Summer Credit Recovery Program - During this eight-week program each summer, EYI provides support to youths who have failed courses and are behind in graduation credits. Research shows those who don't graduate with their class drop out at a much higher rate than peers who graduate on time, so the support our program provides is critical. EYI staff, mentors, and tutors assist students as they take previously failed courses using Edgenuity, an online credit recovery program. In addition, EYI teaches life skills, social-emotional skills, and employment readiness, and provides community outings (e.g., museums, Kernels games, college tours).
After-School Program - During the school year and during after-school hours (3:30-6:00 pm, M-F), EYI again provides support to students with their current school courses as well as teaching them good study skills and habits, life skills, social-emotional skills, and employment readiness. Rich community outings and experiences are again featured. Students in need also get EYI support in recovering previously failed credits using Edgenuity.
High School Equivalency and Alternative Diploma Program - For youths under 21 who want to obtain high school equivalency or an alternative diploma but have already dropped out of high school, EYI provides guidance and support in examining options, developing a goal and plan to attain it, preparing for high school equivalency tests, and/or connecting with other community resources that can help, such as Creating Futures and Secondary Programs at Kirkwood Community College. This EYI program typically runs from noon to 3 pm on weekdays during the school year; however, EYI is flexible with schedules that conflict with this time frame and will arrange a schedule that works for the individual.
Empowering Youths of Iowa's services are holistic and individualized. EYI identifies each youth's needs, strengths, and preferences through a variety of means (one-on-one discussions, interest and ability surveys, interviews with and surveys of the youth's parent or guardian, and information from referring school staff) and in a variety of life's aspects:
- Life Skills
- Social and Emotional Skills
- Employment Readiness
Based on each youth's needs, strengths, and preferences, an individualized plan to address identified needs and to support the youth in achieving their goals and dreams is developed collaboratively by the youth, their parent or guardian when possible, their EYI mentor, and EYI staff.
The individualized plan identifies services EYI will provide in the areas listed below and what the youth and their parent or guardian will do to reach the youth's goals. EYI services include: