Youth & Shelter Services, Inc.

Boone County

Youth & Shelter Services of Boone County
Serving Iowa Youth and Families in Boone and Greene Counties
Contact Information
105 South Marshall Street
515-433-2091 between 8:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.
FAX: 515-432-7657
24-hour Help phone line 1-800-600-2330
Individual, family and group counseling help youth and their families deal with problems related to school, family communication, running away, involvement with the law, conflict with peers, physical and sexual abuse, depression and special individual concerns.

For special needs, individual counseling may be the most helpful.  We also see parents individually if they have parenting concerns.

Frequently we involve both youth and parents in counseling.  Sometimes extended family or a close family friend are also included.  This type of counseling encourages the family to work together, like a team, to resolve problems.

Group counseling, through the Healthy Choices Program, offers a unique opportunity to enhance personal and interpersonal growth through peer interaction, role modeling, group exercises, and feedback.  Adolescents, 12 to 17, address problems, using a solution-focused, task-oriented model.  Group counseling may be used as an adjunct with other YSS services.
Referral Process
Referrals may come from any concerned person, including youth, parents, school personnel, attorneys, clergy, Juvenile Court, and Dept. of Human Services.
Counseling Center
105 South Marshall Street, Boone, IA  50036
Student Assistance Counseling
Because we know the consequences of alcohol and other drugs on academic and personal growth, we are dedicated to providing programs in chemical education and early intervention in substance abuse and dependency in the public middle and high schools.  Our Student Assistance Counselors provide substance abuse assessments, individual, group and family counseling, education about chemical dependency and informal training for school staff.  We also refer students to other agencies for additional services.  The Student Assistance Counselors hold all information confidential.  Nothing is placed in student records.
Student Groups
Concerned Persons Group helps students cope with the chemical abuse of a family member or close friend.
Chemical Awareness Education increases knowledge of chemical use and its effects.
Recovery Group helps chemically dependent students resist pressure to use alcohol and other drugs.
A Student Assistance Team, made up of school personnel, works with our counselors to help students and their families. 
Transitional Living/Lighthouse Program
Youth and Shelter Services' Transitional Living/Lighthouse Program opens doors to self-sufficient living.  The program serves single females 16-21 years old and pregnant or parenting women ages 16-25 who cannot live safely with a relative, and have no other safe living arrangement.

The program emphasizes everyday living skills such as budgeting, problem solving and job seeking.  Residents must be willing to participate in an educational program and/or maintain a full- or part-time job, and agree to save a portion of their salary.
Goals of the Program
To assist and support homeless youth for up to 24 months in their transition to self-sufficiency and to prevent long-term dependence on social services.Youth and Shelter Services designed its Lighthouse Host Home Program to open doors to self-sufficient living.  The Lighthouse Host Home is a transitional living center for homeless women who are pregnant and/or parenting. Residents must be willing to participate in an educational program and/or maintain a full- or part-time job, and agree to save a portion of their salary.
To assist and support homeless women  in their transition to self-sufficient living and to prevent long-term dependence on social services.
To provide a safe, stable living environment for up to 24 months while in the program. To provide interpersonal relationship skill-building, educational advancement and job attainment  skills, and mental and physical health care. To provide knowledge of child development stages, parenting skills and nurturing techniques.
Homeless women, age 25 and under, who are pregnant and/or parenting.
Homeless female or male adolescents/young adults, between 16 and 21. 
For more information on this program please contact Hope Metheny at or 515-233-2250 ext. 4570.
Boone County Homeless Prevention Board
Are you aware that there are homeless youth in your community? Do you work with the homeless or at-risk populations? Are there obstacles in obtaining SAFE, AFFORDABLE, and ACCESSIBLE housing in your area? Do you have a general interest with housing issues in the County?

If you answered yes to any of these questions then please join the Boone County Homeless Prevention Board. We meet the second Tuesday of every month at 10 a.m. at various locations right now due to construction at Crawford Hall.  Please contact Hope Metheny at for this months location and agenda.
Please help us make Boone a safe home for the homeless by giving hope, meeting needs and building dreams. For additional information, contact Hope Metheny at 515-233-2250 ext. 4570. 
Party of 5 Community Youth Development
A county wide group of high school students plans and runs drug, alcohol and tobacco free social activities for other high school students from throughout Boone County.  Dances attended by 200-300 youth are held at the County Fairgrounds.
Community Youth and Family Development
806 7th Street, Boone, IA  50036
Fees for YSS of Boone County Programs
Services are offered on a sliding fee scale for private pay clients.  This means the cost of counseling depends on a client's family size and income.  No one is denied service because of inability to pay. Services may also be funded by the Department of Human Services, Juvenile Court, Boone County Board of Supervisors, Medicaid, and other insurance policies. 
School-Based Mentoring Program
Students in grades 2nd -8th grade in the Boone Public School and Kindergarten through 5th grade in the Ogden School are referred by the school staff, family, or themselves for a variety of reasons.  Therefore, goals for each match may be different.  However, each student benefits from having a one-to-one caring relationship with an adult.

The mentoring relationship is a mutual commitment to a long-term friendship that develops through weekly meetings at school.  The mentor and the student meet for 30 to 50 minutes to have lunch, play a game, discuss school progress, work on a project, review for a test, play catch, or sit and visit.  The program sponsors special activities in which matches may participate outside of school hours.
What is a Mentor?
A mentor has a genuine interest in making a positive difference in a student's life.  A mentor helps the student develop to his or her full potential.  Mentors encourage dreams and help set goals to make those dreams a reality. 
Mentors are:
Good role models
Good listeners
How to Become a Mentor
Fill out an application, obtainable from the Mentoring Facilitator.  This includes references checks and a background check.
Attend orientation session conducted by the Mentoring Facilitator.
Be introduced to your mentee by the Mentoring Facilitator.
Begin meeting with your mentee.
Mentors receive ongoing support via newsletters and contact with the Mentoring Facilitator. 
For more information, click here.
Kids Club
The After School Program was developed in response to a community need.  Today's families often have difficulty ensuring that their children are positively involved and supervised at all times.  “Latchkey kids” are children who are unsupervised after school and at other times because both parents work.  Single parents also find it difficult to provide supervision at all times.  And some children who may need socialization, simply don't get involved in traditional after school activities. 
Goals of the Program
This program seeks to involve kindergarten through fourth graders in productive activities where they can learn good study habits, recognize and resist peer pressure, and discover peaceful ways to resolve conflicts.  It also works to provide safety, guidance and positive supervision for children who would otherwise be in unsafe conditions or unsupervised situations after school.
Research shows that children who are unsupervised or uninvolved with peers tend to get into more trouble and are more likely to develop behavioral problems than those who are involved in peer group activities under positive supervision.  
Pathways (FaDSS) Program
The long-range goal of participants in the Pathways Family Development and Self-Sufficiency (FaDSS) program is to become self-sufficient.  Short term goals are different for each family.  For one mother it may mean improving parenting skills, for another it may mean graduating from high school, for a third, it may mean finding a job outside the home.
The Pathways program was created in 1989.  In the several years that we've worked with Pathways families, we have seen many successes.  Pathways participants, staff, and other community agencies work together to bring about changes.
Pathways can help with...
Financial Management
Community Youth and Family Development
806 7th Street, Boone, IA  50036

If you have any questions or concerns about YSS of Boone County programs, please contact us.

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