Friday, October 24, 2014

Job-Driven Training and Building Economic Self-Sufficiency

Ready to Work: Job-Driven Training and American Opportunity, July 2014 

The White House released a report that outlines White House Administration efforts to support, expand, and create job training programs around the country that will provide workers with the skills they need to fill available jobs.

Building Economic Self-Sufficiency, September 2014 

The Institute for Research on Poverty released a policy brief that explores additional ways to encourage self-sufficiency and well-being among vulnerable families beyond employment. Authors of the brief highlight training and education systems, information and incentives for community colleges, and on-the-job training at the secondary school level as potential cost-effective ways to build skills and earnings among this demographic.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Better Detroit Youth Movement - Media Release

October 17, 2014


Rae Glover, Co-Director
The Better Detroit Youth Movement
Phone: 248.760.4814 / Fax: 313.342.6324


Detroit, Michigan –The Better Detroit Youth Movement will be recognized by The 

Detroit City Council for" outstanding work" on its annual scholarship fair. The 

recognition ceremony will be held on October 21, 10:00 a.m., at the Coleman A. 

Young Municipal Center (2 Woodward Detroit, MI, 48226, Suite 1340).

Every September, the BDYM and its partner, Infinite Scholars, host a scholarship fair 

that connects hundreds of Detroit high school students to more than 30 colleges 

across the country. "The fair gives students a great opportunity to speak with college 

recruiters and achieve the bright futures they deserve," says BDYM co-director Rae 

Glover. Now in its sixth year, it's estimated the fair has awarded more than $100 

million in scholarships to junior and senior high school students.

A growing non-profit coalition, the BDYM collaborates with a variety of youth-serving 

organizations and individuals, and provides personal, educational and professional 

development, and community service opportunities for high-school aged Detroiters.

The BDYM is currently recruiting young women and men who want to help build a 

better Detroit. To learn more, call 313.342.0697.


17178 Livernois Avenue
Detroit, MI 48221
(313) 342-0697

Friday, October 17, 2014

End-Dependence Project Director Position

Job Description:

The Kansas Department for Children and Families (DCF) currently has an Unclassified End-Dependence Project Manager position in the Rehabilitation Services unit.  The location of the position may be negotiated.  Salary is commensurate with experience and education.
As an End-Dependence Project Manager, you will:

Provide management and oversight for End-Dependence Kansas, which is a multi-year initiative designed to increase employment outcomes of Kansans with disabilities. 

Promote self-sufficiency, and end/reduce dependence on public assistance benefits through employment.  This project will implement evidence-based practices through community-based service providers.  Effectively collaborate with and monitor these community partners to assure successful implementation and achievement of outcomes.   Coordinate and collaborate with the technical assistance/evaluation contractor and with multi-disciplinary staff teams implementing the initiative and related vocational rehabilitation services.  

This position will also facilitate collaboration among other initiative sponsors including the Kansas Department on Aging and Disability Services, the Kansas Department of Commerce, the Kansas Department of Health and Environment, and the Kansas Department of Corrections.
Education and Minimum Requirements:

Master's degree in Rehabilitation Counseling, Public Administration or closely related fields; or a bachelor's degree in Rehabilitation Services, Public Administration or closely related fields PLUS three years of experience.

Preferred Screening Criteria:

Experience in vocational rehabilitation services, providing employment placement and supports, and specific experience working with individuals with disabilities.  Successful candidate must have successful experience managing large projects or new initiatives.

Click on the link to download position description here,

Performance Standards:
To be successful, the expectation is that a candidate will be able to competently perform the routine tasks of the position with limited supervision by the end of the probation period.

The application process has 3 STEPS:

STEP 1:  Register by completing the online Personal Data Form:
(Skip this step if you already have an Applicant ID number).

STEP 2:  Complete the State of Kansas Application Form: and submit to the Department for Children and Families.

STEP 3:  Email these additional required documents to Debbie Lang;

Include the job requisition number and your last name in the subject line.
*Cover Letter
*Three (3) Work References
*Kansas Tax Clearance Certificate

KANSAS TAX CLEARANCE CERTIFICATE REQUIRED:  Each applicant applying for a State of Kansas job vacancy must obtain a valid Kansas Certificate of Tax Clearance by accessing the Kansas Department of Revenue's website at  

A Tax Clearance is a comprehensive tax account review to determine and ensure that an individual's account is compliant with all primary Kansas Tax Laws.  A Tax Clearance expires every 90 days.  All applicants, including current state employees, are responsible for submitting a valid certificate with all other application materials to the hiring agency.  This is in accordance with Executive Order 2004-03.  If you need assistance with the tax clearance, please contact 785 296-3199.

Recruiter Contact:  Debbie Lang
Phone:  (785) 296-5103
Fax:  (785) 296-2173

How You Will Be Evaluated:
Your application will be considered incomplete and you may be found ineligible if you fail to submit all required documentation.  Your application will be reviewed to ensure you meet the minimum and any necessary special requirements.  Next, your application will be evaluated and rated based on preferred selection criteria and competencies for the position.

What To Expect Next:
After your application is evaluated and ranked, you may be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interview.  You will be notified of the outcome after the selection process is completed.  You may call or email the recruiter contact listed to inquire about your application.

Please contact the agency recruiter if a reasonable accommodation is needed for any part of the application or hiring process.

The Department for Children and Families is an Equal Opportunity Employer. 

Monday, October 6, 2014

My Brother’s Keeper Community Challenge


It is with great pleasure to answer the call and accept the challenge issued by President Barack Obama under the My Brother's Keeper Initiative.

As a longstanding advocate, training & service provider to those working to better themselves, and a concerned citizen in the Kansas community on issues these men & boys face, it is refreshing to see what we have been working so hard on; for so long, becoming a focal point at the highest level of government. 

As the Chief Executive Officer of IBSA, Inc., a nonprofit organization, I pledge to utilize the organization I administer and my personal time & talents to assist in any capacity possible that helps build and execute a plan to accomplish as many of the My Brother's Keeper goals listed. Let this communication stand as our agency's public acceptance to the challenge and my personal commitment to such a just cause.

Below is the information requested on the Lay the Groundwork for an MBK Community blueprint.

Point of Contact: 
Lazone Grays, Jr

IBSA, Inc.
629 SE Quincy, Suite 102, 
Topeka, KS 66603-3921
785.422.0761 (Topeka)
913.735.4272 (KC Metro) 

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Fall & Winter Youth Income Opportunity with Shades of Color

  Fall Gift Ideas

It's coming up on that time of year where people will be purchasing holiday greeting cards, calendars and gifts for friends, family and loved ones. As part of our mission, we encourage and promote youth entrepreneurship and often seek out companies we can work with to create a real opportunity for enterprising young people to make a little money.

IBSA has teamed up with Shades of Color this year to offer interested youth a chance to do just that. By ordering products from youth involved, they will earn a commission off of each product they sell. For example; if they sell...

One Woven Tote Bag retailed at $22.00 they will earn $7.00

One Bible Bag retailed at $28.00 they earn $10.00

One Wall Calendar at $15.00 retailed at $15.00 they will earn $5.00

There are many items to choose from, so the chance for them to be successful is high. More often than not, this is an opportunity for a nonprofit to make money as a fundraiser, but we choose to make it an opportunity for young, enterprising youth to learn professional salesmanship skills; and make a few dollars in the process.

*We have set a goal of each student to sell at least $100 worth of products (or 25 orders) to assure they take full advantage of the opportunity presented.

We invite enterprising youth in middle & high school that are truly motivated to make make money to signup and be part of our Fall Income Opportunity Program by contacting our organization by calling or sending us an email. After meeting with them and a parent/guardian, and completing our program registration form we will work with them to develop a sales strategy, learn product availability and timelines, and understand the paperwork involved to take orders and process them.

Thank you in advance for giving this opportunity consideration and for helping those youth involved by buying products from them this year.

About Shades of Color

Shades of Color is a Black owned business dedicated to bringing you the highest quality African American gifts available. The company was started in 1995 as a means of filling the void that existed within the calendar and Black gift business. Our mission is to bring positive images of African Americans to homes and offices everywhere.


IBSA, Inc.
629 SE Quincy, Suite 102, 
Topeka, KS 66603-3921
785.422.0761 (office) 
"IBSA Is A Nonprofit Organization"

Friday, October 3, 2014

Empower Kansans Request for Proposals

United Healthcare is excited to announce our 3rd Request for Proposals (RFP) for Empower Kansans funding. Empower Kansans is dedicated to increasing the number of Kansans with disabilities who are competitively employed via grants to community partners.  As noted in the attached RFP, the deadline for submissions is: 5:00 PM CST, Monday, November 3, 2014. We will also hold an optional pre-submission conference call to provide potential applicants an opportunity to ask questions about the RFP. This call will be Monday, October 20th, from 12:30 P.M. 1:30 P.M. Call 1-763-957-6400, enter meeting # 823 681 735. If asked for a password, enter EK.


Please feel free to share this announcement with your network of contacts. If you have additional questions please contact me, Angie Reinking, via email at the email address below.


Thank you!


Angie Reinking- note new phone # below

Outreach Specialist for Developmental Needs

United Health Care Community Plan- Kansas

United Health Care

10895 Grandview, Ste. 200
Overland Park, Kansas 66210

Please note NEW phone # as of  9.1.14 (785) 749-9464

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Proposed MakerSpace & Co-Working Space Funded in Topeka Kansas

City of Topeka/Shawnee County to Fund Proposed MakerSpace & Co-Working Space for Startup Entrepreneurs and Local Creatives

Shared by Lazone Grays


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