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Welcome to Ames AMP Web Page! We are glad your here!

What is AMP?

AMP meetings are a time for youth to gain valuable life skills for healthy transitions into adulthood, learn about local resources, and socialize while in a supportive and well-supervised environment of youth with similar experiences. AMP is a statewide network of youth councils made up of youth aged 13-23 who support and advocate for themselves and other youth who are currently or who have ever been in an out of home placement (foster, adoptive, kinship, shelter, residential or group care).


Ames is one of AMP's largest councils running about 15-20 members per meeting. We are home to the AMP statewide office and lead agency YSS. Please stop by and visit a council meeting on the third floor of the YSS Jacobson building in the Dasher Activity Center, in downtown Ames. Parents, don't worry, there is plenty of adult supervision while your youth are at AMP!  You are welcome to attend with your teen to see us say our "Highs & Lows" and join in an ice breaker to get to know each other.  AMP offers assorted topics like cooking, renting an apartment, college scholarships, healthy relationships, youth advocacy and much more!  Sometimes, we bring in a guest speaker to teach us about Cyber Bullying, Dangers of Tobacco or opening a checking & savings account.  We connect AMP youth to their community by serving meals at Food at First, assembling meals with ISU students at the fall "Hunger Fight", advocating for improvements in the child welfare system and using our personal stories to promote change. Don't forget the fun!  AMP is all about making friends and good times with other teens who understand what your going through whether your living in shelter, treatment, group-foster care or adoptive home.

The Ames AMP meets at the YSS Jacobson Building, 420 Kellogg Ave, Ames, IA 50010 on the second and fourth Thursdays of every month from 6:30-8:00 p.m.
Ames AMP youth are very active speaking and "giving back" to their community and they have lots of fun at AMP learning life skills that help prepare them for when they become young adults....
                                                 "NOTHING ABOUT US, WITHOUT US!"
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