In 1968 MYEP (Mayor’s Youth Empowerment Program) began as a federal initiative encouraging cities to provide summer employment opportunities for disadvantaged youth and young adults primarily between the ages of 14-24. From 1968 to 1996, MYEP was considered a quasi-department of the City of Iowa City. In 1996, MYEP filed for and became a 501(c)(3) private non-profit corporation.
MYEP was built around the concept of summer conservation projects, which emphasized working in small groups to complete projects, to benefit the entire community. Such projects were completed in collaboration with:
For many years, MYEP provided services funded by various local, state, and federal grants. As funding from grants dwindled, MYEP expanded into services for people with disabilities and began working with agencies such as:
Guiding Principles and Core Values
Service Before Self –
At MYEP, we deliver services that follow the principle of ‘Service Before Self’. To us this means that before taking any action or making any decision, we carefully consider the benefits to or impact on our service recipients. We have respect for and believe in all human rights and strive to be creative, flexible, and cooperative in the services provided.
To fulfill our mission, vision and the principle of ‘Service Before Self’, we adhere to the following values:
MYEP is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing advocacy and person-centered services which facilitate personal growth and community inclusion to people with disabilities.
MYEP will be recognized as a leading provider of services to people with disabilities in Johnson County and surrounding areas.
People and families will seek our services because of our reputation for fostering personal relationships.
State, county and local professionals will seek our services because of our success in providing a broad array of personalized services.
MYEP will be recognized as a leading employer in Johnson County and surrounding areas.
People will seek employment with MYEP because of our supportive and positive culture.
Employees will receive competitive compensation and benefits.
We will attract, hire, and retain the best people.
MYEP will be commit to ensuring service quality is never sacrificed for organizational growth.