Our Vision

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

Register for Conference for Community Arts Education & National Young Artists Summit
The National Guild’s 2019 Conference for Community Arts Education, taking place October 30–November 2 in Austin, TX, will feature a Creative Youth Development track with workshops inspiring and engaging for both adults and young artists …

Call for Youth Presenters and Performers – Aug 22 Deadline
The National Youth Arts Summit Youth Planning Team is currently seeking proposals to present, perform, or share work at the 2019 National Young Artists Summit on Saturday, November 1 in Austin, TX …

Learning Series Continues – Trends in CYD Programs on Aug 28
Join us for an overview of the soon-to-be published Trends in CYD Programs landscape analysis …

“Working with Youth” Landscape Analysis Released
Americans for the Arts has commissioned field experts to produce a set of seven landscape analyses about key topics within youth development …



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