UAY works with young people and their families through PREVENTION and INTERVENTION services to help them reach their goals.
PREVENTION Programming consists of out of school activities that encourage youth to connect and express themselves through creativity.
INTERVENTION Programming offers support, advocacy, counseling, and community referrals to youth and families facing adversity.

United Action for Youth (UAY) is a nonprofit organization which has been supporting young people and families in Johnson County and surrounding areas since 1970.


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We are an LGBTQ Safe Zone.

Our Mission

Nurturing the potential for all youth to create, grow, and succeed.


Our Vision

Our vision is one in which young people and adults work together in partnership to create a safe and healthy community.


Our Impact in 2020

Young Parent Program


Young Families Received Support



Children of Young Parents Received Support

Transitional Living Program


Homeless Youth Were Provided Safe and Stable Housing



Average Days Housed

Counseling Program

Youth Center & Arts


Youth Attended

Hang Out


Times at the Swaim Youth Center


Counseling Sessions Provided to Youth & Families





Annual Report for 2019-2020


UAY Board of Directors

Micah Ariel James

Associate Director of Education & Community Development

Hancher Auditorium

Sarah Richardson


Barker Compaines

Jeff Sears

Associate Director of Commercial Communications, Astellas Pharma 

Natasha Wendt


Urban Acres Real Estate

UAY’s Board of Directors meet on the second Wednesday of the month at 5:30pm over zoom. Meetings are open to the public.

Dawn Anderson

Professor, Legal Analysis Writing & Research

University of Iowa

College of Law

Christian Aanestad

West High Art Teacher

Iowa City Community School District

Michael Colburn

Head of Adolescent Medicine

University of Iowa

Stead Family Children's Hospital

Eric Goers

City Attorney

City of Iowa City

Board Chair

Roman Terrill

Sr. Vice President,

Integrated DNA Technologies

Vice Chair

Rick Oehler

Commercial Banker,

Great Western Bank


Kyle Long

Sr. Portfolio Manager Commercial Banking,

MidWestOne Bank


Betsy Momany

Research Scientist,

University of Iowa

Public Policy Center