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W. Lazone Grays is President/CEO of IBSA, Inc., a nonprofit organization that focus its efforts on providing comprehensive employment and training programs, youth development strategies and entrepreneurship development and advocacy. Described as a “policy engineer” by the African American activist community, Grays started IBSA, when he personally experienced the struggles of finding employment upon graduating from Washburn University.
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Audio: Advocacy regarding black male unemployment in Topeka Kansa

Posted on December 20, 2012 at 2:24 0 Comments

Hope you can find time to listen to these recordings. The topic is very relevant to any community in which black men find themselves at a disadvantage in government, politic and business. The discourse in these…

Over 70% of Black Youth in the USA are Unemployed...

Posted on June 14, 2012 at 1:27 3 Comments

A very bleak outlook...
My math could be wrong, but it sure seems like Black youth unemployment is between 70 and 85 percent based on the stats provided?
The figures are based on an analysis of Census…

Audio: State of African Americans In Kansas (Wyandotte KCK)

Posted on June 6, 2012 at 20:04 0 Comments

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At 23:50 on February 28, 2017, Lazone Grays Jr said…
The first mistake Topeka City officials, people of power, and even the community made, was underestimating the tenacity of Lazone Grays.

​Video tribute to Champions of Change in the Black community presented at​ ​ ​DogonVillage​ ​ #DNC Watch Party in Philly​..​

It recognizes civil rights leaders who helped get the Voting Rights Act passed as well as women's rights leaders, labor union leaders and community organizers who continue to make sure all citizens have a right to vote without barriers and fight for issues that impact people of color.

They fight for issues like workers rights, voting rights, and criminal justice reform. Rev. Dr. Joseph E. Lowery, Rev. CT Vivian, Dr. Hazel Dukes, Salandra Benton, Lazone Grays and Richard Womack Jr are among those recognized.​
At 2:29 on March 14, 2013, Lazone Grays Jr said…
The discourse in these audio files really show how deep the pathology goes for non-minorities with the power to make decisions over the lives of others they are not associated with. 
It is highly unfortunate that with taxpayers dollars, this is the type of dismal leadership that is provided by those entrusted to make informed decisions.
Joint Economic Development Organization Meeting - Dec. 13, 2012
Annual meeting to review the business plan submitted for 2013 economic development programming & activities paid for with public funds made available under a 'special tax'. On an annual basis, elected officials must decide on whether to continue contracting with a (contractor) for 'all' economic development services and activities or they have the option to change course as needed. 
Public Comment Speakers: 
( Audio Recordings include questions and comments by elected JEDO officials )
Joe Ledbetter, Attorney
(20 min. 54 sec.)
Matthew Gassen, Business Owner
(14 min. 74 sec.)
Lazone Grays, Nonprofit Director
(30 min. 45 sec.)
Addressing the failed policy of JEDO and dismal failure by their contractor to utilize funds in ways that address the chronically high unemployment of black men in Topeka/Shawnee County Kansas
At 2:27 on March 14, 2013, Lazone Grays Jr said…
At 2:19 on March 14, 2013, Lazone Grays Jr said…
“Every child is a genius,” he told British reporters.“Once you identify the talent of a child and put them in the environment that will nurture that talent, then the sky is the limit. Look at Tiger Woods or the Williams sisters [Venus and Serena] — they were nurtured. You can never rule anything out with them. The competition between the two of them makes them excel in anything they do.”…


At 2:19 on March 14, 2013, Lazone Grays Jr said…
This is a bold and historic declaration to a nation that has yet to rally around investing and supporting the success of its Black boys. Our approach is to inform and educate leaders and influencers: i.e. policymakers, educators, professionals, business and community leaders, investors, philanthropists, clergy, pro athletes and celebrities. We believe too many leaders and influencers of America's Black boys are disconnected from the knowledge and networks that drive…


At 2:18 on March 14, 2013, Lazone Grays Jr said…

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Beating the drum today from Kansas City is small business development strategistLAZONE GRAYS, JR, CEO ofIBSA, Inc. Come and engage in specific conversation about technology and small business initiatives and how they impact our communities.

The Digital Drummer: Jim Neusom with Urban Tech Talk on the Radio is the official radio program of theUrban Tech Fair.
From blog to radio, Blacks and people of color in Technology to the latest tech trends and strategies for the purpose of implementation to empower our communities, Jim Neusom brings to conversation some of the awesome, interesting, historical, and down right technical digital information he drums online.
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At 7:55 on February 12, 2011, Lazone Grays Jr said…

[TOPEKA] Google, Inc. and IBSA, Inc., a Kansas nonprofit corporation have teamed up to expand Project C.A.R.E., a service that provides a special Google Voice account to the homeless and unemployed low-income job seekers to use on job applications and resumes, or share with family and other community resources assisting them. 

Project C.A.R.E. (Communications and Respect for Everybody) will provide a local phone number and voicemail box to the homeless and low-income job seeking population in Kansas. As in 1998, Grays believes that having a consistent, reliable point of contact can be crucial to someone trying to get back on their feet, especially when this population has a tendacy to move frequently and rarely have enough minutes on newer low-cost cellphones before the end of the month. 

Other nonprofit and governmental agencies that provide support services, access to resources and those that  traditionally facilitate community-based services on a referral basis can contact IBSA at (913) 735-4272 or by email at: to discuss coordinating the service on their local level.
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Project CARE is a program to provide voice phone numbers and voicemail accounts to homeless individuals. 

At 22:06 on December 12, 2009, We United said…
Hi W. Lazone Grays,
Great to hear from you.
Many thanks for your Christmas wishes. I also wish you, your family and friends and wonderful, peaceful and restful Christmas and New Year.
Have a wonderful and blessed weekend.
Paulette West MBE
At 1:21 on January 15, 2009, Paulette West MBE BUC Ambassador said…
Hi W. Lazone Grays,
I am writing a book about positive black male role models who are making a difference in business/community. Looking at your profile, I would love to include you, if this is something that you would be interested in.
Let me know as I have people from around the world included.
Have a wonderful day, and I look forward to hearing from you.






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