Dubuque, Iowa

 

Overview

Dubuque is a four-time winner of the 100 Best Communities for Young People competition. Dubuque’s dedication to supporting at-risk youth can be seen through initiatives like the Dubuque Mentoring Partnership, whose Dare to Be Kings program helps local, young African-American males facing challenges, connect with role models in the community. This year, the program will be able to support more youth as it expands to be included in local after-school programs.  Dubuque also works to develop young people who care about their community through programs like  Youth Area Philanthropists (YAPPERS), and the youth board of the Community Foundation of Greater Dubuque, which is dedicated to using volunteerism, philanthropy and grant-making to address the needs of youth in the community. YAPPERS focuses primarily on three major projects/areas: local youth-needs assessment, full grant-making cycles and the Empty Bowls Project, a youth poverty awareness and fundraising campaign that works with area youth to paint and sell pottery bowls.

Community Programs

  • The Youth Area Philanthropists is the youth board of the Community Foundation of Greater Dubuque that is dedicated to using volunteerism, philanthropy and grant making. Students from Dubuque Senior, Hempstead and Wahlert High Schools work as Youth Area Philanthropists to address the needs of youth in the community. The YAPPERS focus on three major projects/areas: (1) local youth-needs assessment, (2) full grant making cycles and (3) the Empty Bowls Project, a youth poverty awareness and fundraising campaign that works with area youth to paint and sell pottery bowls.
  • The Dubuque Mentoring Partnership works to support an increase in the number of trained mentors. While Dubuque still faces challenges, it boasts over 1700 one-on-one mentor matches in 2010. African-American male youth tends to face particular challenges in Dubuque.
  • To address this issue, two mentors implemented Dare to Be Kings with the support of the YMCA and the Community Foundation of Greater Dubuque. This program connects these young males to role models. In 2011, the program will be expanded and included in after-school programs, increasing access and outcomes. 

Youth Voices

I have enjoyed many activities at the Multicultural Center like teen night and book club. I feel supported by the Multicultural Center.

—Anonymous