OTTUMWA-The Ottumwa AMP (Achieving Maximum Potential) Council will host its yearly state conference at Indian Hills Community College this Saturday from 8:00am to 4:00 pm. This is the 2nd annual “Plugged in and Charging” Conference to be held in Ottumwa.
During the morning, youth with have the opportunity to take a campus tour and then during breakout sessions, youth will have the opportunity to learn about the different courses and programs that Indian Hills has to offer. Following lunch and the Key Note Speaker, breakout sessions will focus on encouraging youth to reach for the stars and carve their own path to a bright future.
The Ottumwa Council of AMP is facilitated by Holly Dommer and Joe Schulz and is a contracted program of American Home Finding. There are over 100 students currently registered for the conference to be held on Saturday. For a lot of these youth this will be the first time they will have had the opportunity to be on a college campus. Dommer stated the planning committee was excited to partner with Indian Hills Community College and motivate the youth to further their education. Most of the youth attending the conference will be first generation college students.
This year’s key note speaker includes Andrew Allen, CEO Youth and Shelter Services, from Ames, Iowa. Youth will also have the opportunity to learn about successfully transitioning to adulthood, funding college, Aftercare Program, Job Corps opportunities and what environment they learn best in.
AMP is a youth-driven, statewide group that seeks to unleash the full potential for personal growth among foster/adoptive and kinship children in Iowa. AMP offers leadership opportunities, service learning projects, speaking opportunities, and educational/ vocational assistance. AMP also provides the life skills youth need to become self-sufficient, independent adults. AMP members are ages 13 and up who have been involved in foster care, adoption or other out-of-home placements.
Summarized by the motto, “Nothing about us, without us,” AMP is a youth engagement program. AMP involves young people as advocates for themselves and as a voice for system-level improvements in child welfare policies and practices. When supported through productive partnerships with adults, youth can be authoritative advocates for making foster care more responsive and effective.
The Ottumwa AMP Council meets twice a month, the early out Wednesday at OHS and the third Sunday of the Month at American Home Finding office. For more information regarding AMP please feel free to contact American Home Finding at 641.682.3449.