About the Collaboration
The Iowa Collaboration for Youth Development (ICYD) began in 1999 as an informal network of state agencies that came together to work on a positive youth development grant funded by the Administration for Children and Families (ACF), Family and Youth Service Bureau (FYSB). While there was not a specific crisis or problem that was an impetus for the collaboration, these agencies recognized that they could do a better job of supporting youth and youth-serving agencies through a coordinated effort. The group believed that a collaborative effort across state departments could provide a beneficial platform for aligning policies and programs at the state and local level and encouraging collaboration among multiple state and community agencies on youth-related issues. Ten years after the group began, in 2009, the state legislature formalized the council as an acting body that reports to the governor in the Iowa Code, Section 216A.140.
In addition to the work to align policies, coordinate youth-related efforts, and promote positive youth development, the council also supports the State of Iowa Youth Advisory Council (SIYAC). SIYAC is a youth advisory council made up of youth between 14 and 21.