The National Guild for Community Arts Education, Mass Cultural Council, and Americans for the Arts together have formed the Creative Youth Development National Partnership. These organizations have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to formalize their joint commitment to advancing creative youth development (CYD) as a field of practice nationwide.
Creative youth development is a recently coined term that organizes a longstanding community of practice that intentionally integrates the arts, sciences, and humanities with youth development principles, sparking young people’s creativity and building critical learning and life skills that carry into adulthood.
This new coalition is collaborating to organize and accelerate the CYD movement through a collective impact strategy with a common agenda, shared systems and activities, cross-sector engagement, and continuous communications. The Partnership aims to strengthen community-based organizations working in youth development and the arts, sciences, and humanities; develop and support adult practitioners in the field; and benefit youth by increasing access to CYD opportunities throughout the United States.
In 2014, representatives of the creative youth development field came together at the first National Summit for Creative Youth Development to form its first-ever national agenda. The Creative Youth Development National Partnership has embraced a collective impact strategy to implement this agenda.