By advocating for policies that strengthen afterschool programming and helping local programs build their capacity to provide high-quality activities and experiences to youth, the Iowa Afterschool Alliance supports afterschool programs at both a systemic and individual level.

Our Work


The Summer Ladders AmeriCorps Program places 15 minimum time members in summer programs across the state of Iowa each year where they are charged with developing high quality activities and facilitating those activities with high need youth in an effort to mitigate the summer learning loss experienced by some youth.


2021 Summer Host Sites

Boys & Girls Club of the Corridor – Cedar Rapids

Blank Park Zoo – Des Moines

Girls Inc. – Sioux City

LaunchPAD Children’s Museum – Sioux City

The Science Center – Des Moines

Willkie House – Des Moines