BENEFITING: YOUTH AND SHELTER SERVICES INC
ORGANIZER: YOUTH AND SHELTER SERVICES INC
EVENT: 2015 IMT Des Moines Marathon
I will be running the Des Moines Marathon on October 21st, 2012. I hadn't orginially planned on running my first marathon in DSM. However, I was thrilled to discover that by doing so I could support a fabulous non-profit within Polk County.
As many of you know, I will begin teaching at Hiatt Middle School within Des Moines Public this fall. Although my true passion is rooted in the power of education, I recognize that providing a safe and comfortable environment is the first step in achieveing a successful educational experience. Read below for more information on how IHYC makes this happen.
I am VERY excited for the challenge of 26.5 miles-- and even more so now that I have a very important reason to run. Any monetary donation (however small) is much appreciated. Seriously, even a quarter or two a mile would be wonderful.
YOUTH AND SHELTER SERVICES INC wrote -
Iowa Homeless Youth Centers (IHYC) works to eliminate homelessness among children, youth and young mothers in Polk County. With citizen support and assistance, IHYC helps homeless individuals and families live independently and attain self-sufficiency.
Programs offered by for runaway and homeless youth at IHYC include
- Street Outreachwhich goes out every night to locate teens, provide immediate assistance, including shelter, and help them access resources they need.
- Buchanan Transitional Living Centerwhere young men and women ages 16 through 21 begin to learn and practice skills necessary to maintain independent living on their own.
- Lighthouse Host Homewhere young women ages 16 to 25 can live with their children and learn and practice parenting and independent living skills.
- Aftercare. As a result of Reggie's death, Youth & Shelter Services, Inc. (IHYC's parent organization) led the effort to develop the Iowa Aftercare Services Network (IASN) to provide services to those aging out of foster care. Youth who turn 18 and choose to ‘age out’ of the foster care system are referred to case managers from IASN who help them meet education, employment and housing goals.
- Education & Employment Services. All programs are provided with one-on-one assistance regarding education and employment. A Post-Secondary Program also works with youth as they work towards completing thier AA degree.