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SUCCESS Program of Des Moines

1001 Amos
Des Moines, IA 50315

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Contact Information:
Margaret Jenson Connet
SUCCESS Program Manager

Program Specification:






Moderate Evidence of Effectiveness

Age/Grade Level:

Target Settings:

Target Groups:

All Ages

Inner City



Other Participation Criteria:

All Ethnicities


The SUCCESS Program is a school-based youth services program offered year-round in Des Moines Public Schools and has been offered since the Fall of 1990. The program is predicated on the belief that students are best served when their social, emotional, and behavioral needs are met as well as their academic needs. Too often, students fail in the classroom when these critical needs are not addressed. The SUCCESS Program primarily serves the most vulnerable students and families. Typical student/family issues include homelessness, neglect and abuse (physical, psychological, sexual), hunger, poor health, basic needs, substance abuse, and domestic violence. To help students counteract the negative impact of these myriad issues, professional program staff provide intensive case management services and support services for children and their families on a prenatal through age-twenty basis. These services engage students and families in removing barriers that interfere with students' academic, social, and/or vocational growth. Services include assessment of need, educational support, identification of personal goals, coordination of services with a variety of human service agencies, and advocacy in accessing services and follow up.

Program Descriptors Include:
Extra Curricular, Family/Parental Involvement, GED, Teen Pregnancy, Virtual Learning

Starting Date: 1990
Students Served Per Year: 500+
Last Verified: 2009

Risk Factors:

Protective Factors:

Program addresses the following:

Individual factors

  • Parenthood
  • High-risk social behavior
  • Low educational expectations
  • Lack of effort
  • Low commitment to school

Family factors

  • Low socioeconomic status
  • High family mobility
  • Low contact with school

Program promotes the following:


  • Presence and involvement of caring, supportive adults
  • Clear social norms
  • Involvement with positive peer activities


  • Healthy/conventional beliefs and standards

Program Resources:

Annual Cost:


Funding Sources Include:

Program Staff Includes:

Federal Agencies
State Agencies
Local/City/County Agencies

Social Workers

Materials Used:

Supporting / Partner Organizations:


Des Moines Public Schools, Allowable Growth for Dropout Prevention, United Way

Evaluation Information:

The SUCCESS program utilizes the Results Based Accountability (RBA) process to evaluate its effectiveness. An evaluation in 2002 by the Child and Family Policy Center found that "SUCCESS represents one of the most highly developed and efficiently managed school-based service systems in the country".

How evaluation data was collected:
Data collected and analyzed at school/district level
Data collected and analyzed at state or organizational level

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