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Academic Resources and Opportunities

Hawk stepsTake a minute to check out the information below!  We’ve shared a few leadership opportunities available to you as well as some links to academic resources such as ACT, AP prep, and post-secondary planning tools! Reach out to your counselor if you have any questions!


Check out these upcoming opportunities! (Check websites regarding details and application deadlines!)

1. Iowa Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) 
Current 10th & 11th Graders
Application Deadline: April 30th
Apply Here

2. Young Women in Leadership Conference
10th, 11th, & 12th Graders
Registration Deadline: Wednesday, February 23, 2022
Apply Here

3. Youth Leadership Initiative (YLI)
For 9th, 10th, and 11th graders
Meets monthly throughout the 2022-23 school year
Apply Here

4. Youth Volunteer Corps of Des Moines
10th, 11th, & 12th Graders
YVC meets twice a month on Wednesday evenings at CYC (1446 Martin Luther King Jr. Parkway)  For more information about YVC, contact

5. Psychology First Aid for Teens–Project Recovery Iowa
As you are all aware, our Teens are currently dealing with a great deal of stress and anxiety. In response to this we are offering a Psychological First Aid course
March 29
th and March 31st, 2022

Teens Training Teens Psychological First Aid (PFA) Learn skills for Psychological First Aid (PFA) a 3-hour online course designed to help high school students gain skills to manage distress and cope with post-disaster stress and adversity.

This will help teens who want to learn new skills for dealing with crisis and support others in the aftermath of a disaster or traumatic event.

PFA is offered by Iowa high school students across Iowa who will train others in becoming ready to deal with crisis and trauma response.

The course takes place on March 29th and 31st from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m.

Please send response to Karen Hyatt at for the training link.


Check out these academic and post-secondary planning tools available to you!

ACT registration

Iowa College Aid resources

Iowa College Access Network

ICAN is providing FREE virtual career/college advising

AP prep resources from College Board
AP Exam Information

ACT/SAT Test Preparation
FREE Zaps Test Prep: October 1st
Test Prep offered through IHSAA
Free Test Prep through Kaplan
Test Prep offered through ACT
ACT Preparation Seminar: Click on “Youth Enrichment” through Ankeny Schools Community Engagement


Golden Circle College & Career Fair: Sunday, September 25, 2022 from 12:30 – 3:00 PM

Students of all ages are encouraged to participate in the annual Golden Circle College and Career Fair. Whether you’re a freshman or sophomore just starting to explore career options, or a junior or senior narrowing your list of college choices, Golden Circle College & Career Fair is the perfect opportunity for you to gather knowledge, make connections, and begin to make informed decisions about your future. 

Visit for more information!

DMACC Career Discovery Events

Take advantage of the DMACC Discovery Days where you can attend Career Exploration Days, Worksite Industry Tours, Virtual Business Spotlights, Seminars, Festivals, and so many other amazing opportunities to help you decide on your “Plan A” after high school!