Change Course Allies

Allies Are Community Changemakers

Investing your time in the lives of our Leaders and their families truly makes you a changemaker. Insights from your career journey make all the difference during Training Camp.

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Become An Ally

There is no significant change without significant relationships”

Are you passionate about seeing real change in your community? At Change Course, volunteers, called “Allies”, play a critical role in our work.

Give your time to invest in the lives of our Leaders (students) and their families by serving in the Change Course Program. As a volunteer, called an Ally, you could share insight from your career journey through employer panels, mock interviews, resume preparation, and encouragement.

Join the movement to abolish economic, relational, and spiritual poverty in our city — learn more about how you can volunteer below!

BE MORE THAN A VOLUNTEER—BE AN ALLY.

Give your time to invest in the lives of our Leaders and their families by serving for a six-month session. Here is what we ask of our Allies:

  • Attend bi-monthly Family Gatherings
  • Attend any additional training offered
  • Attend small group meet-ups when planned
  • Check email weekly for updates on Family Gatherings and Leaders
  • Notification to Career Coach if attendance to Family Gathering will be missed
  • Identify your own personal poverty

Interested in volunteering with us? Fill out the form below!

Change Course CEO, Joseph Johnson’s testimony

Support The Leadership Journey

Leaders apply and are accepted into a six-month-long program broken into three phases.

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GROWTH

The first 6 weeks of the program is dedicated to personal and professional growth. We don’t just want Leaders to land a job—we want them to be the best version of themself, so they can find a career that lasts!

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CERTIFICATION

Leaders work to complete a professional certification or pre-apprenticeship course in their selected career track.

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LAND THE JOB

Once Leaders complete the certification stage, they graduate the program by landing a job in their career track. We’ll work to connect them with employers and jobs that fit their skill set.

ENDING POVERTY ONE RELATIONSHIP AT A TIME

There is no significant change without significant relationships.
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Thomas BudlerBoard Member

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Jerry & Nancy FosterBoard Members

Jerry and Nancy Foster have been married for 44 years and reside in Des Moines, Iowa. They have four children and numerous grandchildren.

Jerry is the founder of Foster Group, which is a wealth management firm, serving over 1,500 families and organizations. He is also the author of LifeFocus; Achieving a Life of Purpose and Influence. Nancy has dedicated her life to pouring into her family and mentoring women all over the world.

Together, Jerry and Nancy spoke with FamilyLife marriage conferences for over 22 years. They’ve also been involved in the development of a sustainable economic and personal development model in El Rosario, Guatemala with several other couples. They are passionate about helping change the paradigm for others and creating sustainable life change.

Karin JohnsonChange Course Director of Programs & Board Member

Karin and Joseph have been married for 42 years with four kids and six grandchildren. Karin was a gymnastics coach for 25 years with a passion to help young people achieve their goals through structure and hard work. Her love for the kids made her very successful in developing very competitive teams.

Responding to a conviction that the next generation of leaders needs to understand how to use the bible as their guide, Karin began teaching a weekly millennial generation bible study over 15 years ago which still continues today.

Using her gifts of teaching and mercy, Karin has counseled women and struggling marriages for many years after experiencing many challenges in her own family from marriage struggles to family member addiction, recovery, and incarceration.

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Welcome to Change Course! If you’re interested in finding out if you’re eligible for our program, please complete the form below. We will review your submission and get back to you with your eligibility and options right away!
Note: we will not sell, retain or distribute any personal information. This form is simply used to determine eligibility.

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Information Sessions
The next information session will be later this summer.

Background Questions

Will you be between the ages of 18 and 55 years old before the next class starts?*
Are you a U.S. Citizen or have a current work/school permit, visa, green card, asylum, or DACA status?*
Do you currently receive OR are you currently applying for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and/or Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits?*
Do you have a GED or High School Diploma?*
Are you the primary caregiver of a child 0-13 years old?*
Do you have stable housing?*
Stable housing simply means that you must have enough housing stability to know that you’ll have a roof over your head each night. The following housing situations would be considered stable: Owning your living space, renting a living space, living with friends, living with family, couch surfing, living in a hotel/AirBnB, and similar. The following housing situations would NOT be considered stable: Homeless, living in a shelter, living in your car.
Are you within 1 hour of our facility (2500 University Avenue, Des Moines)?*
Are you required to register as a Sex Offender?*
Do you have an open legal case?*
We define an open legal case as an open criminal case that could result in potential jail time or ongoing court hearings that would conflict with program participation.
Are you applying for the same class/start date as a spouse or immediate family member?*
Are you able and willing to work full-time (40 hrs/week)?*
Have you been sober from hard drugs/illegal substances for at least 6 months?*
If you are accepted to Change Course you acknowledge that this acceptance is conditional on you having a clean drug test when tested and being drug-free (including THC) for the entire length of the program. Are you willing and able to commit to this?*

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