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Des Moines AMP


Welcome to the Des Moines AMP page! 

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 13-21 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).




The Des Moines AMP meets at DHS - Polk County Riverplace, 2309 Euclid Ave, Des Moines, IA every third Tuesday of each month in room 1 from 6:00 to 8:00 pm... OPEN TO ANY FOSTER/ADOPTIVE YOUTH INTERESTED.

Beginning April 2019, DSM AMP will go to one meeting each month at Polk County Riverplace on the third Tuesday from 6:00-8:00pm in room 1.

Des Moines was the first council formed in 2005 and is one of the largest, most active councils in Iowa. Parents, no need to worry about supervision at AMP meetings, there are adult staff and volunteers in the council meeting making sure your teens are safe and appropriate!  Our meetings begin with "Highs & Lows" and youth getting to know each other in a fun activity or ice breaker.  Since we are youth driven it's time to present something the youth want to learn about...topics can be healthy relationships, bullying, college financial aid, saving & checking accounts or finding a job.  Most topics in AMP focus on skills youth need to become an independent young adult.  We help connect teens to transition services such as Opportunity Passport, Iowa Aftercare, Transition Decision Making and Workforce Development grant programs for youth.  Parents can attend with their youth or teens can bring another youth in care...just know that we understand what you're going're not alone!  

We understand that teens are busy with school, sports and jobs but please make time to give AMP a try!  AMP members support each other; make new friends, advocate for positive change in Iowa's child welfare system and give back to their communities through local events.  Take a chance and give AMP a try! 

Visit "Shots & Clips" on this website to see the video Channel 13 made about Des Moines AMP!  Get to know us up close and personal...see what we're all about.  Click here for video.

Resources for Polk County youth:

The Opportunity Compass which is a resource map for youth 16-24. This interactive map highlights resources and opportunities for the involvement of teens and young adults in the Polk County area. It provides locations of resources in the following categories: education, employment, support services, immigrant and refugee services, volunteer opportunities, trades and apprenticeships, and activities and interests.

The map currently only has Polk County, but I would encourage those of you in the other counties to assist with the map building and add resources for your areas of Iowa. Under the support services tab there is a category for Foster Care Transition, I am very happy to have advocated for this category and think this can be a great link and resource for our foster youth.    CLICK HERE  

AMP is a place to learn new things, meet new people and have lots of fun!  Here are some of our members at AMP Council meetings and at community events....





Jake is featured in the photos above.  Read this feature article on Jake from the

Youth Policy Institute of Iowa....CLICK HERE  


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