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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.

Register now for our June 19 forum – 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

Putting the CYD National Action Blueprint to Work
Learn how you can use the recently released Creative Youth Development (CYD) National Action Blueprint as a resource in your work to advance the role of creativity in youth development …

Cross-Sector Coalition Releases Recommendations to Advance the Role of Creativity in Youth Development
The Creative Youth Development National Partnership, in concert with more than 650 cross-sector stakeholders nationally, is calling for …

Register for CYD Preconference at AFTA’s 2018 Annual Convention
On June 14-15, join your peers from diverse communities across country for Americans for the Art’s Creative Youth Development Preconference  …

Arts as a Key Strategy to Dismantle, Change the School-to-Prison Pipeline
Alex Johnson, Managing Director for Californians for Safety and Justice, on the power of creative youth development in the juvenile justice system …

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