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Washburn Law sets free legal clinics for veterans

Veterans or their family members who need legal help on matters of wills, living wills and durable powers of attorney can receive free help at two upcoming clinics sponsored by the Washburn University School of Law.

Two Veterans Legal Assistance Clinics are scheduled on Saturday mornings, Feb. 28 and March 28, from 9 a.m. to noon at the law school, 1700 S.W. College.

The clinic for veterans or families of those with military service will be staffed by Washburn Law students working without charge under the supervision of faculty members. Those seeking assistance will undergo an initial screening before meeting with upper-level students who have been certified by the Kansas Supreme Court to be legal interns at the school’s Law Clinic.

Veterans or their family members are asked to bring proof of military connection and must meet financial eligibility requirements. Information about eligibility can be obtained by calling (785).670-1191.

Written by ibsa

February 19, 2015 at 3:54 pm

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UPDATE ON YOUTHBUILD in the FEDERAL BUDGET

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Dear Friend of YouthBuild:

I want to share with you good news on the re-authorization of YouthBuild, recent federal appropriations for YouthBuild in the US Department of Labor, steadily increasing outcomes for funded YouthBuild programs, and bi-partisan validation that bodes well for the future.

Reauthorization: First, as you may already know, the US Congress reauthorized YouthBuild in federal law through a bi-partisan bill called the Workforce Innovations and Opportunity Act (WIOA) that passed in the summer of 2014. We had to fight for this for three years. Our friends in Congress, on both sides of the aisle, led by Senators Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), Patty Murray (D-WA), and Tom Harkin (D-IO) in the Senate and by

Representatives Hal Rogers (R-KY), and Buck McKeon (R-CA) in the House, successfully advocated for YouthBuild in the face of pressure to eliminate many federal programs. This is a big deal and we let out a deep sigh of relief and shouted with joy when this bill passed.

Recent Appropriations: Building on this, for the current Fiscal Year 2015 the US Congress approved an appropriation to the US Department of Labor for the federal YouthBuild program of $79.7M, up 2.3% from 2014. This also happened with the help of the above named champions and many others. Remember that in 2011 DOL’s YouthBuild program suffered a 37% cut due to the focus of the House on lowering the deficit. This caused the tragic and damaging loss of funding for many local YouthBuild

programs.

But by 2013 enough members of the House had changed their minds as a result of visiting local YouthBuild programs and talking with YouthBuild students, hearing their desire to rebuild their lives and seeing the homes they had produced, that the House actually bumped the recommended YouthBuild appropriation up above the Senate’s number and up above President Obama’s budget request for that year. This was still substantially lower than the 2010 level of $127.5M, but at least it was going in the right direction. Going into the current appropriations cycle, we continue to expand this

firsthand knowledge of YouthBuild by inviting Members of Congress and their staff members to visit local programs.

The Funding System: I believe you know, but I will repeat it here just in case you don’t: the federal YouthBuild appropriation does not come to or through YouthBuild USA. It goes to the US Department of Labor (DOL), which runs a competitive process through which any interested local non-profit or public entity can apply directly to DOL for a grant of up to $1.1M to run a full YouthBuild program for 2 years plus 9 months of follow-up. YouthBuild USA plays no role in the selection of

those grantees. DOL aims to select the highest quality programs with the best outcomes in the communities of greatest need. DOL contracts with YouthBuild USA to assist in ensuring the high quality of these grantees. YouthBuild USA must compete for this privilege every few years. YouthBuild USA also independently raises private funds and additional public funds for innovative programmatic enhancements in local programs that DOL assesses and builds into the federal system if they prove successful.

Outcomes: All the outcome measures for YouthBuild programs funded by the US Department of Labor have gone steadily up over the past seven years. In the most recent cycle, 77% of all participants completed the program and 77% of all participants also earned a high school diploma or its equivalent and/or an industry registered certification during their time in YouthBuild. 61% of all participants were placed in jobs and/or college after an average of ten months full-time participation.

Only 9% of those who were court-involved were convicted of a new crime within a year of joining YouthBuild. Knowing that YouthBuild enrollees are all low-income, that 93% had left high school without a diploma, and about one third had been court involved, I’m sure you will agree that these outcomes represent huge success.

Bipartisan Validation: Because of these strong outcomes and consistent positive research results,YouthBuild was featured in the 2014 book: “Moneyball for Government,” edited by Jim Nussle and Peter Orszag, both former directors of the federal Office of Management and Budget. The bipartisan team of authors asks policy makers to base decisions on data and to focus on what works. They highlighted YouthBuild as an example of “moneyball at work,” citing evidence and outcomes that merit further investment and scaling up.

Imagine: If America could reconnect 61% of our unemployed and under-educated low-income young adults to a productive pathway out of poverty we would have a very different nation. This can be done. It depends entirely on the political will. The resources and the knowledge exist. We have the knowledge. The nation has the resources. Employers have the need. The young people have the desire and the talent to make a major contribution if we could persuade our leaders to

invest in them. Three times more young people apply to YouthBuild than can be accepted due to funding constraints and twice as many communities apply to the Department of Labor each year than DOL can fund. We are shutting the door to social mobility on tens of thousands of young men and women who just want a chance to achieve.

FY ‘16 Appropriation: President Obama’s budget for FY’16 proposes another incremental increase to the YouthBuild appropriation, up to $84.5M, a 7% increase. Senator Gillibrand had written to him to request $130M. In the next few critical months, we will be working in Congress to obtain as large an increase as possible.

Thank you for being an ally who will help build political will to reconnect all of America’s low-income youth to education and employment, service and leadership. There is still hope for a better America that will provide opportunity and responsibility for all, love and community for every person born. We will continue to work toward this vision.

Warm regards,

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Dorothy Stoneman

CEO and Founder

YouthBuild USA. Inc.

58 Day St., 4th Floor

Somerville, MA 02144
(617) 741 – 1224 – Direct
(617) 623-6294 – Fax
www.YouthBuild.org

Written by ibsa

February 19, 2015 at 11:51 am

Posted in Uncategorized

UPDATE ON YOUTHBUILD in the FEDERAL BUDGET

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Dear Friend of YouthBuild:

I want to share with you good news on the re-authorization of YouthBuild, recent federal appropriations for YouthBuild in the US Department of Labor, steadily increasing outcomes for funded YouthBuild programs, and bi-partisan validation that bodes well for the future.

Reauthorization: First, as you may already know, the US Congress reauthorized YouthBuild in federal law through a bi-partisan bill called the Workforce Innovations and Opportunity Act (WIOA) that passed in the summer of 2014. We had to fight for this for three years. Our friends in Congress, on both sides of the aisle, led by Senators Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), Patty Murray (D-WA), and Tom Harkin (D-IO) in the Senate and by

Representatives Hal Rogers (R-KY), and Buck McKeon (R-CA) in the House, successfully advocated for YouthBuild in the face of pressure to eliminate many federal programs. This is a big deal and we let out a deep sigh of relief and shouted with joy when this bill passed.

Recent Appropriations: Building on this, for the current Fiscal Year 2015 the US Congress approved an appropriation to the US Department of Labor for the federal YouthBuild program of $79.7M, up 2.3% from 2014. This also happened with the help of the above named champions and many others. Remember that in 2011 DOL’s YouthBuild program suffered a 37% cut due to the focus of the House on lowering the deficit. This caused the tragic and damaging loss of funding for many local YouthBuild

programs.

But by 2013 enough members of the House had changed their minds as a result of visiting local YouthBuild programs and talking with YouthBuild students, hearing their desire to rebuild their lives and seeing the homes they had produced, that the House actually bumped the recommended YouthBuild appropriation up above the Senate’s number and up above President Obama’s budget request for that year. This was still substantially lower than the 2010 level of $127.5M, but at least it was going in the right direction. Going into the current appropriations cycle, we continue to expand this

firsthand knowledge of YouthBuild by inviting Members of Congress and their staff members to visit local programs.

The Funding System: I believe you know, but I will repeat it here just in case you don’t: the federal YouthBuild appropriation does not come to or through YouthBuild USA. It goes to the US Department of Labor (DOL), which runs a competitive process through which any interested local non-profit or public entity can apply directly to DOL for a grant of up to $1.1M to run a full YouthBuild program for 2 years plus 9 months of follow-up. YouthBuild USA plays no role in the selection of

those grantees. DOL aims to select the highest quality programs with the best outcomes in the communities of greatest need. DOL contracts with YouthBuild USA to assist in ensuring the high quality of these grantees. YouthBuild USA must compete for this privilege every few years. YouthBuild USA also independently raises private funds and additional public funds for innovative programmatic enhancements in local programs that DOL assesses and builds into the federal system if they prove successful.

Outcomes: All the outcome measures for YouthBuild programs funded by the US Department of Labor have gone steadily up over the past seven years. In the most recent cycle, 77% of all participants completed the program and 77% of all participants also earned a high school diploma or its equivalent and/or an industry registered certification during their time in YouthBuild. 61% of all participants were placed in jobs and/or college after an average of ten months full-time participation.

Only 9% of those who were court-involved were convicted of a new crime within a year of joining YouthBuild. Knowing that YouthBuild enrollees are all low-income, that 93% had left high school without a diploma, and about one third had been court involved, I’m sure you will agree that these outcomes represent huge success.

Bipartisan Validation: Because of these strong outcomes and consistent positive research results,YouthBuild was featured in the 2014 book: “Moneyball for Government,” edited by Jim Nussle and Peter Orszag, both former directors of the federal Office of Management and Budget. The bipartisan team of authors asks policy makers to base decisions on data and to focus on what works. They highlighted YouthBuild as an example of “moneyball at work,” citing evidence and outcomes that merit further investment and scaling up.

Imagine: If America could reconnect 61% of our unemployed and under-educated low-income young adults to a productive pathway out of poverty we would have a very different nation. This can be done. It depends entirely on the political will. The resources and the knowledge exist. We have the knowledge. The nation has the resources. Employers have the need. The young people have the desire and the talent to make a major contribution if we could persuade our leaders to

invest in them. Three times more young people apply to YouthBuild than can be accepted due to funding constraints and twice as many communities apply to the Department of Labor each year than DOL can fund. We are shutting the door to social mobility on tens of thousands of young men and women who just want a chance to achieve.

FY ‘16 Appropriation: President Obama’s budget for FY’16 proposes another incremental increase to the YouthBuild appropriation, up to $84.5M, a 7% increase. Senator Gillibrand had written to him to request $130M. In the next few critical months, we will be working in Congress to obtain as large an increase as possible.

Thank you for being an ally who will help build political will to reconnect all of America’s low-income youth to education and employment, service and leadership. There is still hope for a better America that will provide opportunity and responsibility for all, love and community for every person born. We will continue to work toward this vision.

Warm regards,

ds-sig.gif

Dorothy Stoneman

CEO and Founder

YouthBuild USA. Inc.

58 Day St., 4th Floor

Somerville, MA 02144
(617) 741 – 1224 – Direct
(617) 623-6294 – Fax
www.YouthBuild.org

Written by ibsa

February 19, 2015 at 11:51 am

Posted in Uncategorized

Mardi Gras Fundraiser at Central Park for HVF Youth Photographers

Come out and support the

Heavenly Visions Foundation Youth Photographers

at their

Annual Mardi Gras Fundraiser and Gumbo Contest

Tomorrow-February 17, 2015 from 5pm-8pm

Central Park Community Center

1534 SW Clay Street

Topeka, KS

Come out and enjoy zydeco music played by DJ “Doc”

Our house gumbo, king cake and fruit punch available for $5.00

Tickets will be available at the door for the Gumbo Tasting Contest

The winner of the Chance Drawing for a

Resort Vacation valued at $805.00 will also be revealed

Written by ibsa

February 16, 2015 at 2:06 pm

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City of Topeka Emergency Repair & Accessibility Program

Very important information to save on repair costs for the low-income elderly and disabled. See the attached flyers.

Emergency Repair Flyer_2.pdf

Accessibility Program Flyer_2.pdf

Written by ibsa

February 16, 2015 at 1:00 pm

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KCDD Newsletter: Report from the Gigabit City Summit, Introducing Our New Website, a Hackathon Born Startup & More

If you click through any of the links in this newsletter, you’ll likely find yourself at the brand-new, spiffy, shiny and very civic-y kcdigitaldrive.org website. As part of our promise to drive "technology solutions for a better Kansas City," we of course had to turn to our own tech. And so, thanks to the generous support of Google Fiber, we have taken the Mayors’ Bistate Innovations Team Playbook and adapted it for a digital community. Within its Project pages, we’ll be documenting the hard work people like you are doing to make KC better through technology. So take a look around, bookmark it, and drop us feedback on the Contact page. We want this website to be a useful tool for you, the real digital drivers of Kansas City.

Sincerely,
Jason Harper
Communications Director
KC Digital Drive

Featured Stories

More than 200 Delegates from 49 Cities Turn Out for the Gigabit City Summit
KANSAS CITY LEADS THE CONNECTED CITY DISCUSSION
The two Kansas City mayors, Sly James and Mark Holland, kicked off the Gigabit City Summit last Tuesday at the UMKC Bloch Executive Hall. Two-and-a-half days of inspiring discussion ensued, bringing together civic leaders from 49 cities across the country. Midway through the event, the proceedings paused for President Obama to deliver his speech on creating more broadband equality in the nation — a concept many in the audience applauded. It was exciting to see Kansas City take center stage in the growing movement to get more cities equipped with broadband. Relive the experience at the links below.

Check out our own coverage of the event:

Gigabit City Summit in the media:

Hackathon-Born Telehealth App Enters the Startup Scene
TALK2ME CONNECTS ACROSS THE GIG
Mark Nolte wasn’t sure what he was getting into when he walked into our Hacking the Gigabit City event two Decembers ago. What he got out of it was a startup of gigabit proportions. Talk2Me, an online therapy tool, recently entered Sparklab and is poised to change the way we get help.
READ MORE
Help Wanted: Build an App to Map Community Projects
JAN. 31 AT THE KAUFFMAN FOUNDATION
The Community Capital Fund is seeking volunteers to work with the Code for America – KC Brigade and members of the community to create a digital tool that maps community development projects. This will take place at the Third Annual Community Development Workshop. Volunteers will collect information on community projects submitted by Workshop attendees, facilitate a table discussion, and enter project information into the online mapping form. No coding skills needed! LEARN MORE

Gigabit Insights

A tiny Oregon city has already built its own gigabit Internet

Gigabit City Summit attendee Skip Newberry, president of the Oregon Technology Association, tells the story of the highspeed municipal broadband network built eight years ago by the communities of Independence and Monmouth. (Portland Business Journal)

Wicked Games

In KC, we’ve got Google Fiber, AT&T, Consolidated Communications and LiNKCity lined up to give us fiber. But what about Lawrence? The Pitch takes an investigative look at the struggle between two ultra-small carriers to bring ultra-fast broadband to Jayhawkland.

Community Notes

  • Startup Weekend EDU starts today! Last-minute tickets are available for those who want to participate in building apps to better education. Or for those excited to see what comes out of #KCSWEDU, Sunday Demo Day tickets are only $5.
  • What can your old PC do for a Kansas City family? There’s never been a better time todonate your old computer. Connecting for Good sells low-cost, refurbished PCs to local families across the digital divide. The cost to them is a manageable $75 plus a couple of computer classes to get them on their way to becoming digital citizens.
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January 26, 2015 at 12:22 pm

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Applications Open for the CBMA Accelerator!

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Apply (or Nominate a Leader) to Become a Black Male Achievement Innovator!
As part of the Campaign for Black Male Achievement’s official re-launch activities focused on building a beloved community for black men and boys, the Social Innovation Accelerator is launching its 2015 application process for the next cohort of Black Male Achievement (BMA) Innovators!
A Black Male Achievement Innovator is a leader whose organization exemplifies the pursuit of high performance that leads to tangible results in improving the life outcomes of black men and boys and who has the passion and potential to increase his/her local and national leadership.

For the 2015-2016 cohort, the Accelerator is launching a national and local (Detroit) search:

  • A NATIONAL search for leaders nationwide who are working to impact policy, advocacy, strategic communications/messaging, and research​
  • A LOCAL search for leaders in Detroit conducting work in the areas of education, work, health, family, safety, and strategic communications/messaging
    • Activities can include: direct service, advocacy (public policy, community organizing, etc.), providing funding, research, strategic communications/messaging, managing a network, etc

We are looking for organizations that have evidence of effectiveness, models on the verge of being scaled/spread, potential to affect systemic change, and aspirations to build regional/national reputation.

What BMA Innovators Get
As part of the cohort, BMA Innovators receive over $150,000 in services over 12 months, including one-on-one consulting and coaching to articulate their goals, strengthen their communications for fundraising and sustainability, and have opportunities to be showcased to funders. Alumni receive an additional 12 months of ongoing check-ins to track progress against goals.
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ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS NOW!
Informational Webinar #1
Feb 5, 12:30–1:30 pm EST
Hosted via ReadyTalk
To RSVP, please email accelerator

Informational Webinar #2
Feb 17, 12:30–1:30 pm EST
Hosted via ReadyTalk
To RSVP, please email accelerator

Informational Webinar #3
Feb 25, 12:30–1:30 pm EST
Hosted via ReadyTalk
To RSVP, please email accelerator

Please email Prathama Nabi at pnabi with any questions.

The Campaign for Black Male Achievement is a national membership network that seeks to ensure the growth, sustainability, and impact of leaders and organizations committed to improving the life outcomes of black men and boys through systemic change.

Written by ibsa

January 20, 2015 at 1:34 pm

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