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

Our Impact

  • 345 kids were paired with a mentor
  • 639 youth in Des Moines benefitted from outreach services
  • Treatment services provided 13,820 counseling sessions
  • 6279 families served
*2017 Data

Our Mission

To create hope and opportunity by putting kids first.

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

aallen@yss.org

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Laura Bell

YSS of Eastern Story County Coordinator

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Jane Adams

YSS of Hamilton County Director

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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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Gerri Bugg

Community Youth & Family Development Director

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Sarah Mowery

Development Director

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Terri Johanson

Child Welfare & Transitional Services Division Director

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Jason Haglund

Prevention and Treatment Division Director

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Belinda Meis

Director of Strategy and Operations

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Anna Andrews

Human Resources Director

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Tina Palmer

YSS of Boone County Coordinator

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Chad Vogel

VP of Development and Community Engagement

Andrew Allen

President & Chief Executive Officer

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Laura Bell

YSS of Eastern Story County Coordinator

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Jane Adams

YSS of Hamilton County Director

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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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Gerri Bugg

Community Youth & Family Development Director

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Sarah Mowery

Development Director

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Terri Johanson

Child Welfare & Transitional Services Division Director

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Jason Haglund

Prevention and Treatment Division Director

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Belinda Meis

Director of Strategy and Operations

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Anna Andrews

Human Resources Director

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Tina Palmer

YSS of Boone County Coordinator

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Chad Vogel

VP of Development and Community Engagement

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Our Boards

Judy Albritton

Boone Middle School

Nahla Atroon

Youth Representative

Patrice Ayeni

Iowa State University

Jim Black

James R. Black & Associates

Gary Botine

Mary Greeley Medical Center

Don Broshar

Iowa State University

Tim Day

Iowa State University

Sonya Fox

Hamilton Funeral Home

Patrick Kremer

Marshall/Hardin County Advisory Board

Eileen Patterson

Iowa State University

Randi Peters

VenuWorks

Mike Phillips

Greater Iowa Credit Union

Monica Porter

ISU Foundation (Retired)

Keith Robinder

Iowa State University

Suzy Shierholz

Story County Community Foundation (Retired)

Brian Torresi

Davis Brown Law Firm

Rosa Unal

ISU Foundation

Austin Woodlin

Edward Jones

Judy Albritton

Boone Middle School

Jim Baker

McDonald's Restaurants

Jim Black

James R. Black & Associates

Rod Copple

Green Hills Retirement Center

Barb Franzen

Business Owner and Banker (Retired)

Kim Houston

Burke Corporation

John Kinley

School Administrator (Retired)

Janet Lovell

ISU Athletic Department

Sophia Magill

ISU Federal Relations

Cliff McClure

Meadowbrook Builders LLC

Victoria Ostendorf

Youth Representative

John Russell

Bankers Trust

Mike Sogard

Banker (Retired)

Vicki Sukup

Keith Swanson

Morgan Stanley Private Wealth Management

Mike Tupper

Marshalltown Police Department

Rosa Unal

ISU Foundation

Mary Wells

Principal (Retired)

Karen Wickert

Chemist (Retired)

Robbe Verhofste

Youth Representative

Boone County

Judy Albritton Deanna Anderson Carolyn Finnestad Lorraine Hamel Sandi Johnson Robin Jones Leone Junck Kameryn Newcomb Deb Nugent Joyce Peterson Joe Russell Geralyn Timm Judy Tungesvik Gregg Williams

*Emeritus:

Marlene Moffitt

Gloria Stearns

Hamilton County

Peggy Arends

Doug Bailey

Kathy Birkestrand

Ron Birkestrand

Barb Franzen

Jean Kayser

Ginny Krieger

Sherry Lambi

Thomas McLaughlin

Gayle Olson

Francis Lauer

Youth Services

Raymond Beebe

Lori Broghammer

Crystal Koch

Laura Orlander

Susan Rebedeau

Mike Sogard

Sharon Steckman

Chris White-Rozendaal

Marshall County

Amber Danielson

Meri Edel

Floyd Harthun

Kaylee Howe

Patrick Kremer

Fred Lembke

Norma Meade

Guadalupe Merlos Garcia

Amy Pieper

Mike Tupper

Chris Vaughn

Eastern Story County

Meagan Ausborn-Henderson

Chris Brandes

Kim Houston

Eileen Patterson

Ray Reynolds

Sue Seaton

Iowa Homeless Youth Centers

Marcy Baker

Joseph Barrett

Steven Becker

Judy Blank

Gina Christian

Kristi Eckard

Sonya Fox

Mark Linder

Angela Lose

Cliff McClure

Lori Neely

Mary Oliver

Amy Peters

Erin Peterson

Mary Sheka

Jeremy Staun

Sandra Suarez

Betty Torgerson

Libby Zaletel

*Emeritus:

Marguerite Boss

Linda Cowger-Russel

Lois Ichelson

Gene Loverink

Michael Myszewski

David Repp

Dave Vaudt

Dee Wright

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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A Brief History

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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.