keeper.

And if you haven’t already, commit to making a difference by pledging to mentor a young person in your community.

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July 23, 2014 at 3:39 pm

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*NEW EPA CONTRACT OPP* – Washington County & Pre-Prop Conf

The Kansas City Regional Office of the US Environmental Protection Agency is conducting a Pre-Proposal Conference *Wednesday – July 23, 2014 – in Lenexa, KS*(outside of Kansas City). The solicitation is for remediation of lead contaminated residential soils within the Superfund site titled Washington County, MO. The assigned solicitation number is SOL-R7-14-00008.

This unique contract opportunity opened on July 8, 2014 and closes on August 13, 2014 at 1300 CDT.

This solicitation has been issued as a *Historically Underutilized Business Zone (HUBZone)Set-Aside Competition* with funds from the EPA Superfund Program. The contract will be a remedial action for lead-contaminated properties within the Washington County Lead District – Potosi, Old Mines and Richwoods areas. The selected remedy includes excavation and relocation of lead-contaminated materials (mine waste, soil, gravel, crushed rock, vegetation, root balls, deteriorated landscaping, etc.) from properties within the site and restoration of said properties. This remedial action will address the cleanup of approximately 450,000 tons of contaminated residential soil. The site is located in the southeast section of Missouri, approximately 70 miles south of St. Louis.

EPA anticipates issuing an award of an indefinite quantity with fixed unit prices contract with a three-year duration. The total estimated dollar value range is *$30 million to $35 million*. The bonding requirement will be *20%* of the respective award amount for the base contract period, and separately for each of the two optional contract periods.

You can easily *find the solicitation* and all mods at www.fedconnect.net. Click on “Search for Public Opps..”, then search using the default criteria “Title” by entering “Washington county”. The solicitation and all mods will appear. You can also search FBO.gov by the solicitation number and find a reference to the solicitation actually on fedconnet.net.

NOTE: Under section H-19 Utilization of FedConnect…, the solicitation explains “EPA will utilize the FedConnect® web portal in administering this contract. The contractor must be registered in FedConnect® and have access to the FedConnect website…”. At www.fedconnect.net, registration can be made at no charge. Further – section L-12 Electronic Submission… states “Electronic submission of proposals, bids, offers or quotes is required and shall only be accepted through the FedConnect web portal.”

NOTE: Under the evaluation factors for award, the solicitation states “The Government will make award to the offeror with the lowest-evaluated cost or price, whose proposal meets or exceeds the acceptability standards for non-cost factors.”

*** If your firm is certified by the Small Business Administration as a HUBZone company and you’re invited to come explore being a EPA prime contractor on this rare opportunity. You’ll find a variety of firms attending that are interested in being one of your subs.

*** If your firm is interested in exploring subcontracting opportunities, you’re invited to come meet and exchange information with a variety of HUBZone firms considering bidding as primes on this contract.

Either way, your attending this Pre-Bid Proposal should be extremely valuable! Information on this opportunity is also available through the Procurement Technical Assistance Centers, the Small Business Administration and various business development organizations. All potential HUBZone primes – and any and all potential subcontractors are being encouraged to attend!

Pre-Proposal Conference: JULY 23, 2014 – 10:00 AM

EPA Kansas City Regional Office

11201 Renner Blvd

Lenexa, KS 66219

The Conference will be held within the EPA Region 7 Offices. To gain entrance to this secure federal building, a personal photo identification will be required and a temporary ID Name Badge will be issued. All attendees must pass through an airport-type metal detector and weapons, tools, and certain metal items are not allowed. As you enter the facility grounds on the West side of the property, please use the marked Visitors Lot directly to the South of the Entrance Gate. After parking, please walk to and enter the main entrance. To help assure you sufficient time to access this federal facility, please allow at least 30 minutes.

You’re encouraged to submit your technical or contract administrative questions in advance of the Conference. *As explained in the solicitation, all advance questions must be submitted via the online site Fedconnect.net.* The deadline for questions is July 23 – to allow answers to be prepared and provided at the Conference. Yes, new questions will be welcomed at the Conference. However, following the end of the Conference, it’s possible that no additional questions will be accepted.

** You can request the DESIGN CD asap by emailing your Mailing Address (NO PO Boxes) to Project Officer Greg Bach at bach.greg. Only one CD per company.

EPA will provide a court stenographer to record the Conference proceedings, and a transcripts will be available online within several days. Make sure you use this opportunity to ask YOUR questions, and take notes on EPA answers to ALL the questions.

** To assure we have an adequate facility, please send an email to Contract Officer Tyrone Lewis at lewis.tyrone to let us know how many of your representatives are planning to attend.


1. You’ll hear EPA answers to all of the advance questions on the site, remediation design, and contract administrative requirements.

2. You’ll be able to ask your follow-up questions, and get immediate answers.

3. You’ll be able to get a valuable head start on working your response.

4. You’ll be able to meet various prospective primes and subs. So, bring your business cards!!

5. You’ll learn how our office does contracting – and why we’ve liked working with small businesses.

6. As an added bonus, you’ll hear about our other EPA remediation contracts forecasted for 2014.

We’re conducting this Pre-Proposal Conference to help YOUR firm learn about this unusual contract opportunity. So – come join us and get all of YOUR questions answered. Again, please let us know you’re coming.

Hope to See You in about two weeks on Wednesday, July 23rd!

Chester Stovall
Regional Coordinator, Small Business Programs
US Environmental Protection Agency – Region 7
11201 Renner Blvd, Lenexa, KS 66219
Phone: 913-551-7549
Fax: 913-551-9549

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July 11, 2014 at 6:15 pm

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