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.
Results: Over 80% of all referred to our agency meet their goals and objectives in a satisfactory manner.
Target demographics: low-income youth and adults succeed in life.
Direct beneficiaries per year: 300+
Geographic areas served: underserved urban neighborhoods
Programs: Job readiness counseling, preparation and placement;
Self-employment development & support services;
Youth IT / Enterprise Development:
building websites and salesmanship.
I started supporting IBSA, Inc. not just because I’m the founder, but because I needed something to do to occupy my time while I looked for work. Having studied business formation at Washburn University, I realized that I could at least create a job for myself; while looking for a job to work for somebody else. It gave me meaning and purpose to wake up everyday to help someone else looking for employment or a young person going down the road I had already been. New to a city with no family, friends or classmates may have been tough because I had no social network, but overcoming the challenges I faced, by helping others I didn’t know brought me a peace that I could not have gotten working for anyone else. To help others with difficult barriers to employment due to generational poverty, having no marketable skill or having no support in the home is helping myself. I may not have a lot of money to give, but I received a great education, have created networks and now have 22yrs years of life experiences to share.