Kansas Youth Empowerment Academy (KYEA)


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517 SW 37th Street, Suite B
Topeka, KS   66611 (m)
Phone: (785) 215-6655
Fax: (785) 215-6699
Email: juliat@kyea.org

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

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