Jobs for Young Adults is a 34 hour job readiness/life skills workshop for young adults ages 16 to 20 years. This program was developed by employers from all industries in the Topeka area.
Problem Solving on the Job
Getting Along with Boss and Co-worker
Upon completion of the workshop participants are certified as "job ready" and will have access to our 150 employers who have agreed to interview graduates of the program as positions become available.
Benefits to you are having the inside scoop on what employers are looking for, 150 employers, and a major advocate for you to make sure the employer is following labor laws and that you like your job.
We conduct a 6 month follow-up with you and your employer. We are able to talk with employers about your concerns, as the employers really don't want parents calling them and the privacy act keeps the employers from giving information to others without a release.
You will be entitled to a second job search as long as you gave proper notice, were not fired for stealing, doing drugs/alcohol on the job or walking out without notice.
How Do You Get Involved?
Just call our office and set up a time to come in a learn more about the program, fill out some enrollment forms and receive your schedule of workshop dates and times.
We hold workshops every month. They begin on Saturday (during the school year) and then Monday-Thursday 3:45 to 5:45 for two weeks.
The Jobs for Young Adults program has recieved several National Awards:
1984, One of six national model programs - US Health and Human Services, Washington DC
1985, Special commendation by President Ronald Reagan
1986, United States, employment program representative - United Nations Youth Conference, Chicago
1988, One of 30 featured models, Partnerships for Youth 2000 National Resources Center for Youth, Oklahoma City
1997, Recognized by the Koch Crime Commission as a Crime Prevention Model
Youth Council is youth led and youth driven. The Topeka Youth Council provides opportunities for Youth Leadership and is comprised solely of volunteers.
This program is a youth development program for area high school students. It is also the Mayor's Advisory Council on youth issues. They host the Battle of the Bands, provide hours of community service, the youth advisory council to the youth court, and the hosts of teen conferences.
Topeka Youth Council - Who we are & what we do:
Advisory council to the Topeka/Shawnee County Youth Court
A community wide youth council
Promote, support and represent the youth of Topeka
Participates in various community service projects
Serves as the Mayor’s Advisory Council on Youth
Hosts alcohol and drug free community events
Sits on the Topeka/Shawnee County Drug/Alcohol Advisory Council
Sits on the Topeka Youth Project Board of Director
State Board Member on the Kansas Tobacco Coalition
Convenes Teens Are Concerned (TAC) Conferences
Provides input on state and local legislation
Provides over 2,000 hours of community service work annually
Youth Court is youth led and youth driven. The judge, prosecutor, defense attorney, jurors, bailiff, court clerk and defendants are all teenagers. They will hear cases of first time offenders with misdemeanor charges. The jurors will decide the sanctions that will be imposed. They can range from community service, written or oral apology to victim or others, essay related to the offense, improve grades and they will serve as a juror in two cases
Why Is It Needed?
Adolescence is a time when young people are developing skills, habits, and attitudes that will prepare them for transition into responsible adulthood. Teen court programs serve a dual function. In addition to providing a mechanism for holding youthful offenders accountable and educating youth on the legal system, teen courts also provide youth in the community with an avenue for developing enhancing, and practicing life skills.
Youth Court will:
Help youth realize they will be held accountable for their problem behaviors
Educate youth on the impact their actions have on themselves and others
Build competencies in youth by providing instruction in how the legal system functions and how to communicate and resolve problems with peers and more effectively build competencies in youth by providing instruction in how the legal system functions and how to communicate and resolve problems with peers more effectively and provide a meaningful forum for youth to practice and enhance newly developed competencies
In order for a defendant to participate in youth court, they will have to agree to enter into a diversion agreement in which they admit to the facts of the case and agree to follow the sanctions in the case. The case will be sent back to Municipal Court. If they complete their sanctions, they will not have a juvenile record.