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Ties for Youth!

04 Dec 2018 10:38 AM | Amanda Kohlman (Administrator)

The Topeka Bar Association and the Topeka Police Department invite attorneys to stock Eisenhower and Chase Middle Schools with professional clothing for their Tie Thursdays Program.

Topeka Police Officers will be at this Friday's December Bar Luncheon to discuss the daily work they do with at-risk youth by mentoring them and providing life skills. One of the initiatives in this program is “Tie Thursday”.  This initiative helps the young men and women who the officers work with to develop their leadership, critical thinking skills and achieve academic excellence by dressing for success.  On Thursdays when the youth attend school, they wear a dress shirt, tie or professional clothing which allows them to also work on their self-esteem.   

“It’s amazing to see how much dressing professionally increases the youth’s confidence and self-esteem,” Chief Cochran said.  “There is always a great need for more ties, dress shirts and professional clothing for these young men and women.  We are anxious to partner with attorneys in Topeka to support this fun campaign.”

The Topeka Police Department partnered with Eisenhower Middle School to establish the Our Kids Program (OK Program).  The goal of the program is to reduce the high rates of incarceration and homicide among at-risk youth.  Because of the success of the OK Program at Eisenhower Middle School, the Topeka Police Department expanded its Youth Outreach Program to Chase Middle School in 2018.

New or gently used dressed shirts, ties and professional clothing or monetary donations may be dropped off at the Topeka Bar Association (700 SW Jackson Street, Suite 209) through the month of December or brought to the TBA December Bar luncheon on Friday, December 7th at 11:30 am. at the Capitol Plaza Hotel in the Emerald Ballroom.  Please contact Tiffany Fisher at 785.233.3945 for more information about making arrangements for a specific donation.
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