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Youth Advisory Council

The Region 14 Youth Advisory Council (YAC) provides guidance for, and  exercises oversight of , local youth programs operated under the Workforce Investment Act (WIA).  In addition, the council provides expertise in youth policy and assists the Regional Workforce Investment Board (RWIB) in:

  • Developing and recommending local youth employment and training policy and practice.

  • Broadening the youth employment and training focus in the community to incorporate a youth development perspective.

  • Establishing links with other organizations serving youth in the local area.

  • Factoring the range of issues that can have an impact on the success of your in the labor market.  Members of the Youth Advisory Council serve two-year terms, and represent people with a special interest in youth policy.  Members include individual from youth service agencies, such as juvenile justice and law enforcement, public housing, partners former Job Training Partnership Act or WIA participants, and the RWIB.

Current members of the Youth Advisory Council include:

Dick Grose
Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor
Vocational Rehabilitation
1501 W. Townline
Creston IA 50801
(641) 782-8538

Joyce Westphal
Crossroads Mental Health Center
1003 Cottonwood
Creston IA 50801
(641) 782-8457

Barbara Stephens/Darla Helm
Director of Adult & Continuing Education/Assistant ABE & GED Coordinator
Southwestern Community College
1501 W. Townline
Creston IA 50801
(641) 782-1417 / (641) 782-1497

Jodie Geist
TAP Coordinator
MACHS Transition Alliance Program
Mt. Ayr Community Schools
1001 E. Columbus
Mt. Ayr IA 50854
(641) 464-2480

Sara Wyer
500 Stevenson
Blockton IA 50836

Mindy Dresback
STW/Tech Prep Coordinator
Southwestern Community College
1501 W. Townline
Creston IA 50801
(641) 782-1307

Cathy Seddon
219 N. Pine
Creston IA 50801

Eula Dolecheck
900 E. Townline
Creston IA 50801

Elva Downing
Osceola SCICAP Center
Box 142
Osceola IA 50213

Debra Peterson
Planned Parenthood
907 W. Townline
Creston IA 50801

Sarah Lawrence
Creston News Advertiser
503 W. Adams
Creston IA 50801

John Coulter, Police Chief
Afton Police Department
115 E. Kansas
Afton IA 50830
(641) 782-8402

Other Links:
Southwestern Community College
Buena Vista University
Graceland University


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