Julia Thomas, Executive Director
Mission Statement: The Kansas Youth Empowerment Academy (KYEA) educates, mentors, and supports youth with disabilities in Kansas to be contributing members of their community.
Hours: 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, Monday – Friday
- Kansas Youth Empowerment Academy provides empowerment and leadership programs, information and referral, support, and one-on-one goal planning to youth with disabilities, as well as community presentations on disability related topics.
- Kansas Youth Leadership Forum – A week-long leadership training for high school juniors and seniors with disabilities. Participants learn about leadership, career options, advocacy, goal setting, and more.
- Empower Me! Challenge – A program for Shawnee County high school students with disabilities. Participants explore themselves, their abilities, and their future.
- Interns Creating Opportunities Now – A five month paid internship in the Kansas Youth Empowerment Academy Topeka office open only to youth with disabilities. Interns gain employment skills and knowledge about their own abilities.
- Empowerment Planning – One-on-one meetings with youth with disabilities to assist them with setting and achieving goals for the future.
- Disability Mentoring Day – a one day job shadowing opportunity for youth and job seekers with disabilities.
- Community Presentations to groups of all ages on the following topics: disability awareness and etiquette, disability history, advocacy, goal setting, self-esteem, youth empowerment and leadership, and community service.
Eligibility: Kansas Youth Empowerment Academy serves youth, ages 5 – 25, with any type of self – identified disability.
How to Apply: All programs have a separate application. Contact Kansas Youth Empowerment Academy to inquire more about our programs and services.
Fees, if any: All programs and services are FREE
Funding: Kansas Rehabilitation Services, grants, community contributions, and fundraisers