Mentor Iowa Programs:
One-on-One Program: matches a volunteer mentor with a Child in Need of Assistance or (CINA). Mentor Iowa works directly with the Department of Human Services (DHS) with CINA referred by a Juvenile Court Judge.
Early Services Project (ESP): Working with Juvenile Court Services, Orchard Place Child Guidance Center, and the Des Moines Public School District, Mentor Iowa provides mentoring services to children, ages 4 – 11, who have committed a minor delinquent act.
Transition Program: A collaboration with JCS, Des Moines Public School District and Sequel Care. Mentor Iowa provides mentoring services to teens, ages 14 and up, who are reentering the community after an out of home placement due to a crime they committed.
Truancy Court: A collaboration with Truancy Court, Des Moines Public Schools and the Polk County Attorney’s office. Mentor Iowa volunteers are matched with referred middle school students who have a history of truancy.
Youth Justice Initiative (YJI): A partnership with the City of West Des Moines. Mentor Iowa trains YJI volunteer mentors for West Des Moines youth who have committed a delinquent act.
Girl Power: A program for females between the ages of 11 through 16. Girl Power is designed to provide a forum for young women to interact with each other and discuss areas of common concern. Issues addressed include: career exploration, substance use and abuse, gangs and violence and sexuality and healthy decision making. The mentors of these young women are encouraged to participate in the Girl Power program.