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New Partnership Provides Training for In-Demand IT Jobs

YMCA of Greater Kansas City
December 9, 2021
The Y. Snap IT. Workforce Partnership: Johnson, Leavenworth, Wyandotte

Earn While You Learn – A Job with Y Club Could Lead to a New Career in IT


A job with the Y’s before and after school Y Club program could lead to a new career in IT, thanks to a new partnership with SnapIT Solutions.

Associates who live in Johnson County, Kan., or work for the Y’s Youth Development Services in Johnson County, supporting kids in elementary schools throughout the metro, will have the opportunity to access training through SnapIT to become career-ready for high-demand IT jobs while they work for the Y. The training is available at no cost to the associate. 

Career Academy is sponsored by the Workforce Partnership and funded through JoCo KS Works. The Y and SnapIT work closely with Workforce Partnership to assist Career Academy participants in fully accessing all available programs and career support services.  

Program participants can begin SnapIT self-paced courses immediately and have in-person and virtual access to instructors. Benefits include:

  • Cost-free Tech Training for Before and After School Y Club associates who meet program qualifications and live in Johnson County, Kan., OR work for the YMCA in Johnson County.  
  • $4,200 training stipend in addition to Y Club salary (an addition of approximately $4 per hour to regular Y Club salary).
  • Free laptop for Y Career Academy participants
  • Self-paced courses that participants can begin immediately.
  • Weekly in-person or virtual access to SnapIT instructors. 
  • Part-time IT apprenticeships are available while participants are still working at the Y. 
  • $1,500 child care subsidy for those meeting eligibility guidelines.

This partnership prepares people for the jobs of today and tomorrow in roles such as:

  • IT Support Services
  • Project Management
  • Software Development - C#
  • Software Development - Java

A Great Job and Training Together

Youth Development jobs with the Y offer fulfilling roles as youth leaders, providing mentoring and supportive care for the children in Greater Kansas City, as well as a needed and valued service for parents and families. SnapIT self-paced certification classes work to fit around work schedules at the Y.

This opportunity is ideal for people looking for a career change and not currently planning to attend college or vocational school, but would like to be on the fast track to learning skills for a career in IT. Paid training with SnapIT’s model is offered to employees of all ages and prior experience levels, whether it’s a younger student or an adult looking to enter a new career. 

SnapIT Solutions is a hi-tech training and solutions firm headquartered in Kansas City Metro that delivers in-demand IT trainings that aim to build foundations in tech careers. SnapIT Solutions provides resource augmentation and IT staffing for its clients, and also places concentrated emphasis on recruiting, screening, training and preparing talent for in-demand tech positions for fortune 500 companies.

The idea for the partnership originated from a collaboration between SnapIT’s Founder and CEO Neelima Parasker and the YMCA of Greater Kansas City’s President and CEO John Mikos. The two recognized that working together on recruiting and training opportunities would benefit the community through strengthening the IT and child care work forces and providing future opportunities for local youth.

“At SnapIT, we strive to be agents of change for our community, and the YMCA is Kansas City’s go-to solution for before- and after-school care for our young children,” Parasker said. “This partnership is a way that our two community-minded organizations can team up; recruit, train and financially support the Y’s employees; and ensure that they’re on a tech career trajectory if they choose to enter this exponentially growing industry.”

The YMCA and SnapIT are currently recruiting participants for this unique career opportunity. 

“The skills our employees gain from SnapIT’s training offer great opportunities for our organization,” Mikos said. “The partnership benefits Y families by engaging more people to become leaders of our before and after school learning and enrichment programs, and provide much-needed child care for working families. The technical skills they learn can be applied to boost the STEM curriculum in our programs, and also help open the door for our associates to pursue a career in IT.”

How to Apply

Sign up for an info session to get started.

After the info session, you'll apply for one of the Y's Before and After School positions. Once you have been hired by the Y, you are eligible for the cost-free tech training provided by SnapIT. 

Available YMCA Before and After School Positions include:

  • Youth Development Leader 
  • Site Supervisor 
  • Assistant Site Supervisor

Once you are hired by the Y, you will begin the enrollment process with SnapIT's Career Academy Admissions Specialist.  

To qualify for the cost-free IT training participants must live in Johnson County, KS, and meet the following income guidelines: 

  • Individual: not to exceed $37,214
  • Family: not to exceed $71,270 

More Information

If you have any questions, contact: 

Gretchen Deaton 
Vice President, People Engagement and Experience
YMCA of Greater Kansas City 
816.360.3302 (Direct Line)

Get Involved

If other private foundations wish to support this unique workforce development program, they may contact John Mikos, President and CEO, YMCA of Greater Kansas City at 816.360.3340.  

About SnapIT Solutions

SnapIT Solutions, LLC is a certified women, minority and disadvantaged-owned small business with a mission to empower communities and create opportunities in technology and engineering. Founded in 2015, SnapIT specializes in innovative technology trainings, services and solutions, with capabilities in IT Managed Services, Data Analytics, IT Security, Cloud, DevOps, with technical expertise in disruptive technologies such as AI, 3D Photogrammetry, AR/VR, ML and Blockchain. For more information on purchasing SnapIT’s trainings, software services and solutions, call 1-888-694-1285 or visit

About Workforce Partnership

Workforce Partnership creates a workforce development system that meets the needs of both job seekers and employers throughout the Kansas City area with a network of career centers in Johnson, Leavenworth, and Wyandotte counties offering professional expertise to employers and job seekers. For more information, please visit

About the YMCA of Greater Kansas City

Driven by its founding mission, the YMCA of Greater Kansas City has served as a leading nonprofit committed to strengthening community since 1860. The Y empowers everyone, no matter who they are or where they’re from, by ensuring access to resources, relationships and opportunities for all to learn, grow and thrive. By bringing together people from different backgrounds, perspectives and generations, the Y’s goal is to improve overall health and well-being, ignite youth empowerment and demonstrate the importance of connections in and across communities. The Y has the long-standing relationships and physical presence not just to promise, but to deliver, lasting personal and social change. Visit for more information.