YouthPort Updates

National Youth of the Year

YouthPort partner, Boys & Girls Clubs of Cedar Rapids, prepares our community’s school age youth for great futures! One program of many that contributes to their success is the National Youth of the Year program. High School youth prepare a presentation telling about their personal brand including how the Club has impacted them, how they […]

Building an Inclusive Community

Join us on Wednesday, June 21st for Building an Inclusive Community! Building an Inclusive Community is an informational training opportunity bringing education and awareness for providers working with diverse populations in the Cedar Rapids community. The information provided in this training will include topics related to Immigration Statistics & Trends, Rules & Regulations for Refugees and Others, Implicit Bias […]

Imagination Foundation

Imagination Foundation

It’s a blustery Thursday afternoon in January, but the 15 students at Hoover Elementary School’s Imagination Foundation program don’t mind at all.  Kelly McMahon, a member of Hoover’s teaching staff, enters the room with a box of snacks for the kids.  “Watch me Whip!” to which the kids respond with a quick “Now watch me […]

Our Impact

  • Diane Landrus – Young Parents Network Volunteer

    “I have never ever walked out of here regretting coming.  Ever.  It’s so rewarding to be a part of this.  I am just very fortunate to have this opportunity.“

    Watch Diane’s Story

    - Diane Landrus – Young Parents Network Volunteer
  • Heather – Young Parents Network Mom

    “You feel comfortable as a person coming to them with problems you may have.   I’ll call if I have anything I need and they’re always very willing to help.  It’s nice to have that network of people around you.”

    Watch Heather’s Story

    - Heather – Young Parents Network Mom
  • Bart – Boys & Girls Club Volunteer

    “You come to something like this hoping you can help, assuming that maybe you can be a good role model or have some impact and I’m convinced that I get more out of this than any of the kids do.  It’s the highlight of my week”

    Watch Bart’s Story

    - Bart – Boys & Girls Club Volunteer
  • Miguel – Young Parents Network Dad

    “The most important thing I learned here at YPN is first of all, patience.  You’ve got to be very, very patient and that takes a lot of skill.  I’m still working on that.  I learned that, your kids, they think you’re the coolest person in the world.  That’s basic and my job is to live up to that standard from the time they’re born to hopefully all the time.”

    Watch Miguel’s Story

    - Miguel – Young Parents Network Dad
  • Abbie and Allison – Boys and Girls Club

    “I love coming here.  I hate it when I miss a day because then I don’t get to see my friends who come here.  What I like about YouthPort is we come and have a good time.  We are safe and I think that’s a good environment for all of us to be in.”

    Watch Abbie and Allison’s story

    - Abbie and Allison – Boys and Girls Club
  • Travon Jackson – age 13, Polk Unit

    “I started coming to my Club four years ago because my mom wanted me to be off the streets after school.  Having been from Chicago, it was important for me to have something different to do and to be away from the wrong crowd of people.  I like the sports program because we get to play dodgeball and basketball.  I also like the art program, especially painting.  There are two staff members who have been influential in my life since I started coming to the Club.  Ms. Iris has influenced me because she taught me to be a leader and not to follow the crowd.  Jerome has also been influential because he is fun to hang out with.”

    - Travon Jackson – age 13, Polk Unit
  • Terrance Wilson – age 9, Taylor Unit

    “I started coming to my Club two years ago because both of my parents work and I needed a safe place to go after school.  My favorite activity at my Club is Toyota Financial Services Day because the staff and volunteers always come up with a fun theme and have fun activities for us to do all afternoon. Emma would be the staff who has been most influential for me because she always helps me.  She also made me feel good by choosing me for the member spotlight.”

     

    - Terrance Wilson – age 9, Taylor Unit
  • Tanager Place Family

    “There are no words to express how grateful we are for all of the Tanager staff’s time, help, wisdom, listening ears and encouragement. Each and every one has touched our son’s life in one way or another and will never ever be forgotten.”

    - Tanager Place Family
  • Tanager Place Family

    “Our daughter is ever changing in her physical and psychological needs.  Our counselor is always one step ahead in projecting her needs and how to meet them.  Our daughter says that she is “very nice and helpful and explains things to me.”

    - Tanager Place Family
  • Barb Appleget, We Care Shop

    “I feel blessed to be able to help the young families at YPN; whether it’s helping with gifts for the holidays, being able to listen to women talk about furthering their education or being able to work with such caring staff all these years.”

    - Barb Appleget, We Care Shop