Urban Dreams Programs
AgCulture Youth Food and Farm Program
Exposes urban youth to the process of growing and cooking fresh food to stimulate their interest in agriculture.
Applied Social Science Research Collaborations
Urban Dreams works with universities and colleges such as Simpson College, the University of Iowa, Iowa State University and Drake University Law Clinic that conducts research and develop applications to deal with issues resulting from Iowa’s rural to urban transition.
Behavioral Health Intervention Services
A Medicaid-funded program that works with youth and families to address behavioral problems.
Community Care Case Management
Provides community-based case management as part of a statewide program to strengthen families and prevent child abuse and neglect.
Healthy Start & Empowerment
These related programs focus on healthier beginnings for children from birth to 5 years of age, child development and parenting skills for Polk County families.
Information and Referral
Helps people in need of shelter, food, clothing, jobs and other services by providing free local phone calls, information about and referrals to available programs.
Provides consultation and assistance with issues involving race, education, youth conflict and community concerns as the need may arise.
Substance Abuse Treatment Services
Outpatient substance abuse treatment program that provides assessments, group and individual counseling, state-approved OWI classes, and aftercare for adults and juveniles.
Teenage Pregnancy Prevention
Community education and afterschool groups for youth that focuses on culturally-competent pregnancy and HIV/STD prevention (11 to 14 years of age).
A non-partisan effort to increase civic engagement in areas with historically low voter turnout, within the scope of which is -
- The Iowa Brown & Black Forum
A non-partisan forum that has focused attention on issues of particular concern to minorities in presidential, gubernatorial, and other elections since 1984
Annual Christmas tree and food giveaway in conjunction with the Iowa Barbecue Society, summer youth activity programs, and working with ex offenders to help them become productive members of society.