Three Local CYD Peer Networks Selected for Support

Networks in Austin, TX; Becker County, MN; and Detroit, MI have been chosen, through a  national proposal process, to participate in the CYD National Partnership’s CYD Local Networks Project. This project is designed to support the development of youth-centered, local CYD networks that align with the core values of CYD – youth voice, racial equity, and collective action. Networks will receive 11-months of professional development and technical assistance, led by CYD National Coordinator Ashley Hare, and will share back resources and lessons learned with the broader field. Support is designed to help networks develop and/or deepen engagement and action planning and to connect with CYD networks across the country to learn and share practices.

As stated in the CYD National Action Blueprint (2018): “An effective way for practitioners and other CYD stakeholders to support and learn from each other is through the development of local or regional peer learning networks [. . . ]Core to this strategy is the engagement of youth and community-based organizations, as well as funders, researchers, partners in allied youth sectors (i.e., youth development, workforce development, juvenile justice) and others that share a collective vision of advancing the role of creativity in positive youth development.”

Rural Becker County, Minnesota’s 4-H Extension program and county public health department are building their emerging CYD network by bringing together Creative Youth Development practitioners and youth leaders to share and build creative arts opportunities that support the health and wellness of young people in Becker County.

Abby Sellgren
Abby Sellgren

Leigh Nelson
Leigh Nelson

Detroit, Michigan’s Creative Youth Development Coalition was formed in 2017 as a space for CYD adult practitioners from various organizations to build collective activities reinforcing CYD values. As part of this 2020 Peer Learning Network cohort, they hope to gain insights on how to expand their network to include youth leadership.

Diamond Davis
Diamond Davis

Alisssa Novoselick
Alisssa Novoselick

Austin, Texas network is building upon the energy of young artists at Creative Action and other local CYD organizations who supported the Creative Youth Development’s National Young Artists Summit as the 2019 host site. This emerging youth-led network hopes to break silos across Austin and build a truly collaborative network with youth and adults. This project, supported by the National Endowment for the Arts, is part of the CYD Partnership’s effort to sustain the implementation of Blueprint strategies. The purpose is to develop and deepen connections among local CYD peer learning networks (emerging and sustaining), working in tandem towards CYD National Action Blueprint goals to build the field, support program quality, and raise the visibility of CYD among potential supporters. This strategy is informed by the Partnership’s current work to map the CYD network landscape and highlight effective practices, and by the demonstrated success of parallel regional network investment efforts.

Mickey Johnson
Mickey Johnson

Noah Martin
Noah Martin

Support Available for Local Creative Youth Development Networks

Request for Proposals

As part of an award from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Creative Youth Development (CYD) National Partnership seeks to support three youth-centered, local CYD peer learning networks with professional development and technical assistance.

Applications are due Thursday, January 30, 2020 at 11:59pm PST.

Notifications of acceptance will be sent by February 7, 2020.

Local peer learning networks are an effective way for practitioners and other creative youth development stakeholders to connect, learn, support each other, and collectively advance CYD. At their best, these networks consist of youth and adults working and making decisions alongside each other with an equitable leadership relationship.

Networks must:

    • Demonstrate alignment with the core values of CYD—youth voice, racial equity, and collective action.
    • Designate one adult representative from the intermediary organization and one youth (age 13-20) from the network to participate in all project activities.

Proposals will be accepted from both emerging networks (those that are in the beginning process) and sustaining networks (those that are established and active).

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This is a project of the Creative Youth Development National Partnership, administered by the National Guild for Community Arts Education.

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CYD National Partnership to Build Capacity of Regional Networks with NEA Support

CONTACT: Jenina Podulka

Creative Youth Development National Partnership to Receive $50,000 Grant from the National Endowment for the Arts

New York, NY—The National Guild for Community Arts Education has been approved for a $50,000 Arts Works grant to support the Creative Youth Development National Partnership. This project will support the continued implementation of the National Action Blueprint for Creative Youth Development, a collective impact project. Overall, the National Endowment for the Arts has approved 1,187 grants totaling $27.3 million in the first round of fiscal year 2020 funding to support arts projects in every state in the nation, as well as the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico.

The Art Works funding category supports projects that focus on public engagement with, and access to, various forms of excellent art across the nation; the creation of art that meets the highest standards of excellence; learning in the arts at all stages of life; and the integration of the arts into the fabric of community life.

“The arts are at the heart of our communities, connecting people through shared experiences and artistic expression,” said Arts Endowment chairman Mary Anne Carter. “The National Endowment for the Arts is proud to support projects like the Creative Youth Development National Partnership.”

About the Creative Youth Development National Partnership:
The CYD National Partnership aims to ensure that creative youth development is a broadly-implemented, well-researched, and equitably-funded practice and available to all youth. In 2018, the Partnership created the CYD National Action Blueprint in concert with 650+ cross-sector stakeholders, 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. The Partnership’s work is guided by the core values of CYD: youth voice, racial equity and social justice, and collective action. Activities are focused on three strategic priorities for advancing CYD: Building pathways to funding; Documenting and communicating impact; and Field Building.

In 2020, key activities of the partnership will include providing joint professional development for three regional networks, online learning opportunities, dissemination of news from the field, and a National Young Artists Summit for teens.

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“Trends in CYD Programs” 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. These papers identify trends in creative youth development, share recommendations for CYD practitioners, and suggest areas for future exploration.

The areas of focus of these papers are:

  1. Program Development
  2. Advocacy and Policy
  3. Working in Social Justice
  4. Program Evaluation
  5. Preparing Artists & Educators
  6. Working with Youth
  7. Funding, Sustainability, and Partnerships

The second landscape analysis to be released is Trends in Creative Youth Development Programs, by Denise Montgomery.

Trends in CYD Programs graphicFrom the Author:

Creative youth development is a dynamic field. A fierce commitment to young people actively shaping programs and to programs reflecting ever-changing communities, coupled with reflection and refinement, means that CYD program practices are continuously in development.

Drawing on the youth development literature, literature specific to creative youth development, and exchanges with CYD practitioners, in this landscape analysis I discuss five current trends in CYD program development. These five trends include: Holistic Approaches Growing as Needs Grow, Collaboration Across Sectors, New Generation of Program Staff with New Approaches, Scaling by Depth, and Establishing Creative Career Pathways. What forces are catalyzing these trends, and what do they look like in practice? Check out this quick read to find out more. The paper also includes an overview of the historical foundation of CYD program development and a summary of underpinning research.

Following discussion of the trends, you will find recommendations for action and for further exploration. As the field is ever-evolving, I invite you to be in communication regarding your work in creative youth development with any comments, ideas, and practices you would like to share or perhaps jointly explore at dmontgomery@culturethrive.com.

Read the “Trends in Creative Youth Development Programs” landscape analysis (PDF)

The National Partnership Has Expanded

The Creative Youth Development National Partnership is comprised of organizations and individuals who are committing time, energy, and resources to implementing the National Action Blueprint, a “roadmap document” created with input from over 650+ stakeholders in the field. It identifies and prioritizes actionable strategies for increasing equitable access to creative youth development (CYD) for children and youth in the United States.

The Partnership—comprised of the National Guild for Community Arts Education, Mass Cultural Council, and Americans for the Arts—formed in 2014 to organize and accelerate cross-sector advancement of CYD as a field of practice and oversee the implementation of the 2014 policy agenda, Collective Action for Youth. Building on this agenda, as well as research and input from hundreds of stakeholders—youth, practitioners, researchers, funders, and stakeholders from allied youth sectors—the Partnership developed the National Action Blueprint to prioritize actionable strategies in three strategic areas: Visibility & Impact, Funding, and Field-Building.

Now, in 2019, the partnership continues the goals of Blueprint implementation, but has expanded the National Partnership to include all three Blueprint Action Team members. This expansion ensures the voices of practitioners, researchers, and cross-sector partners are part of increasing equitable access to Creative Youth Development.

Meet All the Partners

Learning Series Continues – Working in Social Justice

Learning Series Continues – Working in Social Justice
September 24, 3-4pm (ET), Free

Social justice in the field of creative youth development (CYD) means working with youth from multiple identities to expand and nurture their analytic sensibilities, creativity, self-reflection, and critical thinking skills to engage them in the work of fighting for visibility, inclusion, and intersectional justice. It also means promoting and supporting youth culture as a mechanism to drive youths’ understanding of and ability to challenge racial violence, and structural and systemic oppression.

Join Dr. Bettina Love for a discussion of key insights and recommendations presented in her recently released paper, “Working in Social Justice,” published by Americans for the Arts and the CYD National Partnership. Dr. Love will be joined by three nationally-recognized CYD practitioners.

Presenters:

    • Bettina Love, author and Associate Professor of Educational Theory & Practice at the University of Georgia.
    • Ashley Hare, Co-Founder, RE:FRAME Youth Arts Center, Phoenix, AZ and National Coordinator, CYD National Partnership
    • Robyne Walker Murphy, Executive Director, Groundswell, Brooklyn, NY
    • Mika Lemoine, Mentor Teaching Artist, Destiny Arts Center, Oakland, CA

Read the “Working in Social Justice” landscape analysis paper in advance of the webinar.

Watch the September 24 recording

This learning series is brought to you by the Creative Youth Development National Partnership in collaboration with the Grantmakers for Education Arts Education Impact Group. One of the National Partners, Americans for the Arts, recently spearheaded the development of 7 written briefs authored by field experts as part of the first phase of a creative youth development toolkit for the field. All webinars are hosted by the National Guild for Community Arts Education and made possible by generous support from the Clare Rose Foundation.

Register for Conference for Community Arts Education & National Young Artists Summit

2019 Conference for Community Arts Education banner graphicThe 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. Up to 40 day passes are available for young artists ages 13-20 to attend Thursday and/or Friday sessions (first-come, first-served). Early registration deadline is September 18.

Request Day Pass (Young Artists)
Register for the Conference for Community Arts Education (Adults)

In partnership with the conference, the National Young Artists Summit will be held on Saturday, November 2 (separate registration required). This full-day summit is entirely designed and led by young people, and provides opportunities for young artists ages 13-20 from a range of artistic disciplines to connect, create, and celebrate. The Summit is free for youth, and travel stipends are available. Registration deadline is October 16.

Learning Series Continues – Trends in CYD Programs

Trends in CYD Programs
August 28, 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. ET, Free

Creative youth development programs, with their grassroots and community-based origins, are a heterogeneous field of practice that has in recent years codified characteristics of high quality CYD through a series of frameworks. At the same time, CYD practitioners are committed to reflection and ongoing refinement, to programs being actively shaped by young people, and being connected to and a reflection of their communities. Therefore, CYD program practices are continuously in development.

Join us for an overview of the soon-to-be published Trends in CYD Programs landscape analysis from Americans for the Arts and the Creative Youth Development National Partnership. During the webinar, researcher Denise Montgomery of CultureThrive will discuss five current trends in CYD program development:

  1. Holistic Approaches Growing as Needs Grow
  2. Collaboration Across Sectors
  3. New Generation of Program Staff with New Approaches
  4. Scaling by Depth
  5. Establishing Creative Career Pathways

Denise will be joined field experts who will share their perspectives as practitioners and who will bring depth and dimension to this national conversation.

Watch the August 28 recording

Read the “Trends in CYD” landscape analysis (PDF)

Learn more about our previous session – Working with Youth

This virtual learning series is brought to you by the Creative Youth Development National Partnership in collaboration with the Grantmakers for Education Arts Education Impact Group. All webinars are hosted by the National Guild for Community Arts Education and made possible by generous support from the Clare Rose Foundation.

“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. These papers identify trends in creative youth development, share recommendations for CYD practitioners, and suggest areas for future exploration.

The areas of focus of these papers are:

  1. Program Development
  2. Advocacy and Policy
  3. Working in Social Justice
  4. Program Evaluation
  5. Preparing Artists & Educators
  6. Working with Youth
  7. Funding, Sustainability, and Partnerships

These landscape analyses are one part of a larger project led by Americans for the Arts to create a new, first-of-its-kind Creative Youth Development Toolkit.

The first landscape analysis to be released is Working with Youth, by Ashley Hare.

graphic of ladder of youth participationFrom the Author:

Paulo Freire has stated “There is no student who learns and teacher who educates, but a shared power relationship where both who are taught also teach”. Still, young people are the most ignored and yet the most controlled group in our society. So often we adults find ourselves in rooms making decisions on programming and policy we think are best for young people. We make these decisions without their voices, even though they are the ones who will be directly impacted by our choices. But as we are seeing nationally and globally, young people are speaking up to become their own agents of change. They are concerned about their future when we are long gone. They want to be involved now and not when they turn 18 and legally become “an adult”. They are showing us they are not our future leaders, but they are here today. To truly give them the space they are demanding, we must rethink what it means to co-lead with young people. This paper offers practices to consider when implementing youth-driven leadership models in classrooms, afterschool programs, and community spaces.

Read the “Working with Youth” landscape analysis (PDF)

Register Now for the Creative Youth Development Learning Series

Youth Agency, Equity and Justice

Join the Creative Youth Development National Partnership for a set of dynamic online conversations with youth, experts, funders, and practitioners. All young people deserve to have equitable opportunities to reach their creative potential, live richer and fuller lives, and develop the critical life skills they need to become active contributors in their communities.

CREATIVE YOUTH DEVELOPMENT is the intentional integration of arts learning and youth development principles and has implications across many areas such as social-emotional learning, social justice, leadership development, college/career readiness, and K-12 transformation.

This learning series will build on and amplify key takeaways and case examples from a recently completed set of written briefs, authored by field experts, which explore new paths forward for supporting youth through creative youth development practice. These papers are part of a multi-year project, led by Americans for the Arts, designed to produce a CYD Toolkit for the field.

Working with Youth (Focus on Youth Agency)
July 30, 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. ET, Free

So often we adults make decisions on programming and policy without youth voice, even though they are directly impacted by our choices. But young people are speaking up to become their own agents of change. They are concerned about their future when we are long gone, and they are ready to lead today. To truly give them the space they are demanding, we must rethink what it means to co-lead with young people. Learn practices to consider when implementing youth-driven leadership models in classrooms, afterschool programs, and community spaces. A rich conversation with funders, youth, practitioners, and experts will provide insight from multiple perspectives.

Watch the July 30 recording

Read the “Working with Youth” landscape analysis (PDF)

This virtual learning series is brought to you by the Creative Youth Development National Partnership in collaboration with the Grantmakers for Education Arts Education Impact Group. All webinars are hosted by the National Guild for Community Arts Education and made possible by generous support from the Clare Rose Foundation.