Chrysalis After-School

Created in 1998, Chrysalis After-School is our signature program designed to help young girls negotiate the developmental, social, and interpersonal challenges of their lives. The program encompasses a comprehensive curriculum including academics, life skills, volunteerism, health, and women’s history. Chrysalis After-School also emphasizes financial literacy and career options to prepare girls for future educational opportunities, nontraditional careers and leadership opportunities.


When girls take part in program design and implementation, we show them they are listened to and valued. They see their own potential, build their confidence, and develop leadership skills. Because of this, their school attendance and performance improves, they are healthier and happier, and expand their goals and dreams.

Chrysalis After-School has invested nearly $3,000,000 in the futures of thousands of girls. Our participants report statistically higher results compared to girls not in the Chrysalis After-School program in the following areas:

  • Intent to finish high school
  • Ability to resist peer pressure
  • Willingness to take responsibility for actions
  • Understanding that working hard today makes a successful future


Elementary Schools

Anderson – Bondurant-Farrar Schools
Capitol View – Soil and Water Conservation Society
Carver– Community Housing Initiatives
Hillis – DSM Schools 21st Century Program
Hillside (WDM) – WDM Community Schools Foundation
Holy Family – Holy Family Youth Foundation
Karen Acres (Urbandale) – Urbandale Community Action
King – Community! Youth Concepts
Lovejoy – DSM Schools Communities in Schools Program
Moulton – Children and Family Urban Movement
River Woods – DSM Schools SUCCESS Program

Middle Schools

Bondurant – Children and Families of Iowa
Brody – Brody PTO
Callanan – Callanan PTA
Goodrell – Young Women’s Resource Center
Harding – Children and Family Urban Movement
Hiatt – United Community Services
Holy Family – Holy Family Youth Foundation
Hoyt – DSM Schools SUCCESS Program
Indianola – WeLIFT Community Outreach
McCombs – Blank Park Zoo
Meredith – Boys and Girls Clubs of Central Iowa
Merrill – Merrill PTA
SE Polk Junior High – Altoona Campus
Spring Creek (SE Polk) – Altoona Campus
Urbandale – Community! Youth Concepts
Weeks – Weeks PTA
Woodside (Saydel) – Community! Youth Concepts

High Schools

Dowling – Dowling Foundation
GirlPower Peer Mentors (Multiple High Schools) – Mercy Medical Center











Partners in Education

Drake HyVee