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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.

About us
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We are an LGBTQ Safe Zone.

Our Mission

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

Mission and vision

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

Annual Report for 2019-2020

Board of Directors

UAY Board of Directors

Sarah Richardson


Barker Companies

Carrie Wagner

Chief Development Officer

Wealth Advisor

United Iowa Financial

Natasha Wendt


Urban Acres Real Estate

Michael Colburn

Head of Adolescent Medicine

University of Iowa

Stead Family Children's Hospital

Eleanor Dilkes

Former City Attorney

City of Iowa City

Eric Goers

City Attorney

City of Iowa City

Micah Ariel James

Outreach and Equity Coordinator

City of North Liberty

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

Board Chair

Roman Terrill

Sr. Vice President

Integrated DNA Technologies

Vice Chair

Rick Oehler

Commercial Banker

Great Western Bank


Zara Wanlass

Co-Owner and Business Manager

Alli Center, LLC


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