4-H empowers youth to reach their full potential working and learning in partnership with caring adults. 4-H youth programs provide opportunities for youth to develop skills they can use now and throughout their life. Iowa 4-H builds upon a century of experience as it fosters positive youth development that is based on the needs and strengths of youth, their families and communities.
Webster County 4-H has 14 clubs located around the county with numerous project areas. Learn more about topics ranging from aerospace, dogs, rabbits, photography, technology, horses and clothing, to name a few. 4-H’ers can attend camps, go on trips and attend conferences on the Iowa State University campus.
Together with our millions of supporters, the American Cancer Society (ACS) saves lives by helping people stay well and get well, by finding cures, and by fighting back. The American Cancer Society is a nationwide, community-based voluntary health organization dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem.
The Boy Scouts of America (BSA) is one of the nation’s largest and most prominent values-based youth development organizations. The BSA provides a program for young people that builds character, trains them in the responsibilities of participating citizenship, and develops personal fitness.
Scouting focuses on character development, spiritual growth, good citizenship, sportsmanship and fitness, family understanding, respectful relationships, personal achievement, friendly service, fun and adventure and it also prepares boys for being a contributing member of his community.
BRIDGES is a PreK-12 school based youth service program for students who have significant absences or have multiple office/health referrals. Students serviced by BRIDGES experience serious emotional distress and struggle to make and maintain connections with school. Academic achievement and social skills are negatively impacted. BRIDGES staff work with students/families to increase the connection students have with school by providing the supports necessary so students can attend school and remain in class, increasing instructional time.
BRIDGES is available to all students in the FDCSD. Parents are encouraged to become involved. The BRIDGES staff coordinates with parents, students and the appropriate service provider to get the help needed where and when the student needs it – at school.
Located on the campus of Iowa Central Community College, this partnership of a public and a private institution serves the region by offering the first and second years at Iowa Central and the final two years at Buena Vista University. In addition to a large evening program in Fort Dodge, the location offers weekend and summer endorsements.
Character Counts in Fort Dodge provides youth with opportunities to develop important character values and leadership skills. The goal is to help youth reach their full potential and become positive and productive members of the community.
Activities coordinated by Character Counts in Fort Dodge include: providing Character Counts training for all interested businesses and organizations; integrating Character Counts into many businesses’ hiring and promotional processes; recognizing local students who exhibit strength of character; working with local schools; participating in community events; partnering with local businesses, organizations and churches to promote good character and promoting Character Counts in sports.
Child Health Specialty Clinics (CHSC) is a community-based public health agency that serves Iowa children and youth (from birth through 21 years of age) with special health care needs. CHSC partners with families, communities, service providers, policymakers and other state agencies including the Iowa Department of Human Services, Iowa Department of Public Health and Iowa Department of Education. CHSC administers Iowa’s Title V program for children with special health care needs including physical, developmental, behavioral or emotional issues.
Community Christian School is a State of Iowa accredited non-denominational Christian school serving preschool through eighth grade students and their families. Community Christian School exists to serve God by providing families an academically excellent, Biblically integrated education, which encourages spiritual development and social responsibility in an environment where students can develop their God-given gifts and talents.
Community Early Childhood Center is dedicated to offering services that build youth in the community. They offer childcare and early learning opportunities for infants through 12 years including after-school education, positive youth support, children’s homelessness and youth enrichment. Their after-school program provides children with a safe, consistent and positive learning environment where they encourage the development of new friendships, a sense of belonging, positive staff interactions and hands-on activities including arts and crafts, outdoor recreation and music as they discover more about the world around them.
The Family Nutrition Program is a free program for households with children ages 10 and under and is put on by Iowa State University Extension & Outreach – Webster County. The program provides education on nutrition and healthy eating, food budgeting, saving money at the grocery store, hands-on cooking and food tasting, physical activity and free gifts. Graduates receive certificate and color cookbook. Lessons can be provided in the home. This series also satisfies 16 continuing education credit hours to qualifying childcare providers. Available in Webster and Humboldt Counties.
Pre-K through 12 public education. Student Services providers assist students to be healthy academically, socially, emotionally and assist students in their career planning. Student Services providers include Student Services Director, Counselors, Bridges Case Management, Mental Health Therapist on staff, At-Risk Counselors and Coordinators, Nurses, Alternative School Staff and Drop Out Prevention Coordinator.
Foster Grandparents are men and women age 55 and older who serve as educational mentors for children age 3-10 in local schools, Head Start and other nonprofit locations. Those who meet income guidelines of less than $22,000 annually may qualify for a stipend of up to $3,000 per year. Training provided, free meals while working, assistance with travel costs to and from school each day. Paid vacations and holidays.
Girl Scouts of Greater Iowa serves nearly 14,000 girls and more than 4,000 adults. Their goal is to empower girls and provide them with the leadership skills they need to develop their full individual potential. Girl Scouts of Greater Iowa is comprised of 70 counties, including 67 in central and western Iowa, one county in Nebraska and two counties in South Dakota. Girl Scouts builds girls of courage, confidence and character, who make the world a better place. To volunteer, reconnect, donate, or join, visit www.girlscoutsiowa.org.
Iowa Central Community College is a comprehensive community college located in Fort Dodge that offers college transfer courses; career and technical training; general education; recreation and personal enrichment programs; economic development, community service activities for people with diverse interests, needs backgrounds and skills; and adult basic education. Iowa Central also offers a cooperative program with Buena Vista University in Storm Lake whereby students can earn a bachelor’s degree attending evening classes. The students’ first two years are completed at Iowa Central and the final two years at Buena Vista at the Fort Dodge Center. Visit www.iowacentral.edu for more information
The Department provides services to people who are legally blind or visually impaired. It offers a comprehensive array of options to build confidence and independence in all aspects of life through the Orientation Center, Vocational Rehabilitation Program, Independent Living Rehabilitation Services, Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped, Business Enterprises Program, Aids and Devices Store, Public Education and In-Service Training.
The Orientation Center is a residential blindness training program that provides in-depth, individualized blindness training to adults so that they can return to their home communities, imbued with confidence and equipped to live independently. Training may include GED preparation, college preparation, classes in Braille, computer classes, cane travel, industrial arts, home and personal management.
Vocational Rehabilitation Program provides services in career counseling, technology assessment and training, adaptive devices for training and employment, job-seeking assistance, including seminars to teach job-seeking skills, supported employment assistance, job coaching, work site assessment and follow up, self-employment planning and follow along, post-employment follow up, blindness and attitude counseling.
Independent Living Rehabilitation Services has teachers that travel to the person’s home or in small group settings. Services included are training in adaptive techniques for cooking, shopping, communication, travel, and leisure activities, peer counseling, support groups, basic adaptive devices, information and referral services, and in-service training for other service providers.
The Department will accept volunteers for transcribing print to Braille, narrating/recording print texts, proofreading Braille, tape and print materials, and providing clerical support.
Prairie Lakes AEA is one of nine Area Education Agencies created in 1974 by the Iowa legislature to ensure equal educational opportunities for all children from birth through age 21. Support to local schools is provided through three service areas: Educational Services, Information & Technology and Special Education. Prairie Lakes AEA supports educators, parents, and the communities we serve as we work together toward one ultimate goal–to improve student learning. Our region stretches over 14 counties including 40 public and 11 accredited nonpublic schools.
Proteus provides seasonal farm workers and others with a variety of services that improve their health, education and economic opportunities. Proteus has a food pantry and clothing closet that is open every Monday to the general public.
Saint Edmond is a diocesan preschool-12th grade Catholic School that welcomes all who seek a Christ-centered education. With excellence as our goal, discipline our guide, and caring our gift we take pride in providing our students with an environment where values and academics meet.
The agency provides home-based services for pregnant women, infants and toddlers and center-based preschool services for 3 and 4 year olds. Services address health, nutrition and language development; social-emotional, physical and cognitive development. Programs support school readiness and family well-being. In providing services, Y.O.U.R., Inc. relies on additional community resource agencies to assist families in moving toward self-sufficiency and to help children reach their full potential. Sensory and development screenings are completed with each child and research-based ongoing assessment tracks their progress.