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Dr. George Belitsos

Meet Our Founder: Dr. George’s Story

Sitting on his 25-acre llama farm known as Hobbit’s Hill, George Belitsos jokingly says he “flunked retirement.” After establishing YSS in 1976 and serving as...

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Events

August 2022

YSS Youth Recovery Campus Groundbreaking Ceremony

Aug 09 2022

Save the date for our Youth Recovery Campus groundbreaking ceremony! Share in the celebration, hear from YSS and local leaders about the project's impact, and...

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IHYC Achievement Tea

Aug 09 2022

Celebrate the success of our youth, volunteers and community. The Achievement Tea is a unique event to Des Moines that celebrates youth served by the...

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An Evening with Francis

Aug 26 2022

YSS Francis Lauer is excited to host the second annual “An Evening with Francis” Fundraiser Gala this year on August 26 in support of the...

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Speaker Requests

Our experts at YSS are pleased to present to groups, teams, organizations and more, sharing the impact we make, while providing ideas on how others can get involved. We kindly ask for speakers to be confirmed at least one week before your event.






    examples of Presentation Topics >

    • Youth engagement
    • Adolescent substance abuse and treatment
    • Adoption, foster care and aftercare
    • After school programs
    • Child access and visitation
    • Child development
    • Community youth development
    • Counseling and therapy approaches and trends
      • Anger management
      • Anxiety disorders
      • Child/adolescent depression
      • Family and group counseling
      • Grief and loss
      • Strengthening families
    • Homeless youth and families
    • Human trafficking trends and solutions
    • Mental health first aid
    • Mentoring programs
    • Pregnancy prevention
    • Sexual abuse prevention and education
    • Tobacco prevention and cessation
    • Violence prevention (cases and effects)
    • Volunteering
    • Youth shelter and transitional living programs
    • YSS: Helping youth stand strong