(515) 243-4292 info@cyconcepts.org

Mentor Advantage Program (MAP)

“I am so appreciative of the knowledge that my niece’s mentor shared with her on the college process, because I never went to college myself. She has taught my niece about applying for the FASFA, where to apply for scholarships, and she is a huge help with helping my niece balance her schedule for school and work.” Mentee Guardian

Advisory Council Members
  • Tabatha Lamb- Upward Bound
  • Tom Cameron- John Deere Financial
  • Jill Padgett- East High School
  • Chelsea Kammer- Employee and Family Resources
  • Malai Amfahr- United Way of Story County
  • Marina Grabchuck- Belin McCormick
  • Carla Dawson- AmeriCorps Mentoring Advocate
  • Alyssa Flores- Drake University Student
  • Joan Wierenga- Keck Parking

The Mentor Advantage Program (MAP), an Iowa Mentoring Partnership certified program, is funded by the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) and builds relationships between middle and high school youth and professionals. Mentors and mentees are matched based on personality and the mentee’s career interest. The intent is to introduce youth to the mentor’s career, exposing them to a “behind-the-scenes” look at how educational concepts are applied in a real-world setting. Matches are encouraged to spend time at the mentor’s place of employment, giving the mentee an apprenticeship-like experience.

To find out how to get involved as a student or mentor, contact Mentoring Coordinator Wendy Havemann at 515-243-4292 or wendy@cyconcepts.org. And don’t forget to “Like” the MAP Facebook page!

Benefits for the mentee:

  • Increase academic success
  • Improve relationships with peers, teachers, and family
  • Experience greater self-confidence and motivation to succeed
  • Make a new friend
  • Learn about exciting careers

Benefits for the mentor:

  • Increase community involvement
  • Learn new things
  • Make a new friend
  • Realize that YOU can have a positive impact in the life of a young person

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