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.

 
Inclusive flag.png

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

68

Young Families Received Support

 

102

Children of Young Parents Received Support

Transitional Living Program

12

Homeless Youth Were Provided Safe and Stable Housing

190

 

Average Days Housed

Counseling Program

Youth Center & Arts

345

Youth Attended

Hang Out

2,618

Times at the Swaim Youth Center

3,371

Counseling Sessions Provided to Youth & Families

229

Families

Served

 

Annual Report for 2019-2020

 

UAY Board of Directors

Eric Goers

Assistant City Attorney

City of Iowa City

Micah Ariel James

Associate Director of Education & Community Development

Hancher Auditorium

Natasha Wendt

Realtor,

Urban Acres Real Estate

Jeff Sears

Associate Director of Commercial Communications, Astellas Pharma 

UAY’s Board of Directors meet on the second Wednesday of the month at 5:30pm at 1700 S. 1st Ave, Suite 14. 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

Michelle Gehrke

Wealth Management Relationship Manager

US Bank

Board Chair

Roman Terrill

Sr. Vice President,

Integrated DNA Technologies

Vice Chair

Rick Oehler

Commercial Banker,

Great Western Bank

Treasurer

Kyle Long

Sr. Portfolio Manager Commercial Banking,

MidWestOne Bank

Secretary

Betsy Momany

Research Scientist,

University of Iowa

Public Policy Center