Youth & Shelter Services (YSS)

One of Iowa’s oldest and largest youth-serving nonprofit organizations, YSS’s mission is to create hope and opportunity by putting kids first. They offer education to build healthy minds and bodies; counseling to overcome life’s challenges; and stability to focus on the future.

Achieving Maximum Potential (AMP) is Iowa’s Foster Care Youth Council that meets in Councils throughout the state. AMP seeks to unleash the full potential for personal growth among Iowa’s foster youth ages 13-22. Together, they provide opportunities to build life and leadership skills while advocating for positive change to Iowa’s child welfare system.

Summarized by the motto, “Nothing about us, without us,” AMP is a youth engagement program.  AMP involves young people as advocates for themselves and as a voice for system-level improvements in child welfare laws, policies and practices. When supported through productive partnerships with adults, youth can be authoritative advocates for making foster care more responsive and effective.

  • Camps, conferences, and activities
  • Legislative advocacy
  • Grants


Iowa children and youth in foster placement or kinship placement. Eligibility varies by program and grant.

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