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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.

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.

Ames Minicamp - March 24, 2018

Posted on 03/12/2018 at 6:39 PM

Ames AMP has cancelled their minicamp for this Saturday March 24th due to the weather report predicting snow and 30 degrees!  We have rescheduled the minicamp for May 5, 2018 and hope for warmer weather so we can enjoy outside activities this spring!  We still plan to attend Reggie's Sleepout at Jack Trice Stadium on Saturday March 24th at 5:00pm.  

Ames AMP Minicamp flyer       

Honoring homeless youth

Reggie’s Sleepout is in honor of Reggie Kelsey, a young man who aged out of the foster care system in 2001, and within three and a half months, was found dead in the Des Moines River.

Reggie had an endearing personality, but suffered from hallucinations and depression. He worried about how he would survive on his own. After being kicked out of his latest foster care placement, Reggie bounced from one shelter to another. He occasionally camped outside while working with the Iowa Homeless Youth Centers’ street outreach staff and others to try to qualify for federal disability payments.

As a result of Reggie’s death, YSS (IHYC’s parent organization), led the effort to develop the Iowa Aftercare Services Network to provide services to those aging out of foster care. The program has since been expanded to include a monthly stipend and additional services.

Reggie’s Sleepout was named in honor of Reggie, and has been held for over a decade in Des Moines at Drake Stadium.

To register for the sleepout  CLICK HERE

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