Happenings - AMP | Achieving Maximum Potential



April 28th, 2015 


Risky Business Conference



During the 2015 Risky Business Conference AMP youth had the chance to participate in many different activities, and talks throughout the day. These subjects included life skill building, human trafficking, drugs and their effects, further education etc. AMP youth were well represented throughout the whole state, and they love having the chance to learn and catch up with other council's youth! 


March 8th and April 19th 


DSM Art Center Experience


AMP youth meet once a month at the Art Center and during the March and April months they had the chance to create art from art they had made in the past. At the last Reggie's Sleepout, the youth created postcards that displayed the art they made regarding their experiences in out of home placements. AMP made copies of these postcards, and the youth then made them into flowers, that were inspired by a famous sculpture, while at the DSM art center. They also made flowers out of garbage bags, or "the luggage of foster care" and other materials. They were then displayed at Risky Business on the AMP table, and will eventually be made into a mural. 


January 2nd, 2015


LGBTQ Art Experience with Sarah Hill


With the help of Sarah Hill, an LGBTQ artist and teacher from Austin, Texas, AMP youth were able to complete an art project displaying their feelings as LGBTQ. They learned about different types of art, wrote, painted, talked, but most importantly spent a day together with other AMP youth from all over the state. They met the same weekend in Eldora and Sarah assisted them with an art experience as well.  They were helped by AMP facilitators, interns, and even AMP alumni came to help with the project. The finished project is displayed in the Family Life Center outside of the AMP office. 

October 26th, 2014

Iowa KidsNet,  AMP-Achieving Maximum Potential, the NationalCenter for Adoption, and Youth & Shelter Services have joined efforts to raise awareness about adoption by organizing the second annual Gingerbread Run/Walk for Adoption. The 5K run/walk will be held at 1:30 p.m., Sunday, October 26, 2014, at Ada Hayden Park (5205 Grand Avenue) in Ames.

Adoption promotion is important because in the United States, approximately 2.4 million people are adopted and 101,719 children are waiting to be adopted from foster care. Moreover, millions of individuals are interested in adopting infants, but only 12,000 infant adoptions occur each year.

The goal of this walk/run is to celebrate adoptive parents, birth parents who make an adoption plan, and individuals who are adopted/waiting to be adopted. We also wish to call attention to these current Iowa facts:

•           approximately 880 youth are legally eligible for adoption from foster care, and

•           more foster parents are needed.

Register online at www.racesonline.com (keyword: adoption). All participants who have registered may purchase a T-shirt, subject to size availability, and will receive a bag containing promotional items and three ticket stubs for their choice of snacks (water, coffee, hot chocolate, bananas, bagels, or gingerbread cookies) following the race.

These age categories will be awarded first place medals for runners (male and female): 14 & Under, 15-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60+.

Walkers are welcome to walk any distance and families are encouraged to attend.

For further information, contact AMP Coordinator, Ruth Buckels at 515-460-4802 or contact her by email at rbuckels@yss.ames.ia.us, or visit the YSS website at www.yss.org


How You Can Help!

Allow us to speak at your next event
AMP youth have a compelling story to share. Please consider having them speak at your next luncheon, meeting or event.
Share a skill, talent, or hobby
The majority of youth who reach adulthood while in foster care do not get the chance to develop critical life skills - skills that enable others their age to succeed. Please consider sharing your skills and knowledge with our young people. You can help them build a resume, fill out a car loan or college application, or understand personal finances, to name a few.
Donate a service or a product
Teens leaving foster care have many needs that other teens coming of age are provided by their biological families. Furnishings, sheets, blankets, personal hygiene products, cleaning supplies, towels, kitchen supplies and more are all items these youth will need to live independently.


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