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.


2019 Summer Ladders Host Sites

Boys & Girls Clubs of the Cedar Valley – Waterloo area

Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Iowa – Des Moines

Boys & Girls Clubs of Story County – Ames area

CFUM – Des Moines

Girls Inc. of Sioux City – Sioux City

The Iowa Children's Museum - Coralville

PIECES Burlington Community School District - Burlington

St. Mark Youth Enrichment – Dubuque


The Summer Ladders AmeriCorps Program is currently accepting applications for members interested in serving over the summer of 2020! If you are interested in serving this summer, please contact Britney Samuelson at or 515.237.0340.