In the Press

Check out a few press pieces covering some of the Youth Project's events, work, and impact.

 
 
 Youth presented to other participants about their conversation.

Youth presented to other participants about their conversation.

Youth on Board(s) training summit

A common theme of the summit was one of surprise — from the teens at having their voices heard, and from adults, at what they had to say.

Darrell Stewart, community outreach manager for Shawnee County Parks and Rec, came to the summit to listen.

“I wanted to see how our department could work better for the youth of Topeka,” Stewart said. “That’s a goal of ours — to enhance our activities for youth and give them a better quality of life.”

He left impressed.

“What I learned is we have some very strong youth leaders in Topeka, with some very positive messages they’re putting out,” Stewart said. “It’s just up to us, as adults, to listen to them and work with them.”

 
 Two of the student interns at a marketing firm in Downtown Topeka.

Two of the student interns at a marketing firm in Downtown Topeka.

summer 2018 youth internship program

Since Perla Soto was a young child, she has loved creating things, whether painting or taking apart a clock to see how it worked.

Now she has received an opportunity to put her love for art and graphic design to work through a five-week summer internship program put together by the Topeka Youth Project.

During the internship, students will work eight to 10 hours a week with local businesses, such as law firms, marketing companies, dental clinics and a newspaper.

Soto, a senior at Highland Park High School, will work with Create Uplift, a Topeka multimedia company that specializes in creative services, including graphic design.

“I don’t know how the job shadowing is going to be, but I hope I learn new things and maybe get to know people, because the people I’m going to meet there will probably help me in the future,” Soto said.

Soto said she felt the program was realistic and helpful.