Youth & Shelter Services, Inc.


Help Recognize Deserving Leaders in Family Empowerment & Youth Leadership!

Now is the time to nominate someone to receive this year's LIFE Award or Youth Leadership Award. Nominations must be presented on an official nomination form which can be printed off this page by following the relevant links. Or we will mail you a form if you call and leave your name and mailing address: 515-233-3141.  The deadline for nominations is March 6th.

Margaret Hess L.I.F.E. Award (Leadership in Family Empowerment)

Nominees may be from anywhere in Iowa. Your nominee must:

  • Provide outstanding service to Iowa families
  • Demonstrate a history of child and family advocacy
  • Display leadership, courage, & compassion for children & their families
  • Show respect for the diversity that typifies today's family
  • Donate volunteer time, money to improve services to children families.

Click Here to download the nomination form.

Youth Leadership Award

Nominees may be any Iowa youth (14-18). Your nominee must:

  • Demonstrate positive role modeling
  • Communicate effectively
  • Participate in service to their community
  • Speak on behalf of youth
  • Participate in youth/adult partnerships
  • Serve in a leadership role in their school or community

Click Here to download the nomination form.

Mail completed Nomination Forms to:

Risky Business Conference Committee
Youth and Shelter Services, Inc.
P.O. Box 1628
Ames, IA 50010

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