IBSA, Inc.

Rating: 5 stars   5 reviews

Issues: Children & Youth, Education, Job Training

Location: 629 Se Quincy Suite 102 Topeka KS 66603 USA

Mission: IBSA staff, volunteers, and interns engage in a variety of efforts to promote and support job training, employment counseling and entrepreneurial activities, particularly, activities for youth and low-income adults.  We provide services that assist people in their transition off welfare. Clients are referred by government agencies through agreements for employment & microenterprise counseling, retention and support services. IBSA additionally provide related services to first-time juvenile offenders referred by the County Court Services to complete community service as required by a judicial officer of the courts.

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Rating: 5 stars  

By working with IBSA I learned new administrative and computer skills and was introduced to the business and education community. Getting involved with volunteering eventually opened doors for me to become employable as a writer, and under the leadership of the director I developed the discipline necessary to become self-employed. I will be forecer greatful for my life-long membership in IBSA, Inc. am proud of my association with Mr. Lazone Grays Jr. ~LaVita (Gassoway) Williams

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

When I needed the support of a community resource that provided legal answers concerning business, IBSA was there. And if I needed help finding employment, job referel services were available, even in Wyandotte County, Kansas.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Add a program that would make this a youth-based AmeriCorps and Vista Volunteer funded program that provided year-round trainings for business education that targeted at-risk youth.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

My personal growth through membership with IBSA, Inc.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Committed to excellence.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Re-educate at-risk youth.

Ways to make it better...

I knew then what I know now.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

I'm not sure, however, every non-profit would benefit from more funding opportunities designed to help the organization further its mission.

One thing I'd also say is that...

I am so glad that IBSA, Inc. is persistant and consistant. Thank you Lazone!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-5-01

Rating: 5 stars  

5 people found this review helpful

I am a single parent of 2, my son who is 17 and my daughter-20 years old. I recently moved here from Californail and I was having a hard time with my son and daughter. i wanted to expose my kids to a lifestyle less chaotic and a little slower than what we were used to, my kids however did not share my relief and started to rebel. I sought help from everywhere in this town but because of the ages of my children they were left out of the traditional system. I met Lazone and Keith and they met with me and my kids offered them a place to come and study, volunteer making sure that they knew someone in Topeka cared. They even found therapy for my son. I am grateful to them for all they did for me in my time of need

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Giving back to the youth and not following the rules that say that once a child reaches a certain age they no longer need services.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

More employees

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

I could always count on them to be there for me no matter what the situation was

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Caring and Kind showing ginuine concern for the youth and setting a great example

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Reach out to more people and help more communities be empowered to help themselves

Ways to make it better...

I would have been more committed to the offering

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

money, budget cuts and funding

One thing I'd also say is that...

I hope that this organization continues to be there because my kids just had kids and I am sure that I will take my grandkids

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-1-01

Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

4 people found this review helpful

As the Chairman of the National Black Business Trade Association, I can say with certainty that ISBA has been successfully at the forefront of job training or job placement for many years in the community. They have consistently provided timely and relevant information to our membership.

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If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

be an effective provider of the best resources, tools, training and benefits to its constituents.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-12-01

Rating: 5 stars  

5 people found this review helpful

Lazone Grays has been helping people in the Topeka and Kansas City area with job placement, business coaching and mentoring kids in the community through the IBSA (International Black Student Alliance) nonprofit company for over 16 Years. He is a pillar in the community and always share his knowledge and expertise with others. We wish to see more people like him. ALL THE BEST OF SUCCESS IN ALL YOU DO LAZONE. - Daniel Chege.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The positive environment and what IBSA stands for.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Mr.Keith McClain.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Change the lives of alot of people through social programs and youth events around the world.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

Rating: 5 stars  

5 people found this review helpful

I have been associated with the organization's director since the late 90's. We have been through some serious ups and downs. Through it all, we have both grown in character and strength together. His organization is a true testimony to the good a person can do for another individual, when you reach out to others, that are less fortunate. The director has programs and resources to help any and everyone who need help, be it, job training, job coaching, entrepreneurship training, and many other social and life skills. My family and I have benefited over the years from the services and resources provided by IBSA, INC.. My experience with the organization will always be an ongoing experience as long as I live. God bless the director and his associates always.

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If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

It could help launch plans Mr. Grays has in store for entrepreneurship for the community. That type of cash reserve would provide seed money to help Mr. Grays formulate his organizational plans for community self-sufficiency.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-9-01

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