Creating Successful Young Adults

Community Youth Concept’s mission is to ensure all Iowa youth have access to high quality opportunities that prepare them for success in school, work, and life.

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What We Do

We manage youth development programs and provide training and technical assistance to youth-serving organizations.

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Youth Programs

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Latest News

“What’s Your 50?” Volunteer Recognition Awards

Community Youth Concepts is excited to announce the launch of the “What’s Your 50?” youth volunteer recognition awards and the Youth of the Year Scholarship! Please pass along to qualified students and help us highlight the great volunteer efforts of...

December Newsletter

 “Life’s most persistent and nagging question is, ‘What are you doing for others?'” – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr On MLK Day, over 60 youth and adults gathered at the CYC offices to answer this exact question. Some assembled and painted...

Des Moines Mentoring Initiative

In celebration of the 2015 Mentoring Day at the Capital, all seven of Des Moines’ certified mentoring programs are joining forces to launch a new initiative aimed at increasing quality mentors for area youth. The “Be a Mentor” initiative is aimed at reaching adults...


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

I know about some of the problems and needs in my community.

  • Before 65%
  • After 94%

I take pride in being part of the community.

  • Before 67%
  • After 86%

I know about ways to be involved in my community.

  • Before 60%
  • After 86%

I feel valued by adults in my community.

  • Before 69%
  • After 91%

I have the skills to help organize and carry out a community project.

  • Before 61%
  • After 91%

I can make a difference in my community.

  • Before 79%
  • After 95%


We allocate our resources to best serve our community.

Program Expenditures


Training & Technical Assistance


Youth Programs



Support & Revenue


State & Federal Grants


Corporate Sponsorships


Training & Consultation Fees


United Way and Public Support

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