All News

Ember Awarded $3M Grant

Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds announced YSS will receive $3 million in grant funding toward the development of Ember Recovery Campus. Located on 50 acres of...

READ MORE

YSS Names 2022 Core Value Award Winners

On Sept. 12, YSS celebrated its employees at the annual summer all-staff meeting. Held at Reiman Gardens in Ames, the event brought together the entire...

READ MORE

Youth Connect at AMP Camp

In August, foster care youth attended AMP Camp in Bloomfield, Iowa, to network, discuss legislative advocacy, and participate in fun activities. AMP (Achieving Maximum Potential)...

READ MORE

IHYC Hosts Annual Achievement Tea

On Aug. 9, Iowa Homeless Youth Centers (IHYC) hosted its annual Achievement Tea at the Greater Des Moines Botanical Gardens. The event celebrates outstanding youth,...

READ MORE

Full Circle: Teryssa’s Story

When Teryssa was 14, she came to the YSS Francis Lauer youth shelter in Mason City seeking help. Five years later, she works for the...

READ MORE
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...

READ MORE