Since 1983, the Youth Project is a youth development agency providing constructive opportunities for youth in areas of employment and training, community service, and youth leadership, to help youth avoid high risk behaviors which jeopardize their futures.



The Youth Project empowers youth in Topeka and Shawnee County to become productive and responsible adults by providing constructive opportunities to prevent high risk behaviors. The Youth Project provides programs which align to this mission.




Topeka Youth Project is a 501(c)3 grassroots organization and has been in operation since 1983 serving more than 5,800 young adults in the Jobs for Young Adults Program and the Youth Council/Youth Court has provided more than 75,000 hours of community service to Topeka/Shawnee County.

The Jobs for Young Adults program has received 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.

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