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Des Moines Soccer Club Spring Registration

Mar 8 (all day)
Location:
Aliber Soccer Complex (6226 Grand Ave.) & Water Works Soccer Complex (5171 Park Ave.)
Event For:
Children born 2020-2009
Audience Location:
Des Moines and surrounding areas
Cost:
Kickstart (2020-2019) $55; In-House Rec (2018-2016) $150; Travel Rec (2015-2009) $160; Academy (2015-2014) $275
Organization:
Des Moines Soccer Club
Contact:
Matt Ream
Email:
membership@desmoinessoccerclub.org
Phone:
(530) 400-0713
Des Moines Soccer Club strives to provide a positive and accessible club soccer experience with a focus on holistic player-centered development. Join us this spring for our soccer programs, open to all children born 2020 through 2009.

Spring Break Girls Empowerment Workshop – Young Women’s Resource Center

Mar 12, 11:00 am
Location:
818 5th Ave Des Moines, IA 50309
Event For:
10-18
Audience Location:
Des Moines & Surrounding Area
Cost:
Free
Organization:
Young Women's Resource Center
Contact:
Anna Forrester
Email:
aforrester@ywrc.org
Phone:
(515) 244-4901
Young Women's Resource Center - Spring Break Girls Empowerment Workshop March 12th 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM (5th and 6th Graders) March 13th 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM (7th & 8th Graders) March 14th 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM (High Schoolers) Free to attend. Brunch provided. Transportation provided.

Entirely Kids Day: Africa

Mar 16, 11:00 am
Location:
Des Moines Art Center, 4700 Grand Ave, Des Moines IA 50312
Event For:
Ages 3-16 and families
Cost:
FREE
Organization:
Des Moines Art Center
Contact:
Mia Buch
Email:
mbuch@desmoinesartcenter.org
Phone:
(515) 271-0349
Designed for art lovers of any age, Entirely Kids Day: Africa is a free event inviting visitors to explore the museum and participate in hands on activities, dance, music, and more inspired by the Art Center’s current exhibition, “States of Becoming.” 

G.E.M.S. – Girls Exploring Medicine and Science

Mar 23, 7:45 am
Location:
DMU: 3200 Grand Avenue, Des Moines, Iowa 50312
Event For:
4th - 7th grade girls
Cost:
Free
Organization:
Des Moines University
Contact:
Hanna de Geest
Email:
hanna.degeest@dmu.edu
Phone:
(641) 295-3494
Des Moines University invites girls to enjoy a FREE morning of hands-on workshops to expose and inspire them to consider careers in healthcare and science (surgery, anatomy, microbiology, physical therapy, and casting labs) Apply here: https://dmu.campuslabs.com/engage/submitter/form/start/572735

Virtual Math Tutoring

Mar 25, 5:30 pm
Location:
Virtual
Event For:
4th Grade through High School
Audience Location:
Virtual
Cost:
Free
Organization:
Jewels Academy
Contact:
Gena Wolgamott
Email:
gena@jewelsacademy.org
Phone:
(641) 351-9829
Jewels Academy will offer Free Virtual Math Tutoring on Mondays, 3/25-4/25, 5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. CST. We will offer tutoring to grades 4th - 8th (Note: resources available for advanced concepts - Algebra I, II, Geometry, and Precalculus). Email Info@jewelsacademy.org for questions

Go Further Girls STEM Conference

Mar 26, 9:00 am
Event For:
8th-10th grade
Cost:
$25
Organization:
WiSE: Program for Women in Science and Engineering
Contact:
Taylor Bryan
Email:
tbryan@iastate.edu
Phone:
(515) 294-5814
ISU Student Role Models presents 4 STEM Exploration camps per semester that provides experiences into different fields of STEM for 8th to 10th grade students. Each camp is led by Iowa State University students who are currently studying each specific field. *This is not a school sponsored event*

The 19th Annual Governor’s Conference on LGBTQ Youth

Apr 5, 8:00 am
Location:
Prairie Meadows Events Center, Altoona, IA
Event For:
Middle/high school students, educators, families
Cost:
$110 Adults, $40 Students (Student scholarships available)
Organization:
Iowa Safe Schools
Contact:
Hannah Mitchell
Email:
hannah@iowasafeschools.org
Phone:
(515) 381-0588
The annual Governor's Conference on LGBTQ Youth is the largest LGBTQ youth conference in the country. It will feature engaging workshops and networking opportunities. This year's conference will feature keynotes Mercury Stardust (Trans Handy Ma'am) & Rep. Zooey Zephyr!

Des Moines BMX League Open House

Apr 9, 5:30 pm
Location:
80/35 BMX (Ewing Park, 1701 E. McKinley Ave, Des Moines, IA)
Event For:
4-15
Organization:
80/35 BMX
Contact:
Casey Welty
Email:
bmxiowa@gmail.com
Phone:
(515) 250-6498
This free experience will give families a hands-on, up-close-and-personal look at BMX Racing. The open house encourages enrollment in our next Beginners-only League season for kids 4-15 years of age. The Des Moines BMX Beginners League runs for five Tuesdays, starting April 16 (5:30PM-8:00PM).

B.R.O.S. – Boys Reaching for Opportunity in Science

Apr 13, 7:45 am
Location:
DMU - 3200 Grand Ave. Des Moines, IA 50312
Event For:
4ht- 7th grade boys
Cost:
Free
Organization:
Des Moines University
Contact:
Hanna de Geest
Email:
hanna.degeest@dmu.edu
Phone:
(641) 295-3494
Des Moines University invites boys to enjoy a FREE morning of hands-on workshops to expose and inspire them to consider careers in healthcare and science (surgery, anatomy, microbiology, physical therapy, and casting labs) Apply here: https://dmu.campuslabs.com/engage/submitter/form/start/572739

Springtime Hill Climb

Apr 13, 8:30 am
Location:
4900 Doanes Park Rd., Pleasant Hill, IA
Event For:
Any
Audience Location:
Pleasant Hill / Des Moines
Cost:
$25
Organization:
City of Pleasant Hill Parks and Recreation
Contact:
Ryan Merritt
Email:
parks.info@pleasanthilliowa.org
Phone:
(515) 262-9368
Join us for the Springtime Hill Climb. This is a fun springtime race through the streets and trails of Pleasant Hill, IA. The race is 5K (3.1 miles) and is chip-timed. Race proceeds will support Mental Health Awareness in our community.

Family Camp

Apr 28 (all day)
Location:
Camp Hantesa 1450 Oriole Road Boone, IA 50036
Event For:
All ages!
Cost:
$100/person
Organization:
Camp Fire Heart of Iowa
Contact:
Katie Lakatosh
Email:
katie@campfireiowa.org
Phone:
(515) 432-1417
Experience the joy of camping as a family without any of the work! Join our staff for scheduled activities or skip out and do your own thing. This weekend is all about family bonding!

Street Survival – Safe Driving Program

Apr 28, 8:30 am
Location:
DMACC Parking Lot, 2006 S. Ankeny Blvd, Ankeny, IA
Event For:
High School Students
Cost:
$125.00
Organization:
SCCA Foundation and BMW CCA Foundation
Contact:
Kathy Talbot
Email:
tkathy62@gmail.com
Phone:
(515) 490-5833
Street Survival is a one day teen safe-driving program designed to give teens the hands on experience and tools to become smarter, safer drivers. Challenging driving situations on a private course allows students to experience abnormal vehicle behavior in a safe and supervised environment.

Little League Baseball and Softball Registration

Apr 30 (all day)
Location:
Beaverdale Little League
Event For:
3 to 16
Audience Location:
NW Des Moines
Organization:
Beaverdale Little League
Contact:
Andy Hughes
Email:
beaverdalebaseball@gmail.com
Phone:
(515) 979-3479
Little League Baseball and Softball registration is open at Beaverdale Little League.

JDRF One Walk, Des Moines 2024

May 11, 8:00 am
Location:
DMACC Ankeny Campus - 2006 S Ankeny Blvd, Ankeny, IA 50023
Event For:
All Ages!
Audience Location:
This is not a Des Moines Public Schools activity. The district shares this information as a courtesy to create awareness of community opportunities available to our students, staff, and their families.
Organization:
JDRF Greater Des Moines
Contact:
Carley Farnsworth
Email:
CFarnsworth@jdrf.org
Phone:
(515) 689-7287
Our JDRF One Walk will take place the DMACC - Ankeny Campus again this year! Check-in for our 2024 JDRF One Walk will begin at 8:00 AM and the walk will kick-off at 10:00 AM. Join us before the kick-off and after walking for some food, games, and entertainment.

Youth Healthy Relationships

May 11, 1:00 pm
Location:
At the place the group picks to eat each week!
Event For:
11 - 17
Audience Location:
Varies wkly
Cost:
FREE
Organization:
Courageous Access
Contact:
Courageous Fire
Email:
courageousaccess@gmail.com
Phone:
(515) 428-0077
Youth meet w/their peers weekly for 8 weeks & build a healthy relationship model. This year youth will be grouped on their choice of whether they are male-identifying or female-identifying w/a matching facilitator for each group. Free food, fun, & life-changing skills. What's not to love?!

Girls on the Run 5K

May 19, 10:00 am
Location:
1007 E Grand Ave. Des Moines
Cost:
$25
Organization:
Girls on the Run of Central Iowa
Contact:
Christa Vander Leest
Email:
christa.vanderleest@dmymca.org
Phone:
(515) 410-9845
Each season comes to an end with a celebratory 5K. This closing event gives program participants of all abilities a tangible sense of accomplishment. Crossing the finish line instills confidence through completion. All are welcome to participant in the 5K.

Girls on the Run – Spring 2024 Season

May 19, 2:45 pm
Location:
Various DMPS sites
Event For:
3rd-8th grade
Cost:
$0-$150
Organization:
Girls on the Run of Central Iowa
Contact:
Melinda Urick
Email:
melinda.urick@girlsontherun.org
Phone:
(216) 533-4882
Girls on the Run spring season starts March 25 and goes through May 19. Girls on the Run inspires individuals of all abilities to discover, build, and grow their self-confidence. Lessons blend physical activity with life skill development — finishing the season with a celebratory 5K.

Campus Life Club

May 20, 3:30 pm
Location:
Westchester Church; 4919 Aurora Ave. Des Moines
Event For:
6th-8th Grade
Audience Location:
Meredith MS
Cost:
N/A
Organization:
Youth for Christ
Contact:
Brett Teel
Email:
bteel@giyfc.org
Phone:
(984) 365-1716
Campus Life Club is a high energy weekly event for Meredith MS students packed with games, food and prizes. It is a space where kids can come be themselves in a fun, yet safe environment and have role model adults to look up to and learn from.

Metro Barnstormers 7v7 Football League

May 22, 7:00 pm
Location:
Valley Stadium
Event For:
9th-12th Graders (ages 13-18)
Audience Location:
Des Moines Metro Area
Cost:
$140
Organization:
YMCA of Greater Des Moines
Contact:
Mat Snider
Email:
mat.snider@dmymca.org
Phone:
(515) 224-1888
A fun, competitive, non-contact way to play football! 6 6-week season - 12 games guaranteed, All passing - played on a 40-yard field plus end zone, Allows scoring both on the offense and defense. Financial Assistance is Available! *Game jersey, soft shell helmet & mouth guard included.

Campus Life Boys Soccer Open Gym

May 23, 3:30 pm
Location:
Westchester Church; 4919 Aurora Ave. Des Moines
Event For:
6th Grade
Audience Location:
Meredith MS
Cost:
N/A
Organization:
Youth for Christ
Contact:
Brett Teel
Email:
bteel@giyfc.org
Phone:
(984) 365-1716
This is a boys soccer open gym for Meredith MS 6th graders to come play soccer skirmishes and have a fun community to do it in.

Skip the Trip with Boys & Girls Clubs (Driver’s Permit)

May 24 (all day)
Location:
5 metro teen locations
Event For:
Ages 14+
Audience Location:
DMPS students
Cost:
All costs covered by BGCCI
Organization:
Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Iowa
Contact:
Mallory Riesberg
Email:
mriesberg@bgcci.org
Phone:
(816) 797-2056
BGCCI can now deliver the knowledge test to students for the driver's instruction permit onsite at the student's school or club site. Additionally, all costs and transportation to obtaining the instruction permit are covered. Must be a BGCCI member - quick and easy for students to apply today.

Boys & Girls Clubs Afterschool Programs

May 24 (all day)
Location:
8 metro locations
Event For:
All DMPS students
Organization:
Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Iowa
Contact:
Neisa Taylor
Email:
ntaylor@bgcci.org
Phone:
(515) 242-7925
The Boys & Girls Clubs offers high-quality programs in safe environments for youth in kindergarten through high school at eight locations across the metro. Our programming focuses around Academic Success, Character & Leadership, and Healthy Lifestyles. Quick and easy to become a member today!

YMCA Youth Spring Soccer

May 25, 1:00 pm
Location:
Waukee Family YMCA
Event For:
5 to 10 year olds
Audience Location:
Des Moines Metro Area
Cost:
The cost may vary depending on the player's age and membership status.
Organization:
YMCA of Greater Des Moines
Contact:
Mat Snider
Email:
mat.snider@dmymca.org
Phone:
(515) 224-1888
Our soccer programs are designed for players of all abilities who want to have fun, take part in healthy competition, and develop their skills. Players will learn the fundamentals of the game and the importance of teamwork, responsibility, and sportsmanship.

Nocturnal Science Nights at Science Center of Iowa

May 30, 5:00 pm
Location:
Science Center of Iowa
Event For:
K-12 with Families
Cost:
$1,300 deposit
Organization:
Science Center of Iowa
Contact:
Rob Burnett/Karen Miglin
Email:
sales@sciowa.org
Phone:
(515) 274-6868
Join us in creating lasting memories and sparking a lifelong passion for science. The Science Center of Iowa's Nocturnal Science Night is more than an event; it's an odyssey of discovery, curiosity, and wonder. Book your spot today and let the exploration begin! Spring dates are filling up quickly!

Junior Menace

Jun 1, 5:30 pm
Location:
Des Moines Metro
Event For:
Ages 3 - 9
Audience Location:
Des Moines Metro
Cost:
$60 - $110
Organization:
Des Moines Menace
Contact:
Sydney Tatam
Email:
sydney.tatam@menacesoccer.com
Phone:
(515) 457-6367
Join the fun this spring with the Menace! Junior Menace is for boys and girls, ages 3 to 9, and is a program designed for all ability levels and we encourage beginners! This is a great program to learn and practice soccer skills through engaging activities and games. We accept walk-ups the first nig

2024 Simpson College Youth Football Camp

Jun 3, 8:30 am
Location:
Simpson College Bill Buxton Stadium 701 N C Street, Indianola, IA 50125
Event For:
Grades 1st thru 8th
Audience Location:
Des Moines
Cost:
$100.00
Organization:
Simpson College Football
Contact:
Jason Martinez
Email:
jason.martinez@simpson.edu
Phone:
(517) 414-1995
Simpson Storm Football invites you to our annual summer Youth Football Camp.

Study Abroad Opportunities with CIEE

Jun 9 (all day)
Event For:
High School Students: Grades 9-12
Organization:
CIEE (Council on International Educational Exchange)
Contact:
Jasmin Nunez
Email:
hsabroad@ciee.org
Phone:
(866) 583-0332
Join us for a 3-to-4-week program over the summer in over 30+ locations across the globe! Gain real-world experience in a world language, science, government, business, art, and social change! Scholarships available! Scholarship Deadline: January 24, 2024

Camp Sunnyside 2024

Jun 9 (all day)
Location:
401 NE 66th Ave. Des Moines, IA 50313
Event For:
Ages 5+
Organization:
Easterseals Iowa
Contact:
Celie Kohls
Email:
campandrespite@eastersealsia.org
Phone:
(515) 309-2375
Easterseals Supported Day Camp sessions provide an integrated setting where children through young adults with and without disabilities learn and grow together

Y Camp Summer 2024

Jun 10 (all day)
Location:
1192 166th Drive Boone IA 50036
Event For:
7-17
Cost:
Varies by Program
Organization:
Des Moines Y Camp
Contact:
Melanie Mellinger
Email:
melanie.mellinger@dmymca.org
Phone:
(515) 432-7558
For 100 years, the Des Moines Y Camp has been filled with songs, laughter, adventures and friendship. Summer Camp is the foundation on which Y Camp is built. Overnight Camp, Day Camp, Family Camp and our amazing Partner Camps all work to bring the impact and value of camp to all who enter the Valley

Drake University Voice Intensive

Jun 15 (all day)
Location:
Drake University
Event For:
Students 14+
Cost:
$375, with overnight options available for additional fees
Organization:
Drake University Community School of Music
Contact:
Alyssa Becker
Email:
alyssa.becker@drake.edu
Phone:
(515) 271-3534
The annual Drake University Voice Intensive (DUVI) is a summertime camp designed for young singers ages 14+ to develop their voices and build confidence in performing and auditioning.

JA Biztown in a Day

Jun 18, 8:30 am
Location:
6100 Grand Avenue Des Moines, IA
Event For:
students going into 5th through 8th grade
Cost:
$100
Organization:
junior achievement
Contact:
Rachael Haaland
Email:
rachael@jacentraliowa.org
Phone:
(515) 279-9602
Discover what it takes to be a business tycoon or a future CEO, CFO or even Mayor! Join us for a one-day experience that develops future leaders, business professionals and entrepreneurs. Your student will experience all facets of running a business in a fun and interactive way.

Empowerment Through the Arts

Jun 23, 3:00 pm
Location:
Des Moines, IA
Event For:
18+
Audience Location:
Des Moines, IA
Cost:
FREE
Organization:
Courageous Access
Contact:
Courageous Fire
Email:
courageousaccess@gmail.com
Phone:
(515) 428-0077
Black women domestic violence survivors & co-survivors (women whose parents were abusive in their childhood) need support, knowledge, & empowerment in a culturally-infused environment from & w/their peers. That's what this program offers. It has been largely effective in helping us NOT return to DV!

Traditional Taekwondo Classes

Jun 28 (all day)
Location:
2017 Southlawn Dr., Des Moines, IA
Event For:
Ages 5 through Adult
Cost:
$30 per month
Organization:
Two Rivers Martial Arts
Contact:
Jennifer Bailey
Email:
jenjb@trma.us
Phone:
(515) 285-5049
Two Rivers Martial Arts offers traditional taekwondo classes in a family friendly environment. We are a 501(c)3 organization run completely by volunteers so our fees remain low. Classes offered year round. Start anytime! Try out a few classes at no obligation. Additional locations available.

Young Emerging Scientist Aerospace

Jul 6, 9:00 am
Location:
Pleasant St UNIT 216, Des Moines, IA 50314
Event For:
4th grade through 9th grade
Audience Location:
Des Moines
Cost:
$95.00
Organization:
Jewels Academy
Contact:
Gena Wolgamott
Email:
Gena@jewelsacademy.org
Phone:
(641) 351-9829
This summer join Jewels Academy's Y.E.S. Program as we travel into the sky! Learn All about aerospace and the future of flight. This is a 4-week program that meets every Saturday from July 6th, 13, 20th, and 27th, scholarships available for this program as well.

Business Horizons: The Best Week of Summer!

Jul 14 (all day)
Location:
Drake University (Des Moines, IA)
Event For:
High School Students (9-12)
Audience Location:
Des Moines Metro Area
Cost:
$400
Organization:
Iowa ABI Foundation
Contact:
Kendall J Antle
Email:
kantle@iowaabi.org
Phone:
(515) 235-0564
Do you enjoy taking the lead to find creative solutions? Do you like working with a team or competing on real-world challenges? If so, you won't want to miss out on this five-day summer innovation simulation opportunity! Business Horizons hosts 65+ students (grades 9-12) from across Iowa July 14-18.

Teen Summer Spanish Language and Culture Immersion Program

Jul 15 (all day)
Location:
León, Spain
Event For:
14-17 years old
Cost:
1995€ (approx. $2214) *Early Bird Discount available until December 31st
Organization:
CMD SPANISH STAYS
Contact:
Chanda Danley
Email:
chanda.danley@cmd-languages.com
Phone:
(346) 630-1364
CMD Spanish Stays - led by Iowa native Chanda Danley (1996 graduate of Colfax-Mingo High School and 1999 graduate of Central College) as the local onsite program director - offers a 4-week summer Spanish immersion program for teens aged 14-17 in León, Spain from June 16th to July 15th.

Riptide Swimming Lessons

Jul 18 (all day)
Location:
Dowling Catholic High School
Event For:
PreK-6th Grade
Organization:
Riptide
Contact:
Ann Peterson
Email:
dchsyouthswimming@gmail.com
Phone:
(515) 650-3534
Riptide Summer Swimming lessons work to provide children with water safety and basic swimming skills.

Business Horizons: The Best Week of Summer!

Jul 19 (all day)
Location:
Drake University
Event For:
high school students (9-12)
Audience Location:
Des Moines, IA
Organization:
Iowa ABI Foundation
Contact:
Kendall Antle
Email:
kantle@iowaabi.org
Phone:
(515) 235-0564
Do you enjoy taking the lead to find creative solutions? Do you like working with a team or competing on real-world challenges? If so, this session will provide insight into a five-day opportunity this summer that you won’t want to miss! Business Horizons hosts 65+ students (grades 9-12) from across

STEM Summer Camp In The UK | London International Youth Science Forum CIC

Jul 24 (all day)
Location:
LIYSF CIC, 85 Great Portland Street, London, W1W 7LT
Event For:
14+
Audience Location:
London
Cost:
£3,095 GBP
Organization:
London International Youth Science Forum CIC
Contact:
Richard Myhill
Email:
lysfciic@gmail.com
Phone:
(020) 829-5839
The London International Youth Science Forum (LIYSF) is a residential science enrichment programme for students at Imperial College London. The annual two-week science programme attracts 500 students from 70 countries aged 16-21 years old and includes lectures from leading scientists, visits to worl

Young Emerging Scientists Aerospace Summer Program

Jul 26, 9:00 am
Location:
Robert Mickle Center
Event For:
4th-9th Girls and Boys
Audience Location:
Robert Mickle Center Pleasant St UNIT 216, Des Moines, IA 50314
Cost:
$95
Organization:
Jewels Academy
Contact:
Gena Wolgamott
Email:
gena@jewelsacademy.org
Phone:
(641) 351-9829
Join Jewels Academy's Y.E.S. Aerospace Program as we travel into the sky! We will make space rovers, tour Iowa State's Space Program, and more! This is a 4-week program that meets every from July 6th, 13, 20th, and 27th, scholarships available for this program as well. Girls and Boys are welcome.

Summer Sports Clinics

Aug 1, 1:00 pm
Location:
Walnut Creek & Waukee Family YMCA
Event For:
6-12 year olds
Audience Location:
Des Moines Metro Area
Cost:
Member: $100, Non-Member $120
Organization:
YMCA of Greater Des Moines
Contact:
Mat Snider
Email:
mat.snider@dmymca.org
Phone:
(515) 224-1888
YMCA Summer Sports Clinics allow kids to play traditional sports like Basketball, Flag Football, Soccer, and Volleyball—or non-traditional sports such as Golf, Pickleball, Tennis, and All Sports. Financial assistance is available. Please get in touch with the welcome desk.

Youth Healthy Relationships for System-Involved Girls of Color

Sep 30 (all day)
Location:
Varies
Event For:
11 - 17
Audience Location:
Varies
Cost:
FREE
Organization:
Courageous Access
Contact:
Courageous Fire
Email:
courageousaccess@gmail.com
Phone:
(515) 428-0077
System-involved girls of color get a Black female facilitator to help them build a healthy relationship model & identify healthy influence w/their peers. In this 6- to 8-wk span, they get free food they choose, engaging, relatable learning techniques, & resources for support and greater health after

Emerald College Prep Program BizInnovator

Oct 3, 5:00 pm
Location:
Virtual
Event For:
9th grade through 12th grade
Organization:
Jewels Academy
Contact:
Gena Wolgamott
Email:
Gena@jewelsacademy.org
Phone:
(641) 351-9829
The Emerald College Prep Program for Biz Innovators will be held starting the fall of 2024 (10/3 - 11/28; Thursdays from 5:00 - 7:00 PM CST). This course is for 9th - 12th graders with the option to receive three transferable college credits. The course is geared toward college-bound high schooler

Parenting Skills

Oct 10 (all day)
Location:
4211 Grand Ave. Des Moines
Event For:
Families
Organization:
Richards Family Support Services
Contact:
Lisa Richards
Email:
Lisarichardsfss@gmail.com
Phone:
(515) 779-7804
I provide in-home or in office parenting skills. 30 years of experience. Specializing in difficult behaviors, such as ADHD, trauma, or family issues.