Students of today are the leaders of tomorrow, and in Greater Des Moines (DSM), we equip them with many opportunities to succeed. From education reform to youth leadership initiatives, the community rallies together to create student opportunities that will lift the next generation of learners to newfound heights.
For students who want to pursue higher education after high school graduation, visit the Iowa College Access Network (ICAN) YouTube Channel to check out their tip of the week. Each week ICAN releases a video tip for students preparing for life after high school. Subscribe to the channel today and prepare yourself for a bright future in higher education.
Education Drives Our Greater Economy (EDGE), powered by The Partnership, is a regional campaign with the goal that 75 percent of the region's adults have postsecondary degrees, certificates or other credentials by 2025 to align with workforce needs. Learn more about EDGE.
Youth Leadership Initiative
Youth Leadership Initiative (YLI) introduces, develops and fosters leadership skills among high school sophomores and junior in the region through experiential mentoring and leadership opportunities that enhance self-esteem and encourage involvement in all levels of community life.
Global Youth Connection
Engaging youth with leadership, volunteerism, community resources and career planning, Global Youth Connection's mission is to educate foreign-born high school youth on American culture and to foster social development.
Summer Youth Experience Program
Des Moines Area Community College’s Summer Youth Experience Program (SYEP) seeks to make a difference for local youth by providing them with work-readiness training and workplace experience. Participants are placed with an area employer for eight weeks. During this time, youth receive support from SYEP through their SYEP mentor and weekly cohort meetings. The program is open to ages 14 to 21.
Iowa College Access Network
The mission of the Iowa College Access Network (ICAN) is to help prepare students for future success. ICAN's mission is to empower Iowans to achieve their educational and career goals through statewide comprehensive outreach, initiatives and partnerships with schools, groups and businesses. ICAN helps nearly 800,000 students, parents and education professionals prepare for college each year. ICAN’s team of Student Success Advisors work directly with Iowa students and their families to help them plan for a career and college, file for financial aid, master their financial situation and more.
For more information, contact Mary Bontrager, Executive Vice President of Talent Development, at (515) 286-4957.