Fort Dodge AMP Agenda - AMP | Achieving Maximum Potential

Fort Dodge AMP Agenda


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Let's Eat!

This Thursday July 9th 11:30 - 1:00pm at Youth Shelter Care outside where we can social distance and get together and eat and play games. Feel free to wear a mask if you like. We will take temperatures when you arrive.  Grilling out hot dogs with sides and delicious Larita's cookies.     

Call Kelly if you need transportation - 515-576-1779

*See below Covid-19 Policy & Guidelines.



Learn the signs, the facts, and how you can help prevent suicide.

Each one of us can play a vital role in ensuring that all young people, regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity, are provided with safe, accepting and supportive environments at home, at school and in their communities. As a parent or educator, you can be a lifeguard for your children or students by understanding the warning signs and risk factors of suicide and letting the youth in your life know that support is always available if they need it.

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Covid-19 AMP Policy & Procedures

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Achieving Maximum Potential (AMP) is taking the necessary action steps to safely resume face-to-face meetings, starting July 1, 2020.  Listed below are the recommendations and requirements, which all AMP attendees (staff, youth, supports, etc.) shall take into consideration moving forward.
The recommendations and requirements listed below are subject to change as we become more knowledgeable about COVID-19.  Facilitators, please follow the strictest policy, either AMP or your local agency.
AMP attendees will be required to practicing the following guidelines:

  • All staff, youth and guests have their temperature taken using a forehead thermometer before they are allowed to participate in any face-to-face AMP council meeting or event.
    • Participants must wait at the entrance for their temperature to be taken and recorded, before entering any meeting/event.  If the participant refuses to have their temperature taken, they will not be allowed to attend the in-person council meeting/event.
    • AMP will provide touchless thermometers.
    • If an attendee/participant has a fever above 100.4 F, they will be asked to leave the premises and follow protocol listed below.
  • For any individual who has a temperature of 100.4 F or higher:  
    • The facilitator will direct the individual/participant to, where they can access the appropriate information. 
    • The facilitator will advise the participant to stay home, isolating themselves from others, except if they are getting medical care.
    • The facilitator will ensure the individual/participant knows what to do and who to contact if symptoms get worse. Talk to them about who to call in case of emergency or if they need help after-hours
    • The participant will need to be fever free for 72 hours without fever reducers, before returning to a face-to-face AMP meeting or event. 
  • If the youth/participant is planning to be picked up/dropped off, their ride must wait and meet the youth outside of the facility.
  • Facilitators must sanitize all affected areas (tables, chairs, door handles, bathrooms, etc.), this must take place before and after each meeting/event.
    • With a commercial sanitizing product that kills 99.9% of germs.  Follow safety instructions.
    • Sanitizer for attendee use should be readily available.
    • When using cleaning chemicals, you should be using a face mask, per CDC recommendation. 
    • All participants will make all efforts to participate in social distancing.  In doing so, consider your meeting space and make arrangements accordingly. 
      • Facilitators, plan to meet in a larger room that allows individuals to spread out and remain as close to 6 ft. apart as possible.
      • When social distancing accommodations are unable to be met, facilitators, please consider meeting outside or continuing with virtual meetings. 
  • AMP is highly recommending the following actions be taken
    The CDC recommends that everyone -- sick or healthy -- wear a cloth face mask in places where it can be hard to stay 6 feet away from others.  AMP also highly recommends face masks, but does not require them during council meetings/events. 
    • If disposable masks are used, each person may place their own mask in individually sealed packaging, for at least 48 hours.  It is recommended that the packaging be a breathable material, a sealed paper sack would work best, although this is not required and a zip lock baggie would work as well. (These can then be used for the next meeting, there for make sure each person labels their baggies)
    • If cloth/homemade masks are provided/used, the facilitator is required to wash these after each meeting. 
    • Gloves are strongly encouraged to be worn by all attendees.
    • Staff, youth, and guests will practice frequent hand washing, as recommended by the CDC.
      • Hand sanitizer use is encouraged for all. 
    • Facilitators, youth and adults should be reminded to not touch their faces.   
    • Only one entrance/exit to the building should be used, except during emergencies.

      Cancelation Policy
    • AMP events are subject to modification in the event that a facilitator has been exposed to Covid-19, or anyone who has tested positive.
      • If a meeting or event is canceled, the Statewide Coordinator will need to be notified immediately, by the facilitator.


Do you know of a youth that could benefit from AMP meetings and services?
Please have them or their guardian give us a call.

515-576-1779  Kelly


Fort Dodge AMP


Kelly Halverson

Kate Cardenas



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What is AMP?

AMP is a youth-driven, statewide group of youth aged 13-21 that seeks to unleash the full potential for personal growth among foster and adoptive children in Iowa. AMP offers leadership opportunities, service learning projects, speaking opportunities, support and educational/vocational assistance. AMP meetings are a time to gain valuable life skills youth need to become self–sufficient, independent adults and to learn about local resources and socialize while in a supportive environment of youth with similar experiences.
AMP is available for youth who have ever been in an out-of-home placement (foster, kinship, adoptive, shelter, residential, detention). Check us out on the website


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