News You Can Use – July 20th, 2011

Today’s News You Can Use is chalk full of goodies: The DMACC Reemployment Initiative Program, a YouthBuild training program, AmeriCorps opportunities with VNS, a scholarship from the Greater Men Foundation, a new employment resource on facebook for Des Moines, and some opportunities with Everybody Wins! Iowa.



Free training and academic support for young people between 1-24 with a stipend

vocational training:

Tentative time line

Applications  are currently being taken…

information meeting to be scheduled in early August…

Interviews begin August 11th continue to August 25th

Mental Toughness probationary period begins August 30th.

Probation period ends around November 28th

Training Finishes in April 2012

Successful applicants get paid a stipend while working on GED and getting vocational training…

11 out of 17 of our current cohort graduates are working full time…

1st step for young people who want to change their lives…. get your completed application in…

Clifford Kessler

YouthBuild Coordinator

Community and Workforce Partnerships

Des Moines Area Community College

(temporary offices – next to Hy-Vee at Harding Hills shopping center)

3420 MLK Parkway


Fax 515-277-0526


Greetings AmeriCorps applicants!  Visiting Nurse Services (VNS) of Iowa and the Child and Family Policy (CFPC) center both located in Des Moines, Iowa have open positions for AmeriCorps members. The 2 organizations have collaborated on a joint PSA and recruitment for the positions. The positions are open September 1, 2011 through August 30, 2011, to work at the community level in Polk County on strategies to improve nutrition and exercise and prevent obesity among young children.

CFPC will be focusing a significant portion of time working with families of young children and helping them to identify and act in ways that promote their children’s physical activity and healthy nutrition. The focus is primarily upon very young children (0-5), as this is the period where children’s eating habits are developed.  The position will involve community outreach and, presentations to and work with groups of families with young children, and action research.

An AmeriCorps member placed at VNS of Iowa will provide public education on wellness and nutrition through informational meetings as well as foster relationships with local community service organizations, pregnancy centers, schools, faith based organizations, businesses and medical/dental providers.  VNS of Iowa, is a not-for-profit community-based agency that provides a continuum of health and human services ranging from pre-natal and maternal child health to home care and senior corps volunteer services

If you are still interested in filling an AmeriCorps position in Des Moines please contact either Melissa Gradisching Nelson  from CFPC at or me or both for additional information and potential interviews.  Web sites for each prospective agency are and So you can learn more about each agency.

We are very excited to learn of your interest and look forward to hearing from you!


The Greater Men Foundation has identified a scholarship opportunity for you!
The Kennedy Foundation offers a $2,000 grant to seniors in high school and current college students in good academic standing.
The application is due by mail on AUGUST 1st, 2011.
A link to the website is enclosed, and if you have any questions you can call 515-202-7704 or email
Have a GREAT day,


Check out a new Des Moines jobs resource on facebook: Des Moines Jobs and Careers. It is still in its infancy, but stay connected to different opportunities around the Metro.


Employment Opportunities with Everybody Wins! Iowa

School  Coordinators:

School Coordinators are professional, paid staff members responsible for the daily operation of the Everybody Wins! Iowa Power Lunch program at their school. Hours for the School Coordinators vary based on size and complexity of the program at their school. The School Coordinators are responsible for enforcing program guidelines and ensuring that volunteers and students are satisfied with their Power Lunch experience. School Coordinators report to the Everybody Wins! Iowa Executive Director.

Volunteer Outreach Coordinator:

Everybody Wins! Iowa is seeking a Volunteer Outreach Coordinator with outstanding communication and organizational skills to help recruit, train and support Power Lunch volunteer reading mentors. The Volunteer Outreach Coordinator will serve for one year as an Iowa AmeriCorps State of Promise member, reporting to the Everybody Wins! Iowa Executive Director. Applicants do not need to be current AmeriCorps members.

To apply for one of these positions, please send your cover letter and resume to:

Amanda Fletcher

Executive Director

Everybody Wins! Iowa

PO Box 691 Des Moines, Iowa  50303

Please send applications by August 1, 2011