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February 1, 2018
Results Count™

The Youth Policy Institute of Iowa is one of four Jim Casey Youth Opportunities Initiative sites selected to participate in the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s Results Count™ Program in 2018.  This highly-regarded leadership program enables selected teams to identify the unique and powerful contributions they can make to achieve a shared result. [Read more]

January 31, 2018
Ending Youth Homelessness in Polk County
Youth Policy Institute of Iowa presents Ending Youth Homelessness: A Plan to Ensure Housing Safety and Stability for Youth and Young Adults Experiencing Homelessness in Polk County on behalf of the Polk County Continuum of Care Board (CoCB) and Iowa Homeless Youth Centers (IHYC). The plan represents months’ worth of discussion and ideas, data analysis, and examination of best practices from a wide range of stakeholders with commitment and guidance from youth, direct service providers, funders, and policy makers.  

Andrea Dencklau, Senior Policy Associate at YPII, facilitated the community planning process and synthesized input from dozens of stakeholders to craft the strategies and activities included in the plan. “Our work does not end with the completion of this plan, in fact it is just beginning” commented Dencklau when the plan was finalized and presented to the CoCB. A newly formed Implementation Team, under the CoCB, will be responsible for maintaining momentum on the plan’s strategies, tracking and communicating progress, and convening stakeholders as needed. [Plan Summary]

January 17, 2018
InSights: An Iowa Youth Advocacy Agenda
The Youth Policy Institute of Iowa was honored to support young leaders in the development of InSights: An Iowa Youth Advocacy Agenda. InSights presents the views of young people who have experienced foster care, and offers their recommendations for positive changes to Iowa’s child welfare system.

Youth offer a number of recommendations related to both policy and practice changes. Key legislators were provided a copy of InSights at the beginning of this year’s session. Among the issues included in the Advocacy Agenda that require legislative action are:

Youth are anxious to share their perspectives with those who can help facilitate change. Youth Policy Institute of Iowa met with administrators from the state Department of Human Services, including Director Jerry Foxhoven, to discuss InSights. One of the young people responsible for creating InSights, Gabriella San Elias, led a very powerful discussion involving her experiences while in care.

October 25, 2017
Mid-Iowa Health Foundation Announces Inaugural Cohort for HealthConnect Fellowship
Foundation Welcomes Andrea Dencklau as Fellow
Mid-Iowa Health Foundation is pleased to welcome Andrea Dencklau, senior policy associate for the Youth Policy Institute of Iowa, into the inaugural cohort of the Mid-Iowa Health Foundation’s HealthConnect Fellowship. She is one of seven fellows selected to participate in this unique initiative, which brings together leaders in the community to advance the upstream system level changes necessary to more adequately address social determinants of children’s health. [Read more]

June 19, 2017
Youth Policy Institute of Iowa receives Pregnancy Prevention and Parenting Support Grant from the Annie E. Casey Foundation
The Youth Policy Institute of Iowa (YPII) has received a 2017 Pregnancy Prevention and Parenting Support Grant Award from the Annie E. Casey Foundation. YPII will utilize the funds to conduct research to inform policies and make program and practice recommendations related to early pregnancies and parenting among youth in and alumni of foster care. [Read more]   


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January 31, 2018
What Do Youth Who Are Homeless Need? And How Far Am I Willing To Go To Help?

By Andrea Dencklau (pictured), HealthConnect Fellow, Youth Policy Institute of Iowa