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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

 

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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.