Local Impact

United Way

ACT is a key supporter of the United Way of Johnson County. Our donations and corporate matching make up 10 percent of the local United Way’s yearly budget, which focuses on the priority areas of education, income, and health.  In 2017, ACT received the Game-Changer in Education Award in recognition of outstanding support of education in the Iowa community from our work with the My Very Own Book Drive, the Out of School Time Initiative, employee engagement, and volunteerism. Our team members give their time, talent, and resources throughout the year, including a focused week each fall during the annual campaign.

Women’s Pillar

The Center advocates for a quality education and equal opportunity for women and girls. The Women’s Pillar supports:

  • Iowa Women’s Foundation: The IWF is committed to improving the lives of Iowa’s women and girls through economic self-sufficiency. With a diversified mix of action and funding including research, grant making, advocacy, education, and collaboration we work to alleviate the causes and not just the symptoms of economic illiteracy.
  • Iowa Women Lead Change:  The IWLC is the state’s premier leadership organization for women, offering comprehensive leadership resources including events featuring prominent speakers, statewide networking opportunities, public/private initiatives like the EPIC Corporate Challenge and other important services to advance women’s leadership in all aspects of their lives.

Go Be Great / ACT Jr. Scholars Program

ACT Jr. Scholars Program is ACT’s collaboration with members of the “Divine 9” Black fraternities and sororities, Iowa City Community School District Foundation and several local partners. Its goal is to be a framework to help underserved students in Iowa become more prepared for post-secondary options. Starting with students in seventh grade-career, it works to:

  • Identify intervention points
  • Provide access to ACT products & services
  • Deliver summer programming (study skills, networking, etc.)
  • Work with counselors and community advocacy groups.
  • Help parents support early education
  • Help students explore career pathways

MLK Distinguished Lecture Series

ACT hosts national African-American leaders at our Iowa City campus to discuss relevant issues for advancing ACT’s mission and bridging the equity gap in education for underserved populations. To read about an one such ACT-hosted event, click here.

University of Iowa Scholars

Financial support for students from historically underrepresented populations in graduate degree programs at the University of Iowa. Learn more about ACT’s collaboration with the University of Iowa Graduate College here.

Kirkwood Community College Scholars

Financial support for students from historically underrepresented populations who are pursuing AA or AS degrees with a STEM focus at Kirkwood Community College. Learn more about ACT’s Endowed Scholarship Program at Kirkwood Community College here.

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