Top Ten Accomplishments in 2014 for AMOS!
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Top Ten Accomplishments in 2014 for AMOS! 

  1. Educated 2,000 people across central Iowa on the Affordable Care Act helping them gain vital knowledge to enroll and gain access to affordable health care.
  2. Established successful mediation program in 3 Des Moines middle schools that has now expanded to 6 middle schools.  Dozens of young people have learned  ow to resolve conflicts peacefully as a result of this effort and have avoided suspensions, expulsions or criminal charges.
  3. Trained our 200th Project IOWA trainee and held our 5th graduation event! 
  4. Created the initiative that led to the Developing Brain, Developing Accountability Conference at the Iowa Events Center that involved over 600 participants from across Iowa.  This event highlighted the latest brain science and helped create momentum for new ways of thinking about how we hold young people accountable for their mistakes both in schools and in our justice system.  Our partners for this event included the Mid Iowa Health Foundation, Blank Children’s Hospital, the Polk County Health Department, Des Moines Public Schools and Des Moines University. 
  5. Endorsed the franchise fee proposal of the Des Moines City Council, which was also approved by voters. 
  6. Initiated a racial profiling project with the NAACP that has been documenting cases of profiling as they occur in our city.  
  7. Organized another house meeting campaign in central Iowa that gives a forum for ordinary Iowans to share their stories and take action on the issues that matter most to them. 
  8. Celebrated the opening of a Primary Health Care Clinic in Ames, IA that will now provide both pre-natal care and labor and delivery care for all the pregnant women in Story County—a long standing initiative of AMOS.
  9. Trained over 150 central Iowans on the art and practice of face-to-face, relational meetings as a foundational skill to build community and create momentum for lasting social change. 
  10. Elevated the issue of affordable housing as an important priority for the city of Ames as enrollment at ISU continues to explode.  AMOS leaders pushed for renewed commitment of CDBG funds for more affordable housing options for its lowest income residents. 
Happy New Year,


AMOS Citywide Clergy Luncheon 

Date: January 8

Location: Corinthian Baptist Church, 9th and School, Des Moines

Time: 12:00pm-1:30pm

RSVP: by Wednesday Jan 7 to Deaconess Dorothy Sheley at or by calling 243-4073.

 Help Us Plan a Great 2015 on January 10!

Date: Saturday, January 10th

Time: 9:00am-11:00am

 Palestine Lutheran in Huxley 

School Mediation Training Scheduled

January 14, 2015
Plymouth Church, Des Moines

We are in need of school mediators 

Make this one of your new year's resolutions!

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