A world where youth are valued and empowered to stand strong.

Our Impact

  • 301 kids were paired with a mentor
  • 108 youth served in Residential Addiction Treatment
  • Treatment services provided 21,336 counseling sessions
  • 12,981 families served
*2020 Data

Our Mission

To create hope and opportunity by putting kids first.

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    Our Core Values

    Commitment + Collaboration + Compassion + Innovation + Integrity + “Can Do” Spirit

    • Our Leadership

      The YSS leadership team represents a diverse array of specialties and expertise, with an overarching commitment to our mission of creating hope and opportunity by putting kids first.

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    Andrew Allen

    CEO

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    Amanda Briggs

    Chief Financial Officer

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    Belinda Meis

    Chief Operating Officer

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    Terri Johanson

    Associate Vice President of Child Welfare & Transition Services

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    David Hicks

    YSS of Marshall
    County Director

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    Toby O’Berry

    Iowa Homeless Youth Centers
    & Transitional Services Director

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    Shanda Hansen

    Community Based Center Director

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    Kate Garvey

    YSS of Hamilton County Director

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    Gerri Bugg

    Community Youth & Family Development Director

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    Amy Hutter

    Director of Marketing
    & Communications

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    Anna Andrews

    Human Resources Director

    Andrew Allen

    President and
    Chief Executive Officer

    Amanda Briggs - Chief Financial Officer

    Amanda Briggs

    Chief Financial Officer

    Belinda Meis

    Chief Operating Officer

    Terri Johanson - Child Welfare & Transitional Services Division Director

    Terri Johanson

    Associate Vice President of Child Welfare & Transition Services

    David Hicks - YSS of Marshall County Director

    David Hicks

    YSS of Marshall
    County Director

    Toby O'Berry - Iowa Homeless Youth Centers & Transitional Services Director

    Toby O’Berry

    Iowa Homeless Youth Centers
    & Transitional Services Director

    Shanda Hansen - Community Based Center Director

    Shanda Hansen

    Community Based
    Center Director

    Kate Garvey

    YSS of Hamilton County Director

    Gerri Bugg

    Community Youth & Family Development Director

    Amy Hutter

    Director of Marketing
    & Communications

    Anna Andrews

    Human Resources Director

    Our Boards

    Nahla Atroon

    Youth Representative

    Jim Black

    James R. Black & Associates

    Gary Botine

    Mary Greeley Medical Center

    Jeff Brinkley

    Mason City Police Department, Mason City Advisory Board Member

    James Bucher

    Todd and Sargent

     

    Tim Day

    Iowa State University

    Kim Houston

    Burke Corporation

    Patrick Kremer

    Marshall/Hardin County Advisory Board

    Erin Baldwin

    Iowa State University

    Mona Everson

    Life and Health Care

     

    Randi Peters

    VenuWorks

    Mike Phillips

    Greater Iowa Credit Union

    Monica Porter

    ISU Foundation (Retired)

    Joseph Barrett

    John Deere Financial

    Nate Carr

    Cyclone Regional Training Center

     

    Suzy Shierholz

    Story County Community Foundation (Retired)

    Brian Torresi

    Davis Brown Law Firm

    Lindsey Long

    Iowa State Athletics Development

    Sam Byriel

    Boone County Advisory Board

     

    Jim Baker

    Retired

    Ron Birkestrand

    Osweilers, Hamilton County Community Advisory Board

    Robert Knight

    Tamim Mahayni

    McFarland Clinic

    Kyle Mertz

    TrueNorth Companies

     

    Deb Fennelly

    Drew Nelson

    DMACC

    Eileen Patterson

    Nevada Middle/High School

    Amy Pieper

    ISU Extension of Marshall County

    Dalton Robey

    Youth Member

     

    Doug Robey

    Martin Marietta

    John Russell

    Bankers Trust

    Charles Small

    Iowa State University

    Jonathan Swanson

    Community Representative

    Susan Tucker

     

    Ross Willburn

    State Representative

    Robert Waggoner

    Taylor Williams

    NIACC

    Karen Wickert

    Chemist (Retired)

    Libby Zaletel

    IHYC Community Advisory Board

     

    Boone County

    Judy Albritton

    Deanna Anderson

    Carolyn Finnestad

    Lorraine Hamel

    Sandi Johnson, Chair

    Leone Junck

    Marlene Moffitt*

    Joyce Peterson

    Joseph Russell

    Gloria Stearns*

    Geralyn Timm

    Judy Tungesvik

    Gregg Williams

    *Emeritus

    Hamilton County

    Sonia Rodriquez, Chair

    Marian Johnson

    Doug Bailey

    Kathy Birkestrand

    Ron Birkestrand

    Barb Franzen

    Logan Welch

    Connie Ingraham

    Jean Kayser

    Thomas McLaughlin

    Gayle Olson

    Francis Lauer

    Youth Services

    Raymond Beebe, Chair

    Michael Davis

    Shanda Hansen

    Chief Jeff Brinkley

    Heidi Venem

    Jesse Waters

    Jennifer White

    Taylor Williams

    Shannon Wooge

    Tracy Wynn

    Tracy Worley

    Pat Tomson

    Marshall County

    Fred Lembke

    Meri Edel

    Michael Tupper

    Kaylee Howe

    Amy Pieper, Chair

    Pat Kremer

    Natasha Schultz

    Chris Vaughn

    Norma Meade

    Madi Hardman

    Ken Fox

    Fauna Nord

    Iowa Homeless Youth Centers

    Marcy Baker

    Joseph Barrett, Vice-chair

    Jessica Bastian

    Steve Becker*

    Judy Blank

    Marguerite Boss*

    Gina Christian

    Linda Cowger-Russel*

    Sonny Fox*

    Lois Ichelson*

    Laura Jontz

    Alison Kanne

    Nathan Lentz

    Gene Loverink*

    Michael Myszewski*

    Magda Lippold

    Mary Oliver

    Amy Oliver-Peters

    David Repp*

    Jack Segal

    Mary Sheka

    Bridget Shapansky

    Sandra Suarez

    Betty Torgerson

    Dave Vaudt*

    Patrick Willer

    Libby Zaletel, Chair

    *Emeritus

    Careers

    If you’re interested in helping children, youth and their families have a brighter future, you may be a good fit for YSS. Whether you’re a seasoned professional, or just getting started, there are many rewarding positions available across the state. View current openings, learn more about our benefits and apply today.

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    Locations

    No matter where you are in Iowa, we’re here to help. Use the map below to find a YSS location near you.