Community Youth Concepts

Who They Are


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.

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

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.