YSS


At YSS we empower youth by providing education to build healthy minds and bodies; counseling to overcome life's challenges; and stability to focus on the future.

Help us create hope and opportunity for youth and families in Iowa! 

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Open Volunteer Opportunities

Ames - Strengthening Families Weekend

Strengthening Families Weekend | June 2024 | Ames

Volunteers help in a variety of ways from food prep, supervising children's group, and clean-up. The Strengthening Families Weekend gives families tools to support their child on the journey of sobriety for clients of the YSS Ember Recovery program.

Teen Club Volunteer - Maxwell and Colo school districts

Impact volunteers have a genuine interest working with youth, are patient and positive, engage in activities, and help youth develop positive peer and adult relationships by being a positive role model.

Shifts: MTR: 3:30pm-5:00pm | W: 1:30pm-5:00pm
Locations: Collins-Maxwell School and Colo-Nesco School

Impact Teen Club is a youth-driven program that promotes leadership opportunities, youth voice & choice, skill building activities, reflection, and relationships for 6th-8th graders in Collins-Maxwell and Colo-Nesco schools. A typical day starts after school with homework and snack, group game, and TOP lesson or Community Service Learning project. 

 

 

Kids Club Volunteer - Story and Boone County School Districts

Kids Club Volunteer

Kids Club volunteers are passionate about caring for children grades K-6th. Volunteers spend time with children in an after-school setting, assisting with recreational activities, helping with homework, and other activities planned by the Kids Club staff (arts and crafts, board games, etc.) Volunteers are encouraged to share their talents and expertise.

Skills

  • Passionate about children
  • Enjoy playing games and leading activities
  • Excellent communication skills to children

Details and Hours

  • School year schedule (September – May)
    • Monday – Friday
    • Shifts are flexible (3:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.)
    • Possible Wednesday early out schedule (1:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.)
    • Minimum commitment of 1 shift/week for 6 weeks
  • Summer schedule (June – August)
    • Monday – Friday
    • Shifts are flexible (8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.)
    • Minimum commitment of 1 shift/week for 6 weeks

Location

Boone County Schools: Boone, Madrid, Ogden, and United
Story County Schools: Ballard, Gilbert (K-2nd & 3rd-6th), and Story City

 

Des Moines - Reggie's Sleepout

Get involved with our signature fundraiser: Reggie's Sleepout! Held at Drake Stadium in the fall, Reggie's Sleepout raises awareness for youth homelessness, and money to provide programming to homeless youth. Reggie's Sleepout will be held in October 2024.

Visit www.yss.org/rso to learn more.

Des Moines - Serving Meals

Work alongside our Meal Program Manager to prepare and serve meals at our Youth Opportunity Center - 612 Locust in Des Moines. Meals are served at 12:00PM for lunch and 5:00PM for dinner. 

Volunteer hours (flexible): 10:30AM - 12:30 PM or 3:30PM - 5:30PM Monday - Friday
Volunteer group size: 1-4 volunteers

Events

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Holiday Adopt-A-Family Drop Off 1

YSS Mission Statement

The mission of YSS is to create hope and opportunity by putting kids first.
 
We empower youth by providing education to build healthy minds and bodies; counseling to overcome life's challenges; and stability to focus on the future.