Achieving Maximum Potential (AMP)
“Nothing About Us, Without Us”
Achieving Maximum Potential (AMP) was started in 2012. AMP is a youth-driven, statewide group that seeks to unleash the full potential for personal growth among foster and adoptive children, age 13 and older, in Iowa. AMP members have been involved in foster care, adoption or other out-of-home placements. AMP offers leadership opportunities, service learning projects, speaking opportunities, and educational/vocational assistance. AMP also provides the life skills youth need to become self-sufficient, independent adults.
Young House has partnered with Youth and Shelter Services (YSS) of Ames, IA and six other well respected providers as a collaborative effort in a statewide foster care youth engagement. For more information about the AMP Program and their locations visit their official website.
After Care Services (ACS)
After Care Services (ACS) and Preparation for Adult Living (PAL) started in 2006. ACS and PAL provides services for youth who have aged out of foster care. The Iowa Aftercare Services Network (IASN) is a statewide network that helps address the needs of young adults who are on their own. Resources and support are provided in five key areas: education, employment, housing, health and relationships. For more information about the services visit their official website.
Opportunity Passport™ is a package of resources aimed at advancing the economic well-being of young people transitioning from foster care to adulthood. These resources provide Financial Capability Training, experience with the banking system through a personal savings account, and matched savings of $1 for $1 (up to $1,000 a year). During Financial Capability Training participants will learn how to manage money, develop good credit, and set financial goals. After the training, participants will open an Opportunity Passport savings account.
Opportunity Passport™ was developed by the Jim Casey Youth Opportunities Initiative. You can learn more about this opportunity along with other initiatives and projects at the Youth Policy Institute of Iowa.
To become an Opportunity Passport™ participant in your community, please fill out the appropriate Eligibility and Enrollment Forms and submit them to your assigned community contact at Young House Family Services.