YSS

Creating hope and opportunity by putting kids first

Ames, IA   |  www.yss.org

Mission

To create hope and opportunity by putting kids first. At YSS, we give children, teens, and young adults the opportunity to find their voice, make healthy choices, feel safe and secure, learn life skills, heal with compassion, grow their confidence, and ultimately—stand strong. Whether we’re providing safe housing and pre- and post-natal care for young mothers, residential addiction treatment for teens, before/after school opportunities for children or counseling for families, our comprehensive network of programs help all youth unlock their potential.

Ruling year info

1976

President & CEO

Andrew Allen

Vice President of Philanthropy and Community Engagement

Chad Vogel

Main address

420 Kellogg Ave

Ames, IA 50010 USA

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EIN

42-1051609

NTEE code info

(Children's and Youth Services) (P30)

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Adolescent Residential Addiction Treatment

YSS Residential Addiction Treatment provides a successful, individualized and evidence-based recovery program for youth (ages 12-18) in a safe, homelike atmosphere.

We understand substance abuse affects more than just the addict, our comprehensive approach incorporates support for the youth’s family and others in their support network.

Population(s) Served

At YSS, Prevention Specialists work to promote substance-free lifestyle choices through education of the health consequences related to using Alcohol, Tobacco, and Other Drug (ATOD) products, availability of cessation services, creation of substance-free policies, and promotion of awareness events. Prevention Specialists are available to provide educational opportunities for community groups and schools about substance-related topics and assist in the development of ATOD-free policies.

Population(s) Served

YSS’s Kids Club program is designed to support healthy development beyond the classroom. Building on your child’s natural desire to learn new things, our programming helps them become more self-reliant.

Our fully-trained, high-quality staff create a nurturing, comfortable and positive environment, allowing children to build positive relationships with caring adults.

Population(s) Served

You have made a positive first step to get help in managing your mental health needs. At YSS Family Counseling & Clinic, we provide a skilled and experienced team of professionals to serve you and your family.

Population(s) Served

Talking to children about child abuse prevention can be challenging for parents. YSS’s Talking About Touching program provides children with the fundamental skills to deal with dangerous situations and supports families and teachers in discussing sensitive, but critical issues with children. This program discusses fire safety, gun safety, bullying, how to ask for help and safe/unsafe touches. It’s designed for children in preschool through second grade and is taught according to the Committee for Children curriculum, which is nationally recognized, research-based and developmentally appropriate. There are up to thirteen 30 minute sessions for each grade level. Talking About Touching is a program developed by the Committee for Children. For more information, please go to their website.

Population(s) Served

https://www.yss.org/program/teens-against-human-trafficking/

Population(s) Served

The YSS Mentoring Program is unique in the communities we serve, with nearly 20 years of successfully matching children and mentors, creating life-changing—and often life-long—relationships.

We hold the distinction of being certified by the Iowa Mentoring Partnership, which requires adherence to strict guidelines and best practices established by MENTOR, the National Mentoring Partnership.

Population(s) Served

Abuse. Neglect. Chaos. Conflict. Many kids escape frightening and often dangerous situations, finding safety and solace at YSS. Our programs offer struggling youth and families, support and direction toward something they may have never experienced - hope.

Population(s) Served

Youth and young adults in Iowa struggle with homelessness for many reasons. They may have aged out of the foster care system, cannot live safely with a parent or family member, or don't have stable living arrangements. Our programs focus on helping these homeless youth - including pregnant or parenting families - to live independently and become self-sufficient.

Often a last resort for runaway and homeless youth, the YSS Transitional Living (TLP) and Supportive Housing Programs (Rapid Rehousing – RRH) help those who are non-system involved, meaning they are not placed or directly supported by any governmental payment agency. A case manager works one-on-one with each client to help them set and achieve educational, employment, and independent living goals.

Population(s) Served

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YSS

Board of directors
as of 03/14/2019
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Gary Botine

Mary Greeley Medical Center