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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NEW WIOA Youth Training and Employment Guidance Letter

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ETA Announces the Release of NEW Youth Training and Employment Guidance Letter!

The Employment and Training Administration released Training and Employment Guidance Letter (TEGL) 21-16– Third Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) Title I Youth Formula Program Guidance. It provides guidance and planning information to states, local workforce areas, and other recipients of WIOA Title I youth formula funds on the activities associated with the implementation of WIOA. To view TEGL 21-16, visit: https://wdr.doleta.gov/directives/corr_doc.cfm?DOCN=7159.

For more information on WIOA youth technical assistance resources visit: https://youth.workforcegps.org/.

WIOA – Determining Whether Youth are Living in a High Poverty Area

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The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) Title I Youth Program contains a new provision that allows for youth living in a high poverty area to automatically meet the low-income criterion that is one of the eligibility criteria for in-school youth, for some out-of-school youth in the WIOA youth program, and for youth in the Indian and Native American Supplemental Youth Program.

The WIOA regulations at 20 CFR § 681.260 define high-poverty areas as a Census tract, a set of contiguous Census tracts, an American Indian Reservation, Oklahoma Tribal Statistical Area (as defined by the U.S. Census Bureau), Alaska Native Village Statistical Area or Alaska Native Regional Corporation Area, Native Hawaiian Homeland Area, or other tribal land as defined by the Secretary in guidance or county that has a poverty rate of at least 25 percent as set every 5 years using American Community Survey 5-Year data.

The regulations at 20 CFR § 684.130 allow Indian and Native American grantees to use either the poverty rate of the total population or the poverty rate of Indian and Native Americans in determining whether the poverty rate of an area meets the 25 percent threshold.

All instructions will begin from the Census Bureau’s American Fact Finder homepage at www.FactFinder.Census.Gov or click https://factfinder.census.gov/faces/nav/jsf/pages/index.xhtml

Determining Whether Youth are Living in a High Poverty Area


WIOA Youth Service Elements – Entrepreneurial Skill Training, Support Services, Etc..

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Youth services, programs and activities funded under the Workforce Innovation & Opportunity Act (WIOA)

Program Element 12: Entrepreneurial skills training
20 CFR § 681.560 states this program element provides the basics of starting and operating a small business. Such training must develop the skills associated with entrepreneurship. Such skills may include, but are not limited to, the ability to:

• take initiative;
• creatively seek out and identify business opportunities;
• develop budgets and forecast resource needs;
• understand various options for acquiring capital and the trade-offs associated with each option; and
• communicate effectively and market oneself and one’s ideas.

Approaches to teaching youth entrepreneurial skills may include, but are not limited to:

(1) Entrepreneurship education that provides an introduction to the values and basics of starting and running a business. Entrepreneurship education programs often guide youth through the development of a business plan and also may include simulations of business start-up and operation.

(2) Enterprise development which provides supports and services that incubate and help youth develop their own businesses. Enterprise development programs go beyond entrepreneurship education by helping youth access small loans or grants that are needed to begin business operation and by providing more individualized attention to the development of viable business ideas.

(3) Experiential programs that provide youth with experience in the day-to-day operation of a business. These programs may involve the development of a youth-run business that young people participating in the program work in and manage. Or, they may facilitate placement in apprentice or internship positions with adult entrepreneurs in the community.

Program Element 10: Comprehensive guidance and counseling
20 CFR § 681.510 states that comprehensive guidance and counseling provides individualized counseling to participants. This includes drug and alcohol abuse counseling, mental health counseling, and referral to partner programs, as appropriate. When referring participants to necessary counseling that cannot be provided by the local youth program or its service providers, the local youth program must coordinate with the organization it refers to in order to ensure continuity of service. When resources exist within the local program or its service providers, it is allowable to provide counseling services directly to participants rather than refer youth to partner programs.

Program Element 6: Leadership development opportunities
20 CFR § 681.520 defines this program element as opportunities that encourage responsibility, confidence, employability, self-determination, and other positive social behaviors such as:

(a) exposure to postsecondary educational possibilities;
(b) community and service learning projects;
(c) peer-centered activities, including peer mentoring and tutoring;
(d) organizational and team work training, including team leadership training;
(e) training in decision-making, including determining priorities and problem solving;
(f) citizenship training, including life skills training such as parenting and work behavior training;
(g) civic engagement activities which promote the quality of life in a community; and
(h) other leadership activities that place youth in a leadership role such as serving on youth leadership committees, such as a Standing Youth Committee.​

​Program Element 7: Supportive services
20 CFR § 681.570 describes supportive services for youth as defined in WIOA Sec. 3(59), are services that enable an individual to participate in WIOA activities. These services include, but are not limited to, the following:

(a) linkages to community services;
(b) assistance with transportation;
(c) assistance with child care and dependent care;
(d) assistance with housing;
(e) needs-related payments;
(f) assistance with educational testing;
(g) reasonable accommodations for youth with disabilities;
(h) legal aid services;
(i) referrals to health care;
(j) assistance with uniforms or other appropriate work attire and work-related tools, including such items as eyeglasses and protective eye gear;
(k) assistance with books, fees, school supplies, and other necessary items for students enrolled in postsecondary education classes; and
(l) payments and fees for employment and training-related applications, tests, and certifications​

​Program Element 5: Education offered concurrently with workforce preparation and training for a specific occupation
20 CFR § 681.630 states that this program element reflects an integrated education and training model and describes how workforce preparation activities, basic academic skills, and hands-on occupational skills training are to be taught within the same time frame and connected to training in a specific occupation, occupational cluster, or career pathway. While programs developing basic academic skills, which are included as part of alternative secondary school services and dropout recovery services (program element 2), workforce preparation activities that occur as part of a work experience (program element 3), and occupational skills training (program element 4) can all occur separately and at different 18 times (and thus are counted under separate program elements), this program element refers to the concurrent delivery of these services which make up an integrated education and training model. ​



Transition Town Hall Announcement – Topeka Kansas

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You are receiving this email from the newly formed Transformers Coalition. Our goal is to transform access and awareness of services for youth and young adults with disabilities transitioning to gainful employment. We will be conducting Transition to Employment Town Halls across Kansas collecting information to identify successes and challenges youth and young adults with disabilities experience during the transition to employment.

Information from town hall meetings will be used to prepare a statewide resource guide and to design sessions for a future-dated Kansas Transition Conference.

Please help spread the word out about the Transition to Employment Town Hall meetings by sharing the attached important announcement on your website or listserv and distributing to youth, young adults, parents, family members, educators, providers, and other professionals.

Thank you.

^Members of the Transformers Coalition: Amerigroup Kansas, Autism Speaks, Cooper Consulting, Families Together, Great Plains ADA Center, Kansas Council on Developmental Disabilities, Kansas Dept. of Commerce, Kansas Dept. of Education, Kansas Dept. of Health & Environment, Kansas Rehabilitation Services, KANSASWORKS, Kansas Youth Empowerment Academy, Prairie Independent Living Resource Center, SILCK, Sunflower/Life Share and United Health Care.

Johnna Godinez Ms ED

KYEA Program Assistant

Kansas Youth Empowerment Academy (KYEA)


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Fax (785) 215-6699


"The privilege of a lifetime is being who you are." Joseph Campbell



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Senior Computer Classes in Topeka Kansas

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See the attached.

We have 5 openings left.

Kathy Votaw

Executive Director

Topeka Lulac Senior Center

1502 NE Seward Avenue

Topeka, Kansas 66616-1242

Office: 785-234-5809

Fax: 785-233-1828


Topeka – FastTrac NewVenture Course – March 7th

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​If you are interested in starting a new business, this program is for you. March 7 we will be kicking off the FastTrac NewVenture course. This course will help you kick off your new business to ensure you take the right steps to be successful. Contact Mary Ann at 785.231.6000 to enroll.​

Topeka Entrepreneurs is an initiative by GO Topeka’s Entrepreneurial and Minority Business Development (EMBD) that aims to support the growing entrepreneurial community in the Topeka and Shawnee County, Kansas, area. We hope to be able to connect, educate, and inspire local entrepreneurs and small business owners by creating a community specific to their needs.

No membership to any group or organization is required to participate in this forum or any activities/events. We welcome ALL entrepreneurs, small business owners, aspiring entrepreneurs, and entrepreneur/small business supporters. Join us!

Information on GO Topeka’s EMBD:

The Purpose of Entrepreneurial & Minority Business Development funding program is to increase the accessibility, visibility and viability of entrepreneurialism and small business growth for M&WBD defined entrepreneurs in the community and to promote economic development, recruit and job creation in Topeka and Shawnee County for qualified persons.

The Entrepreneurial & Minority Business Development provides assistance and programs to empower small, low- to moderate-income, minority and women-owned business enterprises with the knowledge and resources to build wealth and contribute to the economic betterment of Topeka and Shawnee County.