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Grant Opportunity: Youth Opportunity Fund

This week the Citi Foundation and America’s Promise Alliance launched the Youth Opportunity Fund, a new component of the Citi Foundation’s Pathways to Progress initiative. This $3 million grant fund seeks to support innovative programs that prepare low-income youth, ages 16 to 24, for lifelong success.

Given your organization’s commitment to youth economic opportunity, we invite you to submit an idea for consideration or help us spread the word to your networks.

The Youth Opportunity Fund will award one-year grants up to $250,000 to nonprofits in 10 major U.S. cities: Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles, Miami, Newark, New York City, St. Louis, San Francisco and Washington, D.C.

We’re investing in nonprofits that partner with municipal governments, leverage technology, collaborate across key sectors, and serve as models for replication and scalability.

The Youth Opportunity Fund builds on the Citi Foundation’s Pathways to Progress initiative – a three-year $50 million commitment to give 100,000 low-income youth in the United States the opportunity to develop the workplace skills and leadership experience necessary to compete in a 21st century economy.

For more information about the Youth Opportunity Fund and to submit your program idea please visit the America’s Promise website
.  The deadline for submissions is May 22, 2015.

Written by ibsa

April 24, 2015 at 10:48 am

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Work for Success Program – Topeka

Do you know someone who is a dad and needs a job?

It doesn’t matter how old their kids are, and they don’t have to have a child support order to participate in the Work for Success Program.


Deb Dolsky
Program Coordinator
Work for Success Program
Mirror, Inc.
455 SE Golf Park Boulevard
Topeka, KS 66605

Work For Success.doc

Written by ibsa

April 2, 2015 at 3:48 pm

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Request for Proposal: Economic Develpment Analysis for Topeka/Shawnee County KS

​This Request for Proposal is a courtesy bid for the Topeka/Shawnee County Joint Economic Development Organization (JEDO). The intent is to solict competitive proposals from qualified firms to provide an in-depth analysis of JEDO’s Economic Development program and to include recommendations as set forth in the scope of work. ​The deadline for proposal submissions is April 21 at 2 pm.




Written by ibsa

April 1, 2015 at 8:04 pm

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Join us for GIGHACKS, a Multi-city Hackathon May 1-3 at the Google Fiber Space

KC Digital Drive Continues Quest to Build the Future in Kansas City with GigHacks, A Multi-City Hackathon June 1-3 at Google Fiber

GigHacks is the third in a series of hackathons designed to get Kansas City developers, designers, dreamers and doers building for the future Internet. It will be held May 1-3, 2015, at the Google Fiber Space (1814 Westport Road). Participation is free, but some teams will be formed and projects identified prior to the event. Participants who want to start gearing up should register online and join one of our weekly phone calls on Wednesdays in April, beginning today, April 1.

GigHacks was created to kick off the gigabit age and expand the gigabit app ecosystem already established in Kansas City. Participants are encouraged to work on projects that will explore the benefits of ultrafast fiber broadband. These applications can create jobs, improve lives and allow us to do more through next-generation features like realtime collaboration, high-level responsiveness, lifelike resolution, and always-on connectivity.

At previous KC Digital Drive hackathons, hundreds of participants formed teams to explore the benefits of gigabit broadband in areas including healthcare, education, public safety, IoT, gaming and more. In a few cases, teams have ended up forming real-world startups. Examples include the 3D architecture and urban planning company PlanItImpact, the telepsychology provider Talk2Me, and the Software Lending Library project with the Kansas City Public Library.

GigHacks extends this innovative momentum nationwide. The 72-hour event will be held in four cities, including San Francisco, CA, Kansas City, MO, Chattanooga, TN, and Burlington, VT. While each city will host its own unique event, they will be linked to one another via video network to support shared app development. Technical resources available for participants to use include two full HD 360-degree Giroptic cameras, two Kubi telepresence robots, plus the opportunity to build on the realtime app platform Big Bang.

GigHacks is organized by KC Digital Drive, Orange Silicon Valley, US Ignite, Mozilla Gigabit Community Fund, the Chattanooga Public Library’s GigLab, and BTV Ignite.

How Do I Join?

Teams are being formed now, so whether you have a fully formed idea to bring or simply want to jump on a team, register on ChallengePost and join the weekly chat. Calls are open to the public and will be held April 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29. Call-in number: 800-707-2533 / Password: 369 / Conference: 7667#

About the Organizer

KC Digital Drive is a nonprofit organization working to make Kansas City a digital leader. We are dedicated to improving the quality of life and economic prosperity of people in the KC region through the smart and creative use of next-generation technology networks, human capital, and open innovation. Our strategic focus areas include ensuring digital inclusion, expanding economic development, powering next-generation innovation, and establishing Kansas City as a leader in smart-city dialog and implementation.

Copyright © 2015 KC Digital Drive, All rights reserved.
You are receiving this because you attended an event or expressed interest in KC Digital Drive.

Our mailing address is:
KC Digital Drive111 W 10th St
Kansas City, MO 64114

​Contact: Jason F. Harper
KC Digital Drive Communications Director
Relevant link: KCDigitalDrive.org

Written by ibsa

April 1, 2015 at 9:07 am

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CLASP’s webinar on March 24th, WIOA: Expanding Opportunities for Low-Income and Out-of-School Youth

CLASP’s webinar on March 24th, WIOA: Expanding Opportunities for Low-Income and Out-of-School Youth.  Below, please find links to the video presentation, PowerPoint slides and additional materials relating to strategies for engaging low-income and out-of-school youth.

Recording of Presentation 

Presentation Slides


Commonwealth Corporation

Full Employment Council

In the coming weeks, detailed answers to the frequently asked questions will be circulated. In the meantime, feel free to contact CLASP staff or any of the panelists from the webinar with immediate questions.


Kisha Bird, Director of Youth Policy, kbird@clasp.org

Susan Lange, Vice President of Youth Pathways, Commonwealth Corporation,slange@commcorp.org
Clyde McQueen, President & CEO, Full Employment Council, cmcqueen@feckc.org
Warm Regards,
CLASP’s Youth Team

Written by ibsa

March 27, 2015 at 1:11 pm

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Start fresh for Spring with Tradebank

Findables Resale Shop

Midland Hospice

Gage Shopping Center
Huntoon and Gage
Topeka, Ks. 66604

For all your spring wear, Come to Findables…. They have clothing, shoes, belts, and jewelry, plus much, much more!!! Tell them your in Tradebank and receive a discount on your purchases. Shopping at Findables helps Midland Hospice as well.
Where else can you go spend for a good cause.

How many Birthday’s or Special Occasions do you have this year. call and get on the Books early so you have your special cake or cup cakes in time for your event.
Call Lee (785) 408-4016 or email her at confectionarydisasters
Clean your car or Truck up at Rockstar Auto Detailing.
Give a gift of a clean vehicle
Gift certificates are available in denominations of $50, $75, and $200

Call Trevon for an appointment

Copyright © 2015 Tradebank of Topeka, All rights reserved.

Written by ibsa

March 19, 2015 at 2:36 pm

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Upcoming event presented by HVF Youth Photographers and Community Partners‏

Heavenly Visions Foundation Youth Photography Program

In partnership with

Brown V. Board of Education Historic Site, Parrish Management Corporation, KTWU, GO Topeka Entrepreneurial & Minority Business Development and the Kansas African American Affairs Commission (KAAAC),

Present to Topeka


Performed by members of

The Greater Kansas City/Leavenworth Area Chapter of the Buffalo Soldiers

Saturday-March 28, 2015

2:00pm – 3:30pm

Downtown Ramada Hotel and Convention Center

420 SE 6th Avenue

Topeka, Kansas 66607

This event is free to the public

To RSVP….call 785 608-3291

Deadline to RSVP is Friday-March 27, 2015

Flyer for GKCLAC of Buffalo Soldier Fiddlers Green.pdf

Written by ibsa

March 3, 2015 at 12:06 pm

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