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.
Athletics for Education and Success (AFES) is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization that strives to help the youth and families of Fort Dodge and Webster County by providing hope and motivation for them. We aim to do this by any means necessary, giving the youth and parents the power to decide what they need, want and what may help them be successful. We offer our youth after-school programs, sports teams, mentoring groups, drum line groups, educational and cultural opportunities and much more. In addition to providing exceptional programming, we provide our youth with a sense of belonging and the determination to succeed.
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.
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.
Children & Families of Iowa (CFI) is a private nonprofit organization that provides mental health therapy and group support; individual, family, and in-home counseling; and support services to children and families. Services also include parenting support, adoption services, community-based family team meetings, domestic violence support, and youth support groups. Programs included are Youth Employment Program, Integrated Health Home Program (enrolled members have access to care 24 hours a day, seven days a week), Pediatric Integrated Health Home case management, Mental Health Program and Behavioral Health Intervention Services.
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.
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.
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
Krueger Counseling Center is an outpatient mental health center providing individual, family, conjoint and group counseling, as well as in-home counseling and CRISIS Interventions. Krueger Counseling Center is a subsidiary of Youth Shelter Care of North Central Iowa (YSC).
Trinity Regional Medical Center is the North Central Iowa Chapter sponsor for the National Council on Youth Leadership (NCYL) and is dedicated to recognizing, encouraging and developing the leadership skills of youth.
Each spring, high school juniors from the Fort Dodge area are nominated for leadership they have shown in school, religious organizations or their community. The nominees must have been elected to a leadership position and have at least a B average to be eligible. All eligible nominees are invited to attend a leadership seminar in the spring where they take part in workshops on team-building, self-esteem and other leadership concepts. Students receive recognition through media coverage, a traveling photographic display and a recognition/award ceremony. In September, a Youth Salute is held with scholarship winners announced and “Youth Leaders of the Year” selected.
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.
Rabiner Treatment Center provides a full continuum of services for the youth they serve. Their programming, which includes residential and non-residential care, is geared to meet a wide variety of client needs. Core services include on-campus education; individual, family and group counseling; skill development; vocational training; community volunteerism and community service and restitution. Non-residential programs include an alternative school suspension center, GED, vocational training, placement for children needing a more structured school environment. Their program employs cognitive restructuring and skill development to help youth focus on identifying and changing irresponsible thinking patterns. With a comprehensive continuum of treatment services that support safety, permanency and well-being, their evidence-based cognitive/behavioral approach reinforces pro-social behaviors.
The Strengthening Families Program is for all parents and youth in 6th grade for the Fort Dodge community schools and is put on by Iowa State University Extension & Outreach – Webster County. This is a fun and effective prevention program aimed to reduce youth problem behaviors, involves parent and middle school youth to enhance parenting skills and strengthen families. Voluntary enrollment. Fall and winter sessions.