CYC Celebrates National Mentoring Month!

Community Youth Concepts is proud to celebrate National Mentoring Month this January and we would like to recognize our life- changing mentors who give their time through our Mentor Advantage Program, or better known as MAP. Mentoring, when done right, has been shown to give young people the tools necessary to make responsible decisions and avoid risky behavior. The mentoring effect can be a powerful factor in reducing the number of youth disconnected from school and work, in increasing social and economic mobility, and in creating more productive and prosperous communities.


MAP is designed to connect students ages 12-17 with mentors in their career field of interest, to build 21st century career-readiness skills, improve academics, and provide support to guide them towards their future success. Students are matched with one adult who shares their passions and can expose them to new and exciting career opportunities.


CYC would not be where it is today without the immense help of our volunteers who share their talents with our students. One of our mentees shared that “without (my) mentor, I never would have thought about going to college. She showed me how I can schedule my classes around my work schedule and still graduate on time. “


People who volunteer as a mentor will often tell you they feel rewarded by being someone who matters. They say they have learned a lot about themselves, and feel an improvement in their self-esteem, confidence and communication skills. If you are excited about changing the life of a young person in your community, please contact Kelsey Tyrrell at and join the list of inspiring mentors making a difference in Central Iowa!


Thank you to our current mentors for making the difference!


Tom Cameron                        Jesse Johnston                      Ellie Brown

Catherine Knepper               Megan Ronnenberg             Claire Steinbronn

Spencer Cady                         Gen Scholtes                         Bailey Starner

Clark Colby                            Kellie Staiert                         Kristina McCormick

Kristen Greteman                 Michael Lewis                      Leslie Jasper

Brent Van Hauen                  Stacie Jones                         Stephanie Brewer

Adrienne Parker                   Amanda Thys                       Jenna Ekstrom

Jessica Lancial                       Rose Freymark                   Brady Potthoff

Hannah Stonewall                Ken Tyrrell                          Jered Headrick

Alyssa Ivankovich                Jared Klimowski                Betsy Koshy

Julia LoVan                          Kayla Kienzle                       Don Guarino

Melanie Thwing                   Rita Stevens                       Ralph Van Dyke

John Robinson                    Paige Peterson                     Jody White