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High School Leadership Academy Community Partners

The High School Leadership Academy would not be possible without the help of our community partners, the Topeka Community Foundation and the Greater Topeka Chamber of Commerce.

A grant was submitted to the Topeka Community Foundation outlining this unique program.Thanks to the generous support of the Topeka Community Foundation and Marsha Pope, the High School Leadership Academy has been established. “This grant maximizes our investment in youth leadership by partnering with Washburn University and the Greater Topeka Chamber of Commerce,” said Marsha Pope, President, Topeka Community Foundation. “As we look to develop home-grown talent in Topeka, we believe this grant opens doors for collaborative work in finding opportunities to benefit our community.” 

Similarly, the support of the Greater Topeka Chamber of Commerce has been a key supporter of the program. “Not only will the students become exposed to community initiatives, but our community’s organizations and leaders will have the opportunity to gather the input and ideas of these young minds,” said, Matt Pivarnik, President and CEO, Greater Topeka Chamber of Commerce. “The more we involve our high school students in the leadership of community change, the stronger our community will be moving forward.” 

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