A world where youth are valued and empowered to stand strong.

Our Impact

  • 345 kids were paired with a mentor
  • 639 youth in Des Moines benefitted from outreach services
  • Treatment services provided 13,820 counseling sessions
  • 6279 families served
*2017 Data

Our Mission

To create hope and opportunity by putting kids first.

Our Core Values

Commitment + Collaboration + Compassion + Innovation + Integrity + “Can Do” Spirit

 

Our Leadership

The YSS leadership team represents a diverse array of specialties and expertise, with an overarching commitment to our mission of creating hope and opportunity by putting kids first.

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Andrew Allen

CEO

aallen@yss.org

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Jane Adams

YSS of Hamilton County Director

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David Hicks

YSS of Marshall County Director

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Toby O’berry

Iowa Homeless Youth Centers & Transitional Services Director

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Gerri Bugg

Community Youth & Family Development Director

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Sarah Mowery

Development Director

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Terri Johanson

Child Welfare & Transitional Services Division Director

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Jason Haglund

Prevention and Treatment Division Director

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Belinda Meis

Director of Strategy and Operations

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Anna Andrews

Human Resources Director

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Tina Palmer

YSS of Boone County Center Manager

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Chad Vogel

VP of Development and Community Engagement

Andrew Allen

President & Chief Executive Officer

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Jane Adams

YSS of Hamilton County Director

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David Hicks

YSS of Marshall County Director

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Toby O’berry

Iowa Homeless Youth Centers & Transitional Services Director

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Gerri Bugg

Community Youth & Family Development Director

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Sarah Mowery

Development Director

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Terri Johanson

Child Welfare & Transitional Services Division Director

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Jason Haglund

Prevention and Treatment Division Director

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Belinda Meis

Director of Strategy and Operations

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Anna Andrews

Human Resources Director

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Tina Palmer

YSS of Boone County Center Manager

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Chad Vogel

VP of Development and Community Engagement

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Our Boards

Judy Albritton

Boone Middle School

Nahla Atroon

Youth Representative

Jim Black

James R. Black & Associates

Gary Botine

Mary Greeley Medical Center

Martino Harmon

Iowa State University

Tim Day

Iowa State University

Sonya Fox

Hamilton Funeral Home

Matthew Gogerty

Corporate Communications

Patrick Kremer

Marshall/Hardin County Advisory Board

Eileen Patterson

Iowa State University

Randi Peters

VenuWorks

Mike Phillips

Greater Iowa Credit Union

Monica Porter

ISU Foundation (Retired)

Keith Robinder

Iowa State University

Julie Huisman

Suzy Shierholz

Story County Community Foundation (Retired)

Brian Torresi

Davis Brown Law Firm

Austin Woodin

Edward Jones

Connie Ingraham

Webster Custom Meats

Lindsey Long

Iowa State Athletics Development

Judy Albritton

Boone Middle School

Jim Baker

McDonald's Restaurants

Jim Black

James R. Black & Associates

Rod Copple

Green Hills Community (Life Care Services)

 

Barb Franzen

Business Owner and Banker (Retired)

Kim Houston

Burke Corporation

John Kinley

School Administrator (Retired)

Sophia Magill

ISU Federal Relations

 

Cliff McClure

Meadowbrook Builders LLC

 

Victoria Ostendorf

Youth Representative

John Russell

Bankers Trust

 

Charles Small

Iowa State University

Vicki Sukup

 

Keith Swanson

Morgan Stanley Private Wealth Management

 

Rosa Unal

ISU Foundation

Mary Wells

Principal (Retired)

Karen Wickert

Chemist (Retired)

 

Boone County

Judy Albritton

Deanna Anderson

Carolyn Finnestad

Lorraine Hamel

Sandi Johnson

Robin Jones

Leone Junck

Kameryn Newcomb

Deb Nugent

Joyce Peterson

Joseph Russell

Geralyn Timm

Judy Tungesvik

Gregg Williams

*Emeritus:

Marlene Moffitt

Gloria Stearns

Hamilton County

Sonia Rodriquez

Marian Johnson

Doug Bailey

Kathy Birkestrand

Ron Birkestrand

Barb Franzen

Logan Welch

Connie Ingraham

Jean Kayser

Thomas McLaughlin

Gayle Olson

Francis Lauer

Youth Services

Raymond Beebe

Laura Olander

Jennifer White

Regan Banks

Shannon Wooge

Tracy Worley

Tracy Wynn

Eve Zimmerman

Jesse Watters

Pat Tomson

Marshall County

Amber Danielson

Meri Edel

Kaylee Howe

Patrick Kremer

Fred Lembke

Norma Meade

Guadalupe Merlos Garcia

Amy Pieper

Mike Tupper

Chris Vaughn

Eastern Story County

Meagan Ausborn-Henderson

Chris Brandes

Kim Houston

Eileen Patterson

Sue Seaton

Phelan Birchmier

Ricardo Martinez

Stephanie Spence

Iowa Homeless Youth Centers

Marcy Baker

Joseph Barrett

Judy Blank

Gina Christian

Sonny Fox

Mark Linder

Angela Lose

Cliff McClure

Lori Neely

Mary Oliver

Amy Oliver-Peters

Erin Peterson

Mary Sheka

Jeremy Staun

Betty Torgerson

Libby Zaletel

Joe Tallman

Laura Jontz

*Emeritus:

Marguerite Boss

Linda Cowger-Russel

Lois Ichelson

Gene Loverink

Michael Myszewski

David Repp

Dave Vaudt

Dee Wright

Careers

If you’re interested in helping children, youth and their families have a brighter future, you may be a good fit for YSS. Whether you’re a seasoned professional, or just getting started, there are many rewarding positions available across the state. View current openings, learn more about our benefits and apply today.

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A Brief History

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Locations

No matter where you are in Iowa, we’re here to help. Use the map below to find a YSS location near you.