Mentor Advantage Program

What is the Mentor Advantage Program?

The Mentor Advantage Program (MAP) is a career-based mentoring program that matches middle and high school students who reside in Polk County with professionals based on a youth’s career interests.  Matches are encouraged to spend time at the mentor’s place of employment with the intent to introduce youth to the mentor’s career and expose them to a “behind-the-scenes” look at how educational concepts are applied in a real-world setting.

Mentoring has been demonstrated to improve relationships with family and peers, increase motivation and self-confidence, and promote academic success among youth.  MAP is certified by the Iowa Mentoring Partnership (IMP) and is funded by the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH).  For more information about MAP, please contact Hannah at hannah@cyconcepts.org.

What is Career Connect?

Career Connect is a summer program that engages middle and high school students in thinking about and planning for their futures.  Students learn about different career options through college visits, job shadows, and readiness workshops.  Click here for more information.

Advisory Committee

Our Program Development Committee acts in an advisory capacity for MAP:

Brittany Freeman, PolicyWorks
Uma Dukle, Georgia Institute of Technology Student
Hannah Hatch, CYC MAP Coordinator
Abby Holt, Employee and Family Resources
Jane Jeffries, Stowe Heights Challenge Course Director
Ritika Shroff, Waukee High School Student
Addie Trueblood, Iowa Primary Care Association
Alicia Vermeer, CYC Operations Director
Zachary Walker, Holmes Murphy & Associates
Joan Wierenga, Keck Parking

Become a Mentor!

Apply Now!

MAP is a guide to success; I know what I want and it’s helping me get there!  I love the opportunity to discover new things about myself and that I am able to explore more options and not be stuck on one career path.  I also enjoy talking to my mentor because she understands some of the struggles I face and I’m glad that I have someone to help guide me in the right direction for a better life.

- MAP Student -

Find a Mentor!

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Here is our current list of mentor needs! We’ll update this list monthly – but if you are interested in being a mentor and don’t see your profession listed here – please apply for the program anyway! We receive student applications on a rolling basis, and constantly need new mentors for the program.

Females:
– Nurse (1)
– Dog groomer / Vet (2)
– Dentist / Dental Hygienist (2)
– Cosmetologist (1)
– Software engineer (1)
– Pilot / Flight instructor (1)
Males:
There are no current needs, but still apply if interested.