Communications Fellow - YSS

Location: Ames, IA Dates: September 23 - December 13, 2019

Compensation: $575/week stipend, up to 5% bonus Deadline: July 21, 2019


Future Leaders In Action Overview:

FLIA cultivates leaders and strengthens youth-oriented nonprofits and organizations through a fellowship program. Fellows, individuals interested in entering the social sector, work on-site full-time at a partner nonprofit to develop or implement a pre-determined enrichment program.

Throughout the fellowship, fellows gain various professional skills including fundraising, communication, program development,  in a fast-paced, hands-on learning environment.


YSS Overview: 

Founded in 1976 as Iowa’s first homeless shelter specifically for youth, over the years YSS programs have expanded to help kids, adolescents, young adults, and their families throughout every stage of childhood and beyond. Through a network of six community based centers located in Boone, Cerro Gordo, Hamilton, Marshall, Polk, and Story Counties, YSS provides prevention, treatment, transition, and child welfare services to youth and families in Iowa. Today, YSS is a vast organization helping transform the lives of more than 6,000 individuals annually through the programs and over 10,000 individuals through the education services. 

Program Overviews (Related to Fellowship Opportunity):

Achieving Maximum Potential (AMP)

Achieving Maximum Potential (AMP) is a statewide group that seeks to unleash the full potential for personal growth among foster and adoptive children, age 13 and older, in Iowa. In addition to providing the life skills youth need to become healthy, independent adults, AMP also offers valuable leadership opportunities for foster care children, service learning projects through youth/adult partnerships in the community, speaking opportunities for youth (including sharing of their own stories), educational/vocational assistance, and peer-to-peer understanding, support and encouragement.

The Fellow will develop the plan for marketing existing DVDs / Digital PSAs to help provide hope to kids in foster care, serve as a way to say “thank you” to foster parents, and help recruit new foster parent families.

Teens Against Human Trafficking (TAHT)

Teens Against Human Trafficking (TAHT) is a statewide initiative to raise awareness about human trafficking, especially as it relates to kids and teens. Staff present tailored presentations to middle schools, high schools, law enforcement, medical professionals, religious institutions, and communities across Iowa.

This program lost nearly all of its funding earlier this year to where most of the staff doing the presentations and awareness campaigns are no longer able to continue presenting to Iowans. This program has years of materials, data, presentations, and resources stored on YSS servers. Historically, TAHT reached over 10,000 individuals annually and assisted Middle Schools and High Schools by helping students start and maintain “Teens Against Human Trafficking” school clubs. The online toolkit this Fellow will assist with creating will provide references and resources for Iowans in lieu of the presentations.


Position Overview and Responsibilities:

You will ...

  • Develop online toolkit for TAHT as a resource for Iowans and TAHT school groups

    • Work with program and marketing staff to identify content, materials, and reformat or redesign materials to fit the website’s specifications as needed

    • Create the online toolkit and work with the marketing department to finalize and publish the website/toolkit

    • Develop sustainability plan for upkeep and maintenance of website long term

  • Develop plan for promotion of AMP materials

    • Identify statewide and local entities accepting and promoting DVDs / PSAs

    • Develop the plan for marketing the DVDs

  • Attend a pre-fellowship training retreat in Chicago, IL from September 23-27, 2019 (expenses covered)

  • Fundraise $500 (with guidance from FLIA)

  • Actively participate in weekly FLIA professional development responsibilities including check-in calls

  • Write two blog articles

  • Complete final report and video


Position Qualifications:

  • Comfortable working with youth

  • Commitment to continuous professional improvement and reflection

  • Resourcefulness and initiative

  • Passionate about the social sector

  • Use patience and tolerance to address problems

  • Demonstrate integrity

  • Demonstrate ability to work independently and in a team


The selected candidate will be required to pass a criminal background check and/or fingerprinting.