BroadbandUSA’s October Webinar – What is Digital Inclusion? Wednesday 10/19 REGISTER NOW!

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BroadbandUSA’s webinar to explore digital inclusion and broadband adoption.

BroadbandUSA Webinar Series

Topic: What is Digital Inclusion?

Date: Wednesday, October 19 from 2:00-3:00 p.m., Eastern Time.

Overview: Join experts from the field to hear how the definitions of “digital inclusion” and “digital equity” have evolved over time. While access to affordable robust broadband is important, people also need digital skills, access to computers and other Internet devices, and knowledge of useful applications and content in order to fully benefit from Internet access. Our presenters Emy Tseng, Broadband Program Specialist, BroadbandUSA and Dr. Roberto Gallardo Estrella, Associate Extension Professor & Leader, Intelligent Community Institute, Mississippi State University Extension will highlight some of their own digital inclusion work and discuss examples of digital inclusion programs.

Roberto Gallardo is an associate Extension professor with the Mississippi State University Extension Service. Roberto spearheads the efforts of the Mississippi State University Extension Intelligent Community Institute that helps rural communities transition to, plan for, and prosper in the digital age. He work in local and regional community economic development, including use of technology. He holds an engineering degree from the University of the Americas in Mexico, a master’s degree in economic development from the University of Southern Mississippi, and a PhD in public policy and administration from Mississippi State University.

Emy Tseng is a Broadband Program Specialist with the BroadbandUSA program at NTIA. Emy provides technical assistance to communities to help further broadband access, adoption and digital inclusion throughout the U.S. Emy is also an Affiliate with the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University where she focuses on Inclusive Innovation – how marginalized communities adopt, adapt and shape technology. Previous to NTIA, Emy was the Director of Digital Inclusion for the City of San Francisco. Emy has a math/physics degree from Brown University and a master’s degree in Technology and Policy from MIT.

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BroadbandUSA Monthly Webinar Series: How Does Broadband Contribute to Economic Development?

Register now for November 16 from 2:00-3:00 p.m., Eastern Time.

Please pre-register for each webinar. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

​Women’s Fund is pleased to announce an ADDITIONAL NEW grant initiative

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The Women’s Fund is pleased to announce an ADDITIONAL NEW grant initiative: Mental Health Programs/Projects Which Serve Women and/or Girls in Shawnee County.

If you have a program idea and are interested in learning more about this grant opportunity, please note that a one-on-one session is required prior to submitting a proposal. These sessions with Grant Committee Chair Jane Patrick and Women’s Fund Board Chair Linda Jeffrey will allow you to learn more about The Women’s Fund and our new initiative and help determine whether your project is compatible.

These sessions will be held at the Topeka Community Foundation office, 5431 SW 29th Street on Tuesday, October 25th beginning at 9:00 AM. Each session will last 20 minutes and you should be prepared to present your project idea in that amount of time.

A formal Request for Proposal will be issued in October 2016 after the mandatory one-on-one sessions are completed.

Please contact the Topeka Community Foundation at 785-272-4804 to schedule the one-on-one session.

Thanks so much!


The Topeka Women’s Fund is a donor-advised fund of the Topeka Community Foundation. The goals of The Women’s Fund are to create a new pool of funds from women interested in becoming philanthropists through the power of collective grantmaking and to prepare the next generation of philanthropists.

MARC Training | The “Dos” and “Don’ts” of Grant Writing

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This is a Workforce Development course. Please share this workshop information with others that have interest in the subject or would benefit from this training. Thank you!

Introduction to Grant Writing
Class Category: Workforce Development

Date/Time: Fridays, October 28th and November 4th, 9-11:30 am
Location: Mid-America Regional Council Conference Center
Fees: GTI Member – $194, Non-member – $229 and Non-Profit – $115

Register Now!

This two-part workshop will cover the basics of grant writing and give you the opportunity to write a proposal and have it reviewed and discussed during the second session.

You will learn how to distinguish your grant proposal from others, basic "dos" and "don’ts," common grant writing components, evaluation techniques and general tips for writing better, more successful grants.

Instructor LaDene Morton has been providing technical and project management services to Kansas City nonprofits and public sector agencies for the past 30 years. Morton has helped prepare dozens of successful grant and bid proposals. She earned a Master of Public Administration from the University of Kansas and is a published author and member of Kansas City’s Writer’s Place.

Beverly Wilson | GTI Registrar | Mid-America Regional Council
600 Broadway, Suite 200, Kansas City, MO 64105-1659
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Advocacy Series Press Release

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Topeka, Kan. – CRC will partner with YWCA of NE Kansas for an innovative new event. The Advocacy Series will consist of three half-day events featuring continental breakfast, knowledgeable educators, advocacy basics, and specialized government information.

November 2nd starting at 8:00 a.m., a continental breakfast will be provided, Kansas Action for Children will be holding the first session on advocacy basics at the YWCA (225 SW 12th). The focus will be centered on non-profits and how they would get involved, the difference between advocacy and lobbying, and the skills the staff need to advocate.

There will be a short 30-minute networking snack break at 9:30 a.m., then the session will resume at 10:00 a.m. with Chris Keshaun educating on how storytelling is an effective tool and how to tell a story through advocacy. The day will end with a wrap-up and Q&A at 11:30 a.m. till noon.

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Advocacy Training Press Release.pdf

Funding Opportunities for Youth Programs & Activities

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The following grants and funding opportunities are currently accepting applicants. These grants are not offered through America’s Promise Alliance, but they each relate to our Five Promises. If you have questions about these opportunities, please follow the links provided in each item.

Source: Funding Opportunities

As of Oct 6, 2016

Law at the Library – Topeka KS

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Free legal document preparation for adults aged 60+

Monday, October 17 | 1pm- 4pm | Marvin Auditorium 101BC

Have you considered who will make medical and personal decisions on your behalf if you should become incapacitated? Come to Law at the Library to find out more about the importance of advance directives and estate planning basics. A thirty minute informational program will be held at 1 p.m., followed by an opportunity to have advance directive legal documents drafted for FREE! Kansas Legal Services staff will be available to meet with community members age 60+. Legal documents such as powers of attorney and living wills can be prepared on site.

Take advantage of this great opportunity. Documents that can be prepared for free include:

Financial Power of Attorney

Health Care Power of Attorney

Living Will

*Assistance provided on a first come, first served basis. Individuals will be required to complete a short application form prior to meeting with an attorney.

Provided by Kansas Legal Services with funding from the Shawnee County Advocacy Council on Aging in conjunction with the Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library.

For additional information, please contact:

Allison Berndsen, Elder Law Project | Kansas Legal Services | 785 354-8531

Nate Hohl, Librarian, Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library | 785 580-4662

Law at the Library Flyer – Oct 17.pdf

16th Annual Kansas Workforce Summit Agenda Item – Criminal Records in Employment

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16th Annual Kansas Workforce Summit Agenda Item Confirmed!

Criminal Records in Employment: Challenges and Opportunities

Lewis Maltby, President, National Workrights Institute, and Roberta Meyers, Director, Legal Action Center’s National H.I.R.E. Network, will discuss 15 employer-friendly best practices recognized by the United States Department of Justice that have widespread support in the business community to address the new and challenging landscape employers face today in dealing with criminal records. The number of Americans with a criminal record now exceeds 70 million, making it almost impossible for employers to exclude them as a potential source of employees. Excluding all applicants with a record also carries potential liability under Title VII, but employers who hire applicants with records face potential liability for negligent hiring.

REGISTER TODAY if you haven’t already!!


Print and complete the registration form TODAY and submit with payment.

Exhibit registrations also being taken!

Complete the Exhibit Space Reservation Form to lock in your space TODAY!

If you have already registered, be certain to reserve your room at the Capitol Plaza Hotel, 1717 SW Topeka Blvd., Topeka, Kansas, 785-431-7200. Be sure to ask for the Kansas Workforce Summit block.

Visit for complete information or call 620-227-8082.