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We believe that the future of our community starts with our students. It starts by believing in them, advocating for them, and relentlessly supporting them as they carve out their career path. That's why we've created an organization that's bridging the gap between education and business, guaranteeing careers for our youth of hope and need through supportive relationships, individualized coaching, education, and training.


What We Do



Avenue Scholars provides comprehensive, individualized support services to help eligible students in Des Moines area high schools 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. We take a holistic approach to career preparation to ensure our students are set up for success.


To maximize student employment opportunities and address area workforce needs, the program supports students pursuing careers in five high-demand industry sectors:

Skilled Trades
& Manufacturing
Information Technology 
Health Sciences
Automotive & Transportation

Our Schools


Starting in the 2022 – 2023 school year, Avenue Scholars began providing this comprehensive program in central Iowa. Currently in the Des Moines Public Schools at East, Roosevelt, and North High Schools with a plan to expand to all Des Moines high schools by 2024.

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East High School

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North High School

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Hoover High School

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Roosevelt High School

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Lincoln High School

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Central Campus

Scholars at a Glance

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2024 - 2025 Avenue Scholars Student Enrollment

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Meet Our Scholars


Our WHY: We strive to equip and empower our scholars to build sustainable careers to strengthen our community and positively impact future generations. 

Biye B.

"I would not be the person I am today without the help of Avenue Scholars. Not only did the program help me find a career that I'm passionate about, but they've also helped me learn how to be a better person academically and personally."


"Avenue Scholars has provided a greater door to opportunity. I'm enrolled in the Construction Management program at Iowa Western and with the support of my Avenue Scholars coach, I am enjoying it, and doing well in my classes." 

Ayoko D.

"Avenue Scholars guided me in the right direction and made sure that I was on the right path. To me, Avenue Scholars is a "home for the lost." A place where it's okay to be lost, cry, or to be feeling confused. However, giving up and feeling hopeless and defeated are not in the Avenue Scholars dictionary. They are hope, way makers and providers."


Our Partners

Des Moines Public Schools
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