teensMaking a difference for Iowa's Youth

The Youth Policy Institute of Iowa (YPII) is a leader in promoting policies and practices that make a difference in the lives of youth. As a non-profit intermediary organization, YPII partners with a wide variety of youth-serving organizations and public agencies to develop, evaluate, and expand services and opportunities for youth in Iowa. Positive youth development and authentic youth engagement are hallmarks of our approach to creating positive change.

Whether you are a policymaker, youth agency administrator, or front-line youth worker, we believe that every youth we impact deserves our collective best effort – to craft policies, develop strategies, and implement programs that are informed by research, delivered with compassion, and motivated by an ongoing desire to help young people achieve their full potential.

October 2, 2015
YPII has received a grant to develop and advocate for policy embedding normalcy principles into state law as part of Iowa’s implementation of the Preventing Sex Trafficking and Strengthening Families Act. [Read more]

September 21, 2015
YPII has expanded staff to meet the ongoing needs of youth transitioning from adolescence to adulthood, particularly those who have been involved in child welfare (foster care) or juvenile justice systems. [Read more]




We believe that the best ideas, policies and services for young people come through collaboration among multiple stakeholders - including youth themselves. YPII brings together people and ideas to develop innovative solutions and facilitates processes to leverage and expand resources for youth.


Much is known about high quality youth programming and effective youth work practice. YPII has been instrumental in bringing that knowledge and related tools to Iowa through youth program quality assessments and youth development training. We are continually working to identify and share information and resources on best practices that can be implemented in Iowa.

Monitoring the delivery and effectiveness of youth services is essential to improving programs and informing policy. YPII works with public and private agencies and systems to develop manageable data collection processes and evaluate key youth outcomes.