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  March 2014 update:

  • ManUp Iowa launched a new program at Hoyt Middle School on March 10th of 2014
  • A new program at McCombs Middle School will open near the end of April 2014
  • Please stay tuned for updates and confirmation on all summer programming. All summer programming information will be available by the middle of May.

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Services at Hoyt and McCombs:

  • Group mentoring + Wise Guys male responsibility curriculum
  • Guest speakers
  • Therapeutic group which will be facilitated by Next Step Counseling Services.

Mission statement:

“ManUp Iowa works to empower young men to make positive life choices who can go on to live healthy and successful lives at home, at school and in our community.”


ManUp Iowa is a preventative program that strives to empower a diverse population of young men ages 9-17 to make positive life choices. We believe that every young man not only deserves a mentor but also deserves access to resources to help them head toward adulthood successfully. ManUp Iowa has partnered with multiple agencies in order to provide an umbrella of services that will give youth an opportunity to make positive life choices who can go on to live healthy and successful lives at home, at school and in our community.

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What is ManUp Iowa?

ManUp is a program in the Des Moines area that provides ongoing 15 week sessions in different locations. The program serves pre-adolescent and adolescent males with a target age range of 9-17. The ManUp program will provide multiple services and activities to help empower the young men we serve. ManUp Iowa deploys a diverse team of mentors from our community who serve as positive role models for the youth that we serve. Youth in the ManUp program also have access to several community leaders, professionals and athletes that come to sessions as guest speakers to speak to the youth. (Please see the links to Events and Our Team.) ManUp Iowa has partnered with Next Step Counseling Services in order to be able to provide a therapeutic component to the program as well. Overall the program is very unique in that it provides an umbrella of services for the youth that we serve. (Please see our services page on link to the right).

 How can you help?

  • Simply, be involved. What these boys need are positive men to learn from, period.The only chance many of these boys have is to learn from other positive and productive men like yourself.
  • Please click on the “Get Involved” link at the top of the page to learn more!