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.

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.

We believe all young people deserve to be valued

and to have a voice.

Our Mission

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


Our Vision

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



3,240 Served Annually


Young Families




Transitional Living Program


Homeless youth provided safe and stable housing


Average days  housed


Youth attended Hang Out






Counseling Sessions



Families Served



Dina was a participant of our Teen Parent Program and our Transitional Living Program. She gave us permission to share her UAY story with the hope that it will help others get through a difficult time. “I’m originally from Africa, but my family moved to Michigan when I was young. When I turned 18, I moved to Iowa City with my boyfriend and my two-year-old daughter. I didn’t know anyone else here.

CLICK to see the rest of her story.


Meet Lindsi. “I came to UAY as an angry 13 year old. My mom made me come with her for a tour of the UAY Youth Center. I was not happy about it and was very determined to hate everything about the place. I hated school because it was hard for me and every day I went, I felt anxious and overwhelmed. I now know that I was angry because I needed more support at home and I needed more positive role models than what I had.”  CLICK to see the rest of her story.

Young Parent Program

Young Parent Program

Young Parent Program

Young Parent Program

Board of Directors


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.

Roman Terrill

Board Chair

Senior Vice President, Integrated DNA Technologies

Rick Oehler

Board Vice Chair

Sr. Vice President Commerical Banking, Great  Western Bank

Kyle Long

Board Treasurer

Sr. Portfolio Manager Commercial Banking, MidWestOne Bank

Kathryn Sidwell

Board Secretary

 Inside Sales Operations Manager,  IDx

Dawn Anderson

Board Member

 College of Law Professor, University of Iowa

Michelle Gehrke

Board Member

Small Business Specialist, US Bank

Christian Aanestad

Board Member

West High Art Teacher, Iowa City Community School District

Eric Goers

Board Member

Assistant City Attorney, City of Iowa City

Betsy Momany

Board Member

Research Scientist, Univeristy of Iowa Public Policy Center

Jason Knight

Board Member

Clinical Social Worker, Alli Center

Michael Colburn

Board Member

Clinical Assistant Professor, Head of Adolescent Medicine, Director of Adolescent Medicine Rotation 

University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics 

Micah Ariel James

Board Member

Education Coordinator, Hancher

Natasha Wendt

Board Member

Realtor, Urban Acres

We Need Your Support Today!

United Action for Youth

We are here to support you.  Don't hesitate to contact us if you have any questions about how we can work together.

Phone: 319-338-7518

Fax: 319-337-7999

PO Box 892 Iowa City, IA 52244

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