Bringing together evidence and innovation to improve results

Youth Policy Institute of Iowa (YPII) is a non-profit organization specializing in policies and programs affecting vulnerable and disconnected youth and young adults, especially those who have been involved in child welfare or juvenile justice systems.  We believe that every young person deserves our collective best effort – to craft policies develop strategies, and implement programs that are informed by research, delivered with compassion, and motivated by an ongoing desire to help young people achieve their full potential. 

Director Jerry Foxhoven and
Gabriella San Elias

January 17, 2018
Youth Policy Institute of Iowa met with administrators from the state Department of Human Services, including Director Jerry Foxhoven, to discuss InSights, the Iowa Youth Advocacy Agenda. One of the young people responsible for creating InSights, Gabriella San Elias, led a very powerful discussion involving her experiences while in care. Administrators requested Gabriella return to share her experiences at an upcoming DHS provider meeting.

YPII recognizes the value of authentic youth voice and the importance of building strong youth-adult partnerships to promote positive change.  We empower and support youth to draw from their unique, real-life experiences in order to influence policies and procedures that impact their lives. 


YPII routinely evaluates data to identify key youth issues, monitor outcomes and inform decision-making. This involves secondary analysis of data from various national, state and local sources to help decision-makers understand youth issues and trends. YPII also conducts primary data collection, analysis and reporting of program-level data to assess and improve youth services.


YPII strives for equity and inclusion for all young people. Aware of the disproportionality and disparity in child welfare and other youth-serving systems, we are committed to using a race equity lens in our efforts to reduce disparities and improve outcomes for all young people.