About

“Thanks for taking the time to come in and introduce us to a wiser life. All the activities we did together created teamwork. The car project was awesome, and we should do more. The people you invited to inform us about their careers are really cool. I never thought about doing anything like that before. Thanks for loving and spending time with us. Come back again next year to do the CYC STEM program!”

Sabrina

Our Mission

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.

Our Vision

An Iowa where all youth have access to high-quality opportunities that prepare them for success in school, work, and life. 

Our Philosophy

Founded in 2008 by Amy Ostrander Croll and Lynette Marchant, Community Youth Concepts (CYC) is a mission-driven organization based in Des Moines, Iowa. By promoting the use of positive youth development principles and best practices, CYC provides volunteer service opportunities and career-based mentoring to Iowa youth in order to improve their future success as students, professionals, and active community members.

 

CYC’s guiding principles include the following values: 

• We respond to and address the needs of youth and the community. 
• We operate according to best practices and share them with others through effective training and technical assistance models. 
• We include youth whenever possible in the decision making process. 
• We assess all programs we provide on a regular and ongoing basis, incorporating a continuous improvement process based on sound data. 
• We are cognizant of our fiscal responsibilities and are good stewards of our funds. 

We invite you in to see how CYC is different and encourage you to consider how you want to be part of our youth development movement.

Jeremy Weiss, Ernst & Young

Marcy Baker, Sammons Financial Group

Denika Almburg, Almburg Properties

Brent Pattison, Drake University Law School

Jessinda Madonia, Bankers Trust

Amy Cownie, Keller Williams Realty

Amanda Formaro, Kemin Industries

Sunni Swarbrick, Diversified Management Services

Malai Amfahr, Community Housing Initiatives

Marina Grabchuk, Belin McCormick

Joan Wierenga, Keck Parking

Otto Gunderson, Roosevelt High School Student

Alyssa Flores, Drake University Student

Alliance of Coalitions 4 Change

Cerro Gordo County Health Department Teen Connection

Chrysalis Foundation

Des Moines Parks and Recreation

Des Moines Police Department

Iowa Afterschool Alliance

Iowa Campus Compact

Iowa Collaboration for Youth Development

Iowa Commission on Volunteer Service

Iowa Department of Education

Iowa Department of Public Health

Iowa Foster and Adoptive Families Association

Iowa Service Learning Network

Iowa Statewide Parent Information Center

Polk County Health Department

Polk County Juvenile Court Services

Principal Birdies for Charity

David P. Weikert Center for Youth Program Quality

Days for Girls

Forum for Youth Investment

High/Scope Educational Research Foundation

Wyman Center, Inc.

Youth Service America

Youth Volunteer Corps

Achieving Maximum Potential State-wide Foster Care Youth Advisory Boards (AMP)

American Lung Association

Animal Lifeline

Area Substance Abuse Council, Jackson, Jones, and Clinton Counties

Arts Force Iowa

Ballet Des Moines

Business Horizons

Children and Families of Iowa

Children and Family Urban Movement

Des Moines Area Religious Council

Des Moines Arts Festival

Des Moines Social Club

EAT Greater Des Moines

Furry Friends Refuge

I Have a Dream Foundation

Iowa State University Extension, Polk County

Kiwanis Club-Downtown

MECCA

Mid Iowa Community Action

Movement 515

One Iowa

The Pet Project Midwest

Planned Parenthood of the Heartland

Rebuilding Together

TEDx Des Moines

Urbandale Community Action Network

Visiting Nurse Services

Youth Emergency Shelter and Services

Youth Policy Institute of Iowa

Central College

Des Moines Public Schools

Drake College

Grandview University

Holy Family School

Luther College

Saydel Community Schools

Simpson College

Southeast Polk Community School District

University of Iowa Masters of Social Work (MSW) Program

Urbandale Public Schools

West Des Moines Community School District

Brandy Stephens, Children and Families of Iowa

Carol Behrer, Youth Policy Institute of Iowa

Catherine Wedgewood, Communities In Schools Iowa

Corinne Lambert, United Way of Central Iowa

Heidi Brown, DMPS 21st Century Community Learning Center

Jennifer Farley, Censeo Solutions

Jodee Goche, Kossuth Connections

Julie Cackler, American Camping Association and Community Youth Concepts

Leslie Stonehocker, Iowa Child Care Resource and Referral

Lynelle Hendrickson, Cedar Rapids YMCA

Michelle Rich, Iowa Afterschool Alliance