AmeriCorps member spotlight: Lauren Denning

Lauren Denning was part of the Iowa AmeriCorps State Member Leadership Council pilot, an initiative of Volunteer Iowa’s National Service Challenge Grant from the Schultz Family Foundation. The Member Leadership Council pilot helped Volunteer Iowa explore best practices for supporting member professional development and creating new ambassadors for AmeriCorps service in Iowa. 

After completing two terms of service with AmeriCorps, Lauren recently participated in a short-term assignment with a natural disaster response team working to provide relief to people impacted by Hurricane Ian in Florida. Congratulations to Lauren for her dedication to volunteer service!

AmeriCorps members in this program serve across Iowa to help build capacity for organizations that focus on child and family wellbeing. Communities benefit from capacity-building around child abuse prevention efforts. For more information about how you can serve your community with AmeriCorps, please contact Program Director Erika Abusharkh at:   Benefits include professional development and training, a monthly living stipend, and money to use towards tuition and student loans.

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Ana Clymer receives HER Women of Achievement recognition

Congratulations to Ana Clymer for being honored by the HER Women of Achievement program! HER Women of Achievement is an annual program that recognizes individuals who are leading, inspiring and creating positive change in Eastern Iowa. Read more about about Ana and HER by clicking here: HER 2022

Watch Ana's Honoree Interview by clicking here: Interview

Service Training Annual Report 2021

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CPPC Annual Report 2021

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CWRTP-Service Training Hosts New Social Worker Training at Botanical Gardens

A new rollout of SW 714 Structured Decision-Making Safety Assessment was launched in November 2021. This training includes material from Evident Change ( and the training team on the Structured Decision Making (SDM) system and the new SDM Safety Assessment, which will be used statewide. The CWRTP Service Training teams have prepared and supported nine offerings across Iowa, both online and in-person.

Although the weather is getting colder and snow is starting to fall, that does not slow down our busy schedules! Warm and unique venues keep training interesting and exciting. In November, we traveled to the Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden. The participants appreciated the opportunity to explore the garden in between breaks.

CWRTP’s Kelley Harris has article published in the Ames Tribune

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Erin Kramer receives 2020 CYtation Award

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Rachel Vos Carillo named 2021 CHS P&S Early Achievement in Administration Award recipient

We are excited to announce Rachel Vos Carillo has been named the 2021 recipient of the College of Human Sciences P&S Early Achievement in Administration Award.

CWRTP Director Dr. Jan Melby said, "This well-deserved award recognizes Rachel’s excellence and effort as a positive role model. Her positive, proactive, and astute team leadership contributes to CWRTP’s success and the success of DHS partners, the wellbeing of families and children served, and the broader ISU community."

Congratulations, Rachel, and thank you for your dedication!

Erin Kramer earns Teaching Online Certificate from Quality Matters

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CWRTP involved in journal article authorship

Dr. Daeyong Lee, Dr. Carl Weems, Dr. Heather Rouse, Dr. Janet Melby, Feng Zhao, Kate Goudy, and others authored a journal article titled Targeted child support enforcement and its association with child support payments: Evidence from a program evaluation. The article will be published in the November 2020 (v. 118) issue of Children and Youth Services Review.