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WriteGirl, Los Angeles, CA, 2013 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Awardee. Photo: WriteGirl, a project of Community Partners

All young people will have equitable access to opportunities to develop their creative potential, to live richer, fuller lives and develop the critical learning and life skills they need to become active contributors to their communities.

The Creative Youth Development National Partnership is working in concert with the broader field to drive collective action in three strategic priorities to advance creative youth development:

  • VISIBILITY & IMPACT: Documenting and Communicating Outcomes and Impact
  • FUNDING: Building Pathways to Funding
  • FIELD BUILDING: Professional Development, Networking & Technical Assistance

 

Read the National Action Blueprint

National Action Blueprint Outlines Strategies for Positive Change

Detroit, Michigan - Mosaic Singers in concert. The Mosaic Singers are part of Mosaic Youth Theatre, which provides free, professional quality theater and music training for teenagers in the Detroit area. Copyright Jim West.

The Creative Youth Development National Partnership, in concert with more than 650 cross-sector stakeholders nationally, is calling for all young people to have equitable access to opportunities to: realize their creative potential; live richer, fuller lives; and develop the critical learning and life skills they need to become active contributors to their communities. Read the Blueprint.

Learn more about how people are putting the Blueprint to work.

About CYD

What is Creative Youth Development?

A man teaches a girl the violin as part of Kids 4 Harmony, a program of Berkshire Children and Families.

Creative youth development (CYD) is a recent term for a longstanding theory of practice  that integrates creative skill-building, inquiry, and expression with positive youth development principles, fueling young people’s imaginations and building critical learning and life skills.

From the Blog

From the Blog

CYD National Partnership Co-Hosts Track at BOOST in May
The Clare Rose Foundation, in partnership with the CYD National Partnership, is proud to host the first BOOST creative youth development workshop strand …

TAG Quarterly Explores Creative Youth Development
The Winter 2019 issue of the TAG Quarterly is all about Creative Youth Development! The free online publication from the Teaching Artists Guild was released last week …

Designing for Engagement Webinar (Recording Now Available)
Last month, the National Guild for Community Arts Education and the Wallace Foundation teamed up to host a free webinar to discuss the recently released Wallace report …

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