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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 kelsey@cyconcepts.org and join the...

You’re Invited to CYC’s Open House!

Join us to celebrate our move to our new home at 1446 Martin Luther King Jr Pkwy in Des Moines! When: October 7th, 2014 3:30-5:00 PM Why: Tour our new space and learn about our Fall programs for youth! If your organization happens to have coffee cups, please bring one and we will exchange it for one of our new cups! RSVP: www.cyconceptscommunityopenhouse.eventbrite.com...

CYC Named Global Youth Service Day Lead Agency

CYC is proud to partner with Youth Service America and Global Youth Service Day as the Iowa Global Youth Service Day lead partner. Check out Iowa updates on Facebook  for regular updates on how you can become involved! Global Youth Service Day will be held April 11-13,...

4th Annual Sidewalk Chalk Flood a huge success!

Over 450 people came out to celebrate the contributions of youth to the community by chalking the Pappajohn Education Center with their visions and hopes for central Iowa. Participants enjoyed yoga, zumba, face painting, fish print-making, boat-floating, and chalk-making with local partners.  Check out photos from the days’ events on our Facebook page.  Additional photos from our events and past Floods can be found at...