EducationThe Greater Des Moines Partnership believes in strong education in the metro. The Youth Leadership Initiative (YLI) and Connect2Business are two ways the Partnership is helping students, employers, and job seekers be successful.
Business Summit for Education ReformThe Greater Des Moines Partnership in conjunction with Iowa Chamber Alliance, ABI, and the Iowa Business Council held an inaugural Business Summit for Education Reform. The purpose of the Summit was to create a strong and united business voice from across the State to take a leadership role in advocating for transformative reform in education this legislative session. The Summit featured national and local experts who have successfully created business coalitions that are achieving results through improved education systems. Below you will find presentations from the event:
Governor's Stem Advisory Council, Lt. Governor Kim Reynolds
EDUNOMICS: The Economics for Winning in Education, Brandon Busteed
Aligning Education and Workforce Goals to Foster Economic Development, Dr. Brian K. Fitzgerald
The Business of Education Reform, Jill Barkin
Students, young adults and parents may follow the 'Forays of Fritz' as he prepares for his future, takes the SAT's and begins his adventure in finding his next path in the working world. Coming soon, Fritz takes on the world of social media & blogging!
Youth Leadership Initiative (YLI)
The Youth Leadership Initiative (YLI) will introduce, develop, and nurture leadership skills among youth in Greater Des Moines by providing experiential mentoring and leadership experiences that enhance self-esteem and encourage involvement in all levels of community life.
YLI started as a project of the Greater Des Moines Leadership Institute. Since its inception approximately two hundred and eighty students have successfully graduated from this program.
Beginning on the fall of 2011 YLI became a program of the Greater Des Moines Partnership under its Regional Workforce and Education pillar of work. Click here for the YLI fact sheet.
The 2013-2014 class year is sponsored in part by Prairie Meadows Racetrack and Casino's Community Betterment Grant. YLI thanks Prairie Meadows for their support!
The goals of the YLI Program are:
• EMPOWERING youth to connect, participate in change, and create their ideal community
• ENCOURAGING youth to become active participants in their community
• ENGAGING youth in opportunities to invest their futures in the Greater Des Moines area
Applications are currently closed. To learn how to apply please contact Nathan Ritz.
Candidates for the program should:
1. Be entering their sophomore or junior years of high school.
2. Have an interest in developing their leadership skills.
3. Desire to learn more about the Greater Des Moines community.
Class members will normally meet at the United Way building located at 1111 9th St. There will be some exceptions to this meeting location. For questions contact Nathan Ritz at (515) 286-4937 or email email@example.com.
If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Nathan Ritz. You will also need to complete a criminal background history.