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 ampiowa.org 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.

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.