Avenue Scholars, the leader in bridging the gap between education and business, guarantees careers for our youth of hope and need through supportive relationships, individualized coaching, education, and training.

Beginning with the 2022 – 2023 school year Avenue Scholars will begin providing this comprehensive program in central Iowa starting in the Des Moines Public Schools at East and Roosevelt High Schools with a plan to expand to all Des Moines high schools by 2024.

Avenue Scholars provides comprehensive, individualized support services to help students identify, prepare for, and ultimately enter financially sustaining, high-demand careers requiring an associate degree or less. Programming begins in the student’s junior year of high school and continues uninterrupted through postsecondary training and for six months following career entry. Eligibility is based on financial need (eligibility for free or reduced-price school lunches or a federal Pell Grant), interest in pursuing a high-demand career requiring an associate degree or less, and attendance at an AS partner high school.

Program Overview

Since 2008, Avenue Scholars (AS) has provided individualized support services to help students identify, persist toward, and ultimately enter financially sustaining careers.

2022 – 2023 Avenue Scholars Students

Avenue Scholars high school classes and coaching will begin 2022 -2023 at East and Roosevelt High Schools with a plan to expand to all Des Moines high schools by 2024. Below are the demographics and career interests of the AS students.

Program Guarantees

The Avenue Scholars program is designed to help committed students and participants develop the following five essential job-ready attributes:

1) Education/Training

A committed AS participant graduates from high school, completes relevant career education or training, and is goal oriented toward an AS-approved pathway.

2) Work Experience

A committed AS participant demonstrates a successful work history.

3) Work-Ready Skills

A committed AS participant demonstrates work-ready habits and skills, including responsibility, work ethic, communication, positive attitude, professionalism, teamwork, and problem solving.

4) Attendance

A committed AS participant demonstrates consistent attendance at school, work, and AS engagements.

4) Financial & Personal Well-Being

A committed AS participant demonstrates the ability to: overcome barriers to employment, financial, physical, and mental well-being, and access community resources and services when necessary.

How Can Your Business Get Involved?

Avenue Scholars collaborates with businesses to provide students with career exploration, professional development, and career access opportunities in the following sectors:

  • Business
  • Health Services
  • Information Technology
  • Skilled Trades & Advanced Manufacturing
  • Auto/Diesel/Transportation

If you would like to learn more about how your company or organization can partner with Avenue Scholars Des Moines, contact our Business Outreach Coordinator, Mary Core, or Noelle Nelson, Executive Director.

Meet Our Team

Executive Director

Business Outreach Coordinator

Career Coach East HS

Career Coach Roosevelt HS

Administrative Assistant

Thank You to our Partners

Where We’re Located

1800 Grand Avenue, Des Moines IA 50309