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Dubuque AMP

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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).

Our council is done in partnership with Hillcrest Family Services, and we collaborate with several other groups and agencies in the city to get the best programming possible each month. Meetings are led by Central Council youth and an adult AMP Alumni/Volunteer. We meet the first Thursday of each month, from 6:30 - 8:00 PM at the Multicultural Family Center (1157 Central Avenue) and the third Thursday of each month from 6:30 - 8:00 PM at the AY McDonald Fellowship Hall in the Hadley Chapel (Hillcrest Campus, 2005 Asbury Road).

In January, we offered the AMP new member training to help youth learn what we're all about. If you want to know some of the basics, this video is a good start!

We got ready for AMP Day on the Hill and rocked it at the State Capitol! Here's a picture of some of the Dubuque Council with Representative Chuck Isenhart!

We've been doing an awesome job of educating others on the needs of foster and adoptive youth. Not only did we get to do this with our legislators at Day on the Hill, but we also spoke in this last session of TIPS-MAPP classes!

An AMP Central Council youth with other attendees of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday Celebration.

One of our Central Council members went to the Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday Celebration and said it was very inspiring. Farris Muhammad, the director of the Multicultural Family Center was the keynote speaker. Click here to check out a video of him discussing his remarks.

In January, we also saw the lung demonstration during our meeting for Iowa Students for Tobacco Education and Prevention. And learned about Voter ID laws in the State of Iowa and how to stay informed about elections in the City of Dubuque. You can even sign up to get reminders on your phone about elections, through Turbovote!

February started off with a decent amount of bad weather and the resulting cancellations, but we finished strong! We got to see Step Afrika! thanks to the Multicultural Family Center, held a gym night on the Hillcrest campus, and we had a group go to the AMP Plugged in and Charging Conference at Indian Hills Community College in Ottumwa. The conference was super cool and left us feeling both informed and inspired.

For a meeting of Teens Against Human Trafficking, we talked about statistics on trafficking and made posters for awareness.

In March, we had a guest speaker from Iowa Legal Aid come to present about Tenant Rights and Responsibilities, and what some of the Landlord and Tenant Laws are. Other activities included going to the Be Your Own Hero AMP Mini-Conference in Burlington, as well as discussing boundaries and holding a meeting of ISTEP.

During April, we had a guest presenter from Job Corps and had several opportunities for youth to create art as part of the Identity Project.

In May, we continued with art projects, then had a table at the DubuqueFest Fine Arts Festival! We also went to the Buckels' farm for a mini camp!

Indy and Kalee staff the AMP booth at the Fine Arts Festival.

June was LGBTQ+ Pride Month, and our local chapter again wrote the city's proclamation. We also had a class on adulting!

Our first July meeting, we talked about toxic relationships--we started off with watching and discussing a video by Words Taylor called, "I'm sorry, these 4 types of friends or family have to go," then read and discussed a few articles from Teen Vogue about toxic friendships. You can check them out by clicking here and here! The second July meeting, we had Tai, from DHS, who talked about transition planning--we also played the bean game! Another guest that evening was Josie, from NextGen Iowa, to talk about registering to vote.

We kicked off August with a meeting about leveling up in life!

Transportation is available to our meetings, so please contact us if you need a ride!

To stay current with Dubuque AMP news, check out the Northeast Iowa Teen Empowerment Facebook Page!

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