AmeriCorps Mentoring Program

AmeriCorps - Iowa logoIDPH AmeriCorps Mentoring Program Overview

The Iowa Department of Public Health AmeriCorps Mentoring Program is a statewide initiative through the Division of Behavioral Health, Bureau of Substance Abuse. This program focuses on building capacity and sustainability in youth serving mentoring programs. Members are placed at mentoring programs statewide to help strengthen the areas of building community partnerships, mentor/mentee recruitment, mentor/mentee or parent training, curriculum development and sustainability planning.

What are AmeriCorps Programs?

AmeriCorps engages more than 75,000 Americans in intensive service each year at nonprofits, schools, public agencies, and community and faith-based groups across the country.
Since the program’s founding in 1994, more than 900,000 AmeriCorps members have contributed more than 1.2 billion hours in service across America while tackling pressing problems and mobilizing millions of volunteers for the organizations they serve. AmeriCorps programs do more than move communities forward; they serve their members by creating jobs and providing pathways to opportunity for young people entering the workforce. AmeriCorps places thousands of young adults into intensive service positions where they learn valuable work skills, earn money for education, and develop an appreciation for citizenship.

IDPH AmeriCorps Funded Programs

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northeast Iowa
Katie Orlando, Executive Director
2530 University Avenue, Suite 8
Waterloo, Iowa 50701

Burlington Community School District
Cassie Gerst, Outreach & 21st Century Grant Coordinator
Burlington Community School District
1429 West Avenue Burlington, IA 52601
319-753-2211 Ext. 1054

Community Youth Concepts
Amy Croll, Executive Director Community Youth Concepts
1446 Martin Luther King Jr Pkwy
Des Moines, IA 50314

Helping Services for Northeast Iowa
Tessa Willie, Director, Prevention Services
P. O. Box 372
Decorah, IA 52101

Everybody Wins! Iowa
Karen Ligas, Executive Director
P.O. Box 691
Des Moines, Iowa 50303

New Opportunities
Christy Jenkins, Prevention Director
23751 Highway 30 East
P.O. Box 427
Carroll, IA 51401
712-792-9266 Ext. 601

Mills County Public Health
Julie Lynes, Family Centered Services Director
P.O. Box 209
Glenwood, IA 51551

Please contact Amanda McCurley, AmeriCorps Project Director, at 515-281-6283 for additional information.