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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.

Applying for College & Financial Aid October 2018

Posted on 10/03/2018 at 6:49 PM

Iowa College Aid Insider: Applying for College & Financial Aid (October 2018)

FAFSA issues? Try these tips

Monday was the first day to file the 2019-20 FAFSA form. Unfortunately, experienced technical difficulties on opening day. If you experience issues, Federal Student Aid recommends you try the following: 

  • Browser issues: Clear your browser cache, and if that doesn’t work, try a different browser.
  • IRS Data Retrieval Tool not working on mobile app: To minimize the chance of being selected for verification, use the Data Retrieval Tool on the website ( instead of entering tax data manually through the app.
  • Can’t find the 2019-20 paper application: Click these links to the English and Spanish PDFs. Both can also be found in the Forms & Worksheets section on FSA’s Resources page (
  • Make sure you have the latest version of the myStudentAid app: For iOS users: For Android users:

College Savings Iowa is giving away savings accounts

College Savings Iowa is celebrating its 20th anniversary by giving away nine 529 College Savings Iowa accounts. This giveaway is open until October 31 at

College Savings Iowa will give away four $5,000 accounts and five $529 accounts and will notify the winners in early November. The giveaway is open to all residents who have a child or grandchild under 18 years old, even if they already have a College Savings Iowa account.

A 529 college savings plan is a tax-advantaged investment account sponsored by the State of Iowa that you can use to save for qualified education expenses. Learn more at

Pros and cons of income-share agreements

A few universities are beginning to offer “income-share agreements” as a way to pay for college. Students who sign these contracts pay nothing up-front but agree to pay a percentage of their earnings for a fixed period after graduation. Among the schools that have announced such plans are Purdue University, Colorado Mountain College and Clarkson University.

Students who enter these agreements might be able to pay less money overall. The programs could also lower the risk of default. Because these programs are relatively new and largely unregulated, however, questions remain about whether they are a good deal for students. Among the concerns:

  • Non-accredited academic institutions don’t have to adhere to external standards, so some are nervous that these businesses might take advantage of students.
  • There’s little consensus about how much is fair to reap from program graduates and for how long.
  • There isn’t much data about how people do once they through the programs, which makes it difficult for prospective students to evaluate them.

AMP Facilitator needed in Davenport Iowa

Posted on 09/17/2018 at 3:26 PM

We are looking for an AMP facilitator in the Davenport area. If anyone knows someone who might be interested in the job, please have them go to: to apply.

Dream Seed Scholarship...Apply now!

Posted on 08/13/2018 at 2:44 PM



"Dreams are the whispers of the soul....listen to your soul's whispers, for therein lies your destiny."  ~Nathan Collier

What is the whisper of YOUR soul? The Ames Interfaith Community wants to support your dream. 


WHAT?                          The Dream Seed Scholarship was created by the Ames

                                       Unity Church and funded by the Ames Interfaith

                                       Community to fund the dreams of young people.

                                       It is an investment in your future!                              


AM I ELIGIBLE?           A Dream Seed Scholarship is available to an AMP

                                        youth age 16 and older who is served by one of the 14

                                       AMP Councils across Iowa or an Iowa Aftercare participant.


AMOUNT?                     6 grants of $300 will be awarded in 2018


HOW DO I APPLY?       Complete the Dream Seed Application and send it to:

                                        YSS Family Counseling Center,

                                        125 S. 3rd Street, Ames, IA 50010

                                         Attn: AMP - Terri Bailey

                                         to arrive by September 7, 2018


WHEN WILL I HEAR?   Dream Seed awards will be determined by

                                        September 13, 2018 and you will be notified by

                                        September 20, 2018


THEN WHAT?                You will have between September 30, 2018 and

                                        March 30, 2018 to make significant strides in

                                        reaching your dream.  Press "control P" to print the application.


Dream Seed Announcement


Grant Application


Rev. Deb's Article in the Ames Tribune

Ottumwa Minicamp 8.12.18

Posted on 07/16/2018 at 3:47 PM

Mark your calendars! It's time to re-unite with team building, swimming, camp songs, and a day of minicamp!  Camp will be held on the same camp grounds as Variety AMP Camp, giving you a sneak peak of what next summers camp will look like.  We can't wait to see you! 

Variety AMP Camp Applications are now open!

Posted on 04/09/2018 at 11:34 PM


Still spots open for Variety AMP Camp!  Register as soon as possible if you would like to join us at camp!

AMP is looking for current AMP members age 15 and older, who are interested in becoming leaders in your council as well as your community, to attend 2018 Variety AMP Camp at no cost. Youth that are not current AMP members will also be considered to attend.  Your attendance is based on the application below and your willingness and ability to follow our "Expectations of a 2018 Variety AMP Camper" which is posted on the AMP website (  Please return your completed application to your AMP Facilitator or the YSS Family Counseling Center (Attn: AMP), 125 S. 3rd Street, Ames Iowa 50010 by June 15, 2018.  Fax: 515-233-5865


Expectations of an AMP Camper               Variety AMP Camp Youth Application    
                                                                                  (press control P to print)


AMP is looking for young adults ages 18-22, who have attended Variety AMP Camp a previous year, and are participants in Aftercare, PAL or TLP, to serve as mentors at 2018 Variety AMP Camp. Your attendance is based on the application below and your willingness and ability to follow our "Duties of a 2018 Variety AMP Camp Mentor" which is posted on the AMP website ( There is no charge for your camp attendance as a mentor; you will receive a $200 stipend for your volunteer leadership and be reimbursed your cost to travel to and from camp.  Please return your completed application to your AMP Facilitator, Case Manager, Self-Sufficiency Advocate or the YSS Family Counseling Center (Attn: AMP), 125 S. 3rd Street, Ames Iowa 50010 by June 1, 2018.  Fax: 515-233-5865

Duties of an AMP Mentor                              Variety AMP Camp Mentor Application   
                                                                                      (press control P to print)


We are also looking for 10 AMP youth to be MENTEES IN TRAINING (MIT).  If you have attended camp at least one year and are interested in becoming a mentor in the future, please fill out a mentor application and put MIT at the top.  Mentees will shadow the AMP mentors this year and receive the same training to help assist campers during the 2018 camp.  They will qualify to be full mentors next year at camp if AMP staff approve and they so choose.

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