Youth Resource Connections March 2017 Edition

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Here is the March 2017 issue of Youth Resource Connections (YRC) published monthly by the Division of Youth Services (DYS), U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration. It is attached in “PDF” file format. If you cannot open the file, please contact DYS at (202) 693-3036. An electronic copy of the YRC will also be available on the Youth Connections Community of Practice: https://youth.workforcegps.org/.

If you have questions about the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration’s programs and services, please call 1-877-US2-JOBS for assistance.


City of Topeka Summer Youth Employment Program

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Attached is a flyer for summer youth employment program with the City of Topeka. Contact the person below if you have any questions.

Thank you,

Joy Renee Clark

HR Specialist

Recruitment & Onboarding

City of Topeka

(785) 368-2576



Small Business Development Resources – US SmallBiz

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Below you will find three templates created with Microsoft EXCEL to help create cash-flow statements for a small business.

Also included are two good documents that can help in the planning and/or marketing of a small business.

All the best to you in your business venture….

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Financial Cash Flow Generator.xls


startup funding and expenditures and info.xls

Marketing Plan Guide.pdf

home-based business planning.pdf

JEDO – East Topeka Learning Center Design RFI

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Background Information:

JEDO purchases space for an East Topeka Learning Center

Feb 8, 2017 – The JEDO board says this new learning center will pave the way for people in east Topeka to get post-secondary education.

East Topeka Learning Center – GoTopeka

At the Joint Economic Development Organization meeting on Feb. 9 community members shared how over the years there has been brainstorming, sharing, hoping and now finally the next step in developing the center. East Topeka Learning Center is envisioned as an impactful, education space for citizens to benefit from expanded educational opportunities in their own neighborhood.

StreetsU Summer Techpreneur WordCamp: June – July 2017 (Topeka, KS)

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In our business, it is important that we help create the next generation of WordPress builders. At our Techpreneur WordCamp we expose youth to web development by providing instruction on using the blogging platform WordPress. Youth with the enterprising spirit are offered the opportunity to learn how to generate an income from what they learn by creating profiles for pay by IBSA, Inc.

Students will learn how to login to our WordPress Site to create a profile for small businesses & nonprofits recruited as program sponsors. Our Techpreneur WordCamp is limited to 12 students age 14 – 16. (exceptions are negotiable)

Students will learn how to:
– navigate around a WordPress Dashboard
– how to add titles, business description, contact info
– add Google Maps and/or Update an Existing Google Map
– create & add categories and/or tags, add a YouTube Videos
– adding links to social media sites owned by the business owner
– use Cloud-based Apps & Extensions (mobile & desktop)

Enterprising students will be tasked to call and schedule onsite interviews with small businesses & nonprofits to gather information for the online profiles they are working on, or those of other students and to capture photos/video for their online profile. Interaction with our business clients allows our students to learn about different businesses & industries and how to communicate effectively with those outside their comfort zone, in a safe and structured environment; via email or in person.

Students wishing to continue on with the program after they complete our Summer Techpreneur WordCamp can join our permanent team and can earn an income creating profiles or short promotional videos for our small business sponsors throughout the year.

WordCamp Youth Participants Receive:
1) StreetsU T-Shirt
2) Flash Drive
3) Access to Chromebook or Desktop to Complete Assignments
4) Refreshments

Time Commitment:
2 days per week / 6+ weeks / Approx. 2hrs per Workshop

Academic Skills & Workplace Competencies:
Reading, Writing, Grammar & Punctuation Use,
Creative-thinking, Problem-solving, Critical-thinking
Research, Data/Information Analysis, Salesmanship
Work in a Cloud-based Environment Using Apps & Extensions

Streets University is a division of IBSA, Inc., and is not affiliated with any accredited educational institution or nonprofit, governing body or government agency. Courses are not approved for any federal loans.

Office: (913) 735-4272






Our Experiment in #SocialEnterprise…

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Yes, we want more Black businesses listed in our Ujamaa Club online directory, but more importantly is that we have some enterprising Black youth to sign them up; so we can pay them for their work, upgrading their communication skills and for their diligence to learning the practice of entrepreneurship.

Our flagship youth development initiative, Streets University exists to create that missing bridge between local business concerns, common cycles of commerce, and to do so by providing those with a desire to learn; the opportunity to earn a respectable income while learning a marketable skill. Unlike our agency’s humble beginnings in 1993, a lot has changed via computer technology; which now allow us to use the power of internet technology in ways that can truly empowers our neighborhoods like never before.

Our directory(s) weren’t created in 1995 to serve as a competition to other Black or other online business directories, but to serve as our own in-house learning tool (product/service) for youth that get involved in our tech/enterprise development income opportunity program. In time we anticipate that it will also serve as the primary source of revenue generated by our agency. #socialenterprise

The enterprising activities we have created through trial & error has produced a unique way to put money into the pockets of young people that have come through our doors; and we have done this for some time now. Over time, we find that compensating youth for doing the work they can do, opens their minds to learning more complex tasks, and also allows us to better task them to use tech skills that are in demand; and those which pays a decent amount of money.

Through year-long workshops, access to mentors/advisors, field trips, guest speakers, special projects and regular assignments… StreetsU is about gradually opening their minds up to other potential career possibilities; so that they are no longer conditioned to focus primarily on sports & entertainment, fast-food or low-wage/low-hour retail work.

IBSA, Inc. is a nonprofit organization established in 1993, so we are not new to this. As longstanding issues of social inequity become even more relevant today, we believe that now is the time for us to bring our formalized opportunity’s for youth enterprise development, tech instruction, community leadership and personal achievement to the larger set of young people still locked into impoverished cities across the nation.




2017 Neighborhood Resource Expo, Saturday, April 1st, 9AM-1PM

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Greetings Neighborhood Leaders,

The Department of Neighborhood Relations would like to extend an invitation for you to attend the 2017 Neighborhood Resource Expo. This event is a partnership between the Department of Neighborhood Relations, Shawnee County Parks & Recreation and the Zoo. The Expo will be held on Saturday, April 1 from 9AM to 1PM at Big Gage Shelter and the Topeka Zoo.

There will be a ton of information (50 agencies/organizations) available about the resources in our community to be used in future neighborhood newsletters, neighborhood door-to-door walk-n-talk’s or for specific neighbor/neighborhood needs. Participants that visit 10 booths will receive FREE entry into the zoo.

We look forward to seeing you at the 2017 Neighborhood Resource Expo.


To Greater Success,

Monique Y. Glaudeˊ

Division Director of Community Engagement

City of Topeka

Department of Neighborhood Relations

620 SE Madison, 1st floor

Topeka, KS 66607


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