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June 19, 2017
Youth Policy Institute of Iowa receives Pregnancy Prevention and Parenting Support Grant from the Annie E. Casey Foundation
The Youth Policy Institute of Iowa (YPII) has received a 2017 Pregnancy Prevention and Parenting Support Grant Award from the Annie E. Casey Foundation. YPII will utilize the funds to conduct research to inform policies and make program and practice recommendations related to early pregnancies and parenting among youth in and alumni of foster care. [Read more]   

April 17, 2017
Ending Youth Homelessness in Polk County
The Youth Policy Institute of Iowa (YPII) is pleased to join Iowa Homeless Youth Centers (IHYC) and the Polk County Continuum of Care Board in a collaborative project to develop a comprehensive plan to end youth homelessness in Polk County.  The Mid-Iowa Health Foundation recently awarded a $50,000 HealthConnect Innovation grant to Iowa Homeless Youth Centers to make the project possible. [Read more]

April 5, 2017
Opportunity Passport Aims to Teach Financial Literacy to Foster Kids

WHOTV -- Many kids in foster care will face challenges that their peers will not. If bouncing from home to home was not tough enough, many of their biggest battles come after they age out of the system. [Read more]

March 20, 2017
Youth Rate Foster Care a 6.6 on a 10-Point Scale
Young people attending the AMP “Plugged In and Charging” conference on February 17, 2017 were given the opportunity to share their perceptions of Iowa’s foster care system.  Results of a short survey, developed by the Youth Policy Institute of Iowa (YPII), provides a snapshot of young people’s satisfaction with the system. 
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February 24, 2017 
Thirty IASN staff members attended The Neurobiology of Trauma and Implications for Healing at Grandview College, Des Moines, Iowa, sponsored by Youth Policy Institute of Iowa. The presenter, Dr. Janine D'Anniballe, is a licensed psychologist and a nationally recognized expert who specializes in the areas of neurobiology of trauma, vicarious trauma and treatment for survivors. The presentation included understanding secondary trauma and strategies for self-care. 

January 30, 2017
Youth From Around the State Participate in Youth Leadership Training

Seven young people from Des Moines, Cedar Rapids, Story City and Marshalltown participated in a leadership workshop hosted by Youth Policy Institute of Iowa (YPII) in partnership with Achieving Maximum Potential (AMP) this past December in Des Moines.  The youth, all members of AMP, Iowa’s State Foster Care Youth Council, have had direct experience with Iowa’s foster care system and came to the workshop to build their messaging and leadership skills. The workshop focused on preparing these young people to present issues from their 2017 AMP legislative agenda to state legislators and policy makers at AMP Day on the Hill January 23, 2017. [Read more]

January 11, 2016
US: After 20 Years, Young Man Leaves Foster Care On His Own Terms (Includes audio)
Youth Radio

When Noel Anaya was just a year old, he and his five brothers and sisters were placed in the California foster care system. He has spent nearly all of his life in that system and has just turned 21. In California, that's the age when people in foster care "age out" of the system and lose the benefits the system provides. That process becomes official at a final court hearing. Anaya, along with Youth Radio, got rare permission to record the proceeding, where he read a letter he wrote about his experience in the foster care systems. [Read more].


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Kick-off meeting to begin "Ending Youth Homelessness in Polk County" [From left to right] Carol Behrer and Andrea Dencklau (YPII), Mark Phillips (Polk County Continuum of Care Board), Suzanne Mineck and Denise Swartz (Mid-Iowa Health Foundation), Toby O’Berry (Iowa Homeless Youth Center)

Dr. Janine D'Anniballe, and Courtney Clement, Youth Policy Institute of Iowa Research Associate and event organizer.

The Neurobiology of Trauma training on February 24, 2017.

IASN Outcomes Report 2014 2016 IASN Annual Report