Youth & Shelter Services, Inc.




Teen Maze 2015 is scheduled for April 6-April 10 at the Boone County Fairgrounds. 

Teen Maze delivers powerful information to 7th grade students in Story, Boone, and Green counties.  Teens are assigned various choices as they navigate through twelve stops in a life-size maze.  Students experience how an entire life can be affected by any decision as choices and consequences compound. 

Volunteers are needed for a variety of roles, including guiding students through the Maze, working at the registration table, or assisting professionals teaching at each stop in the Maze.  Volunteers are not expected to prepare or lead lessons.  Please read the descriptions carefully as some roles require a familiarity with a certain topic or standing for long periods of time.  You can find the name of the school that will be attending listed with each volunteer opportunity.  These are the youth you will be working with- not who should volunteer for that position!

Please use the link below to sign up for the slots that are most convenient for you.  You’ll notice that there are no youth attending on Wednesday afternoon.  We will be having an Open House on April 8 from 12:30-2:00.  Any interested community members are invited to attend.  

Lunch is provided each day, before or after your shift.  You may sign up for just one shift or stay for the entire day.

Here's how it works in 3 easy steps:

1) Click this link to see our Sign-Up on VolunteerSpot:

2) Review the options listed and choose the spot(s) you like.

3) Sign up! It's Easy - you will NOT need to register an account or keep a password on VolunteerSpot.

If you have questions about Teen Maze or difficulty signing up please contact Ellen Johnsen or 515-233-3141.



On April 19, 2015 from 5:00 to 7:30 p.m. over 80 youth who are in various Youth and Shelter Service Programs will be able to shop at the Payless located at North Grand Mall in Ames for shoes. Payless has generously provided $2,000 worth of funding to be used for our youth to purchase shoes. Volunteers are needed to help youth pick out shoes and to help with general event oversight.  This event is taking place after mall hours, so please plan to meet at the main entrance to North Grand Mall (2801 Grand Ave. in Ames)- next to Jimmy Johns-  promptly at 5:00 p.m. on April 19th. If you have difficulty figuring out where you are supposed to go when you arrive please call Rosa Jennings 505-620-4106.  Thank you in advance for volunteering for this event! 

DATE: 4/19/2015 (Sun 5:00PM - 7:30PM)

LOCATION: Payless at North Grand Mall (2801 Grand Ave in Ames). Please enter through Mall main entrance next to Jimmy Johns (other doors will be locked).

To sign up to volunteer for this event please click on this link:



Volunteers are needed to help with our Rosedale Shelter Donation Drive being held on April 25, 2015 from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at multiple locations in Ames. Volunteers are needed to be at tables at the entrances of local business where the collection drive will be taking place to provide interested customers with an informational flyer which will have a list of needed items for Rosedale Shelter. Volunteers will also collect any items that the customers purchase for donation as they exit the building. Some of these items include: non-perishable food items, personal hygiene items, and laundry detergent. All donated items will go to Rosedale Shelter which houses 10-17 year olds who are abused, neglected, homeless or have run away.

To sign up for this volunteer opportunity taking place on April 25, 2015 and for a list of locations where you can volunteer please click on this link:


Volunteering at YSS

Volunteers are special individuals who give without asking anything in return. Please consider sharing your time and talents to help youth in your community.

Opportunities Include

  • Kids Club Afterschool Assistants
  • Street Outreach Workers
  • Mentors matched 1 on 1
  • Van drivers
  • Arts and recreation activities
  • Supervise youth in group homes and shelters
  • Reggie's Sleepout
  • Child care
  • Special event planning
  • Internships
  • Practicums
  • Service learning
  • Group volunteering
  • Community service

Other Ways To Help

  • Donate Goods and Food
  • Make a Monetary Donation
  • Request a Speaker for a Program
  • Hold a Fundraising Event to Benefit YSS

YSS is happy to assist students at all levels of education with opportunities to learn about the various programs and career opportunities with in the organization.  Unpaid Internships, Practicums and Service Learning opportunities are available in almost every program.

Please indicate the nature of your volunteer experience on your volunteer application.  A link to the application is provided below. 

 Group Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteer opportunities for large and small groups on an ongoing basis or as a day of service can be arranged. 

Community Service
 Some positions can qualify for community service hours. Please ask the Volunteer Coordinator for more information about this program.




How To Apply

Please download and complete the application.

Volunteer Coordinators are located at the Jacobson Youth and Family Center, at 420 Kellogg Avenue in Ames or at the IHYC, Buchanan Center, at 1219 Buchanan Street in Des Moines.

Special Event and Ongoing Opportunities

For a listing of ongoing volunteer opportunities please visit



Please contact the Volunteer Coordinator, Rosa Jennings, at or

(515) 232-4332 ext. 4451 for questions/ information on volunteering/ internships in the Ames Area.


For Des Moines volunteer opportunities, please contact Emma Christianson, IHYC Development Coordinator, at


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