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IFAPA has received special money from Chaffee Funds for teens (age 16 and older) in foster care that can 

only be requested through June 30, 2015. This special grant can be accessed through IFAPA's Friends of 

Children in Foster Care Program. These grants will be available for up to $300 per youth for items such as: 

extra-curricular activities, educational tutoring, senior photos, prom attire, class rings, camps, etc. This 

funding is for all teens (16 years and older) in a foster care placement including shelter, foster family homes, group care, & supervised apartment living. 


To apply for this special funding, please complete a FRIENDS APPLICATION (LINK BELOW) and submit to IFAPA for consideration.

New videos featuring AMP youth & Child & Family Policy Center

Posted on 07/12/2019 at 4:15 PM

Three new videos talking about Families First Act, Iowa Aftercare Services and needing more families for teens feature the voices of AMP youth who were part of the Casey Cohort to bring awareness to issues foster youth face in Iowa.



Iowa Youth Congress & SIYAC are taking Applications

Posted on 05/22/2019 at 9:38 PM


The Iowa Department of Human Rights is now accepting applications for two of our youth initiatives--the State of Iowa Youth Advisory Council (SIYAC) and the Iowa Youth Congress (IYC). These are opportunities for youth to develop leadership skills, connect with community leaders, and improve their community through civic engagement and volunteerism. 


If you know a high school-aged student who would be interested in serving on one of these entities, please direct them to the links below.


To apply for SIYAC, visit

To apply for IYC, visit


For more information please visit our website: and click on "Youth".  

AMP Annual Youth Conference...Rise Up!

Posted on 01/14/2019 at 2:27 PM


The Rise Up Youth Conference will be held on Saturday April 6th at DMACC in Ankeny. Below is the link to register for the conference. 

Parents/staff are welcome to accompany teens if they are interested but not mandatory.  There will be AMP staff there to supervise.
Parents & staff need to register with youth so we have a head count for food.  See flyer at the bottom of this email…


We are starting over so if you we registered before you need to register again.  Let me know if you have any questions.



New Transition Videos!

Posted on 12/11/2018 at 2:31 PM

Break out the popcorn...time to watch the new transition videos featuring AMP Youth!!


These videos are sponsored by Juvenile Justice and Iowa Department of Public Health.


Attached is a flyer contains the links to all six videos.


Please note that we are continuing to work on the Youth Resources page and will be incorporating some of the links we originally received as we were making the videos.  Feel free to send us more as we get started.



Guardian Scholars Foundation

Posted on 11/30/2018 at 4:50 PM

The Guardian Scholars Foundation seeks high school graduates who have shown a desire to continue onto an undergraduate program; young adults who have proven academic merit and drive; those who have exercised a motivation to succeed inside and outside of the classroom shown through leadership and good decision-making.  After meeting the minimum requirements set by the individual colleges, a potential Guardian Scholar must:

  • have graduated in good standing with a minimum of a 2.3 GPA from high school or have shown considerable improvement while attending secondary education and spent time in Iowa foster care between the ages of 14-18. Scholarships are for students from Iowa going to school in the state of Iowa.
  • gain admission to the chosen college(s) and receive their financial aid package.
  • submit a Guardian Scholars application and Release and Consent Form as soon as possible after gaining admission to college.

Applications are due March 1st for the upcoming Fall semester.  Submitting your application package as soon as possible after applying to your chosen colleges is encouraged.  Applications may be found at 


Thomas Wolff | Executive Director


Empowering Foster Care Youth Through Education

phone: 515.528.4238


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