Creating Successful Iowa Youth

Community Youth Concepts’ mission is to engage and connect Iowa students through youth development programming and to provide coaching, training, and technical assistance in best practices to youth-serving non-profits.

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Help Further Our Impact

Do you want to help further the impact of CYC’s youth programs? Your tax-deductible donation helps us connect with more than 5,000 youth across central Iowa. We are seeking support to renovate part of our first floor into a “Youth Enrichment Center”, that will be used for tutoring and facilitating our youth after school programs.

Looking to get involved? Look at our floor plans for our Youth Enrichment Center, and if you desire to make a donation to assist with our renovations, click the button entitled “Support the Youth Enrichment Center”.

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What We Do

We provide volunteer service opportunities and career-based mentoring to Iowa youth in order to improve their future success as students, professionals, and active community members.

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Seeking Teachers to Mentor Des Moines Youth

Our Mentor Advantage Program matches local youth who have a particular career interest with adults who have skills and experience in that field. Mentors spend at least four hours a month with mentees, helping them explore their career options and working on volunteer service projects that develop leadership and social skills.   Two of the newest youths on our waiting list for mentor opportunities are female students who are very interested in teaching as a profession. If you have experience as a teacher, and you’d like to make a difference in the life of a student, please consider joining MAP as a mentor. For more information, contact Kelsey at or...

uVoice Awards Two Grants

uVoice is a high school youth philanthropy board created in partnership between Community Youth Concepts and the Mid Iowa Health Foundation. Its mission is to be a board aimed at positively impacting the well-being of youth in central Iowa. This year’s board is comprised of 8 members from various high schools in Polk County. They learned how to assess needs in the community, design and award grants to address those needs, and participated in volunteer service projects throughout the community. This year’s uVoice’s grant application focused on reducing stress for youth in Polk County. Applicants had to demonstrate their efforts through activities that improve school climate, activities that ease the transitions between middle and high school and/or high school to college, promote a safe after school environment, or establish peer-to-peer mentoring. After receiving many grant applications, the students decided to grant their funds to Children’s Cancer Connection and Amanda the Panda. The uVoice students recognized that these organizations are making great strides in Des Moines and wanted to support their missions. The grant awarded to Children’s Cancer Connection will go toward a summer leadership camp, which the uVoice students will also support as volunteers. The Amanda the Panda grant will help create Cheer Boxes to brighten the holidays of families who have lost a loved one, and support suicide response teams which are sent to schools and various communities when they experience a suicide. uVoice empowers youth voices to directly combat the issues facing youth in our community. If you know a high school student in Polk County that would be interested in being apart of this unique opportunity, contact Tess Hunting for more information at or...

Sign up for Career Connect Fall 2015!

Career Connect registration is now open for Fall 2015. Students entering grades 6 through 12 are invited to register for an exciting three month series of college visits, local business tours, and service projects. Participants will network with local employers, get résumé help, and learn how to get the skills that will help them become job ready. Career Connect kicks off at CYC on July 30th, and events are held weekly through the end of September. Transportation to events is available, and students who attend eight events will receive a special gift! Sign-up for Career Connect is open through July 27. Reserve your spot today!...


Not only do we set high goals for our community, we also set high goals for ourselves.

I plan to finish high school.

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I energetically pursue my goals.

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I can find lots of ways around any problem.

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I know I will find a job after I graduate.

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My facilitators make me feel my work is important.

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I am confident in my ability to help organize and carry out a volunteer service project.

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