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Youth-driven leadership, learning and more

Achieving Maximum Potential (AMP) is a statewide group that seeks to unleash the full potential for personal growth among foster and adoptive children, age 13 and older, in Iowa. In addition to providing the life skills youth need to become healthy, independent adults, AMP also offers:

  • Valuable leadership opportunities
  • Service learning projects through youth/adult partnerships in the community
  • Speaking opportunities for youth, including sharing of their own stories
  • Educational/vocational assistance
  • Peer-to-peer understanding, support and encouragement
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AMP Youth Council Locations

Local AMP youth councils are available across Iowa, including; Ames, Burlington, Cedar Rapids, Council Bluffs, Davenport, Des Moines, Dubuque, Eldora State Training School, Fort Dodge, Marshalltown, Mason City, Ottumwa, Sioux City and Waterloo. An AMP facilitator is also available to travel to councils located within youth facilities.

Get Involved

Whether you are able to offer an hour, afternoon, or perhaps a lifetime, AMP can benefit from your time, talents and treasures.

Allow us to speak at your event - AMP youth have a compelling story to share and would welcome the opportunity to speak at your next luncheon, meeting or event.

Share a skill, talent or hobby - The majority of youth who reach adulthood while in foster care do not get the chance to develop critical life skills that enable others their age to succeed. Please consider sharing your skills and knowledge with our youth.

Donate a service or product - Teens leaving foster care have the same needs as others their age, as they move toward living independently. Furnishings, linens, personal hygiene products, cleaning supplies, towels, kitchen supplies, etc. are welcomed by donors to help AMP youth succeed.

Provide financial support - Visit to make a secure online donation to AMP’s lead organization, YSS. You can also mail your contribution via check to: YSS, 420 Kellogg Avenue, Ames, Iowa 50010. Please make checks payable to YSS and note “AMP” in the memo line.


Nothing About Us Without Us

AMP assists young people become advocates for themselves and gives them a voice to impact child welfare policies and practices. Through supportive, productive partnerships with adults, youth speak out to make foster care more responsive and effective.

Members of AMP also encourage families to open their homes to teens in foster care, or to adopt. AMP youth educate legislators, child welfare professionals, juvenile court representatives, foster parents and the public about foster care and adoption from a youth perspective.

Watch the 2021 Virtual AMP Day on the Hill video

Got People?

Community is important. At YSS Aftercare Services, we have a community of adults that are here to help you move forward and achieve your potential. Watch this video to hear stories about young people who found safe, positive communities to support them through the challenges of transitioning from foster care to self-sufficiency.

Got School?

Knowledge and education provide pathways to success and creating the life you want. Watch this video for step-by-step ways to move forward within your educational career.

Got Housing?

It can be tricky to find a housing arrangement that works for you. Proximity to work or school, bus accessibility, your personal budget, finding a cosigner- these are all factors to consider when looking for housing. YSS has advocates and resources to help you succeed in this step of your life. Watch this video to learn about securing housing and people and programs that can help you along the way.

Got Money?

Financial literacy is crucial to smart spending and saving. Watch this video for tips on how to spend money wisely, save money and prepare for adulthood.

Got Meds?

Medication, insurance and doctor’s appointments don’t have to be confusing. At YSS Family Counseling and Clinic, we’re here to help you navigate these topics and meet your needs appropriately. Watch this video to learn more.

Reach out today!

Please feel free to contact us with questions or for more information. If your request is urgent in nature, we request you contact us by phone at 515.233.3141.