Mapping Skill to Will: Approaches to Funding Creative Youth Development in the United States

In 2018, the Creative Youth Development (CYD) National Partnership, through grant funding from the National Endowment for the Arts, worked 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

The research that has been conducted involves an analysis of current and potential CYD funders, the experience and attitudes of those funders through a developed Skill/Will Map, and a deep-dive set of case stories illuminating partnerships between funders and CYD programs. Continue reading “Mapping Skill to Will: Approaches to Funding Creative Youth Development in the United States”

Building Pathways to Funding: A Strategy Towards Expanding Funding for the CYD Field

CYD funder “Skill” vs “Will” matrix

In 2018, the Creative Youth Development (CYD) National Partnership, through grant funding from the National Endowment for the Arts, worked 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

The research that has been conducted involves an analysis of current and potential CYD funders, the experience and attitudes of those funders through a developed Skill/Will Map, and a deep-dive set of case stories illuminating partnerships between funders and CYD programs. Continue reading “Building Pathways to Funding: A Strategy Towards Expanding Funding for the CYD Field”

YMCA Lighthouse Project & The Heinz Endowments: A Case Story

Two teenagers collaborate to make music

In 2019, the Creative Youth Development (CYD) National Partnership engaged in a project to better understand the funding landscape of their field. To illustrate their findings, researchers connected with funders and CYD program leaders in four settings to better understand the dynamics of their partnerships.

The following case story showcases a partnership between a funder and a local CYD program, demonstrating the “funding skill” and “funding will” traits of the funder. Continue reading “YMCA Lighthouse Project & The Heinz Endowments: A Case Story”

San Diego Creative Youth Development Network & The Clare Rose Foundation: A Case Story

Children take bows as their performance ends

In 2019, the Creative Youth Development (CYD) National Partnership engaged in a project to better understand the funding landscape of their field. To illustrate their findings, researchers connected with funders and CYD program leaders in four settings to better understand the dynamics of their partnerships.

The following case story showcases a partnership between a funder and a local CYD program, demonstrating the “funding skill” and “funding will” traits of the funder. Continue reading “San Diego Creative Youth Development Network & The Clare Rose Foundation: A Case Story”

Memphis Music Initiative & ELMA Philanthropies: A Case Story

Two students of the Memphis Music Initiative talk during rehearsal

In 2019, the Creative Youth Development (CYD) National Partnership engaged in a project to better understand the funding landscape of their field. To illustrate their findings, researchers connected with funders and CYD program leaders in four settings to better understand the dynamics of their partnerships.

The following case story showcases a partnership between a funder and a local CYD program, demonstrating the “funding skill” and “funding will” traits of the funder. Continue reading “Memphis Music Initiative & ELMA Philanthropies: A Case Story”

BAYCAT & The Golden State Warriors: A Case Story

Woman from BAYCAT working with video equipment

In 2019, the Creative Youth Development (CYD) National Partnership engaged in a project to better understand the funding landscape of their field. To illustrate their findings, researchers connected with funders and CYD program leaders in four settings to better understand the dynamics of their partnerships.

The following case story showcases a partnership between a funder and a local CYD program, demonstrating the “funding skill” and “funding will” traits of the funder. Continue reading “BAYCAT & The Golden State Warriors: A Case Story”

Introducing the CREATE, CONNECT, and CATALYZE Framework

I believe in the power and mystery of naming things.  Language has the capacity to transform our cells, rearrange our learned patterns of behavior and redirect our thinking.  I believe in naming what’s right in front of us because that is often what is most invisible. – Eve Ensler

Over the past five years, the CYD National Partnership has been invested in clearly defining who we are as a field, what we value, and how we can best articulate the many practices and outcomes associated with creative youth development. Documenting the beauty and depth of what transpires in creative youth development programs and understanding the crucial ingredients for success has been an important, yet elusive task.

As a field, we have wrestled with seeing how power and privilege is often associated with knowledge production, and we have been challenged to make this an inclusive process where youth perspectives, equity, and justice can be at the center of the work. At the same time, we know that as long as caring and skilled adult artists have mentored young people in their chosen art form, creative youth development practices have thrived in communities across the United States. Continue reading “Introducing the CREATE, CONNECT, and CATALYZE Framework”

Complete National Survey on Adapting Culminating Events

Culminating events are central to creative youth development. Events provide a focus for youth to remain engaged. They are a forum for young people to share and celebrate their creativity.

The national survey on adapting culminating events in CYD is a place to share innovative approaches AND areas where you need help. CultureThrive and the Clare Rose Foundation will share the findings with the CYD field and will send the insights and information from the study directly to all who participate in the survey.

CYD National Coordination Transition

Ashley Hare (left) and Paula Ortega (right)
Ashley Hare (left) and Paula Ortega (right)

The CYD National Partnership is excited to announce a new leadership change for the CYD National Coordinator position. For the past two years, Ashley Hare has served the CYD National Coordinator. She worked in support of the CYD National Partners, local practitioners, and youth leaders to implement the vision outlined in the CYD National Action Blueprint. Ashley now joins the National Guild for Community Arts Education as Director of Leadership Development to fully integrate these values into the Guild’s programming and operations. Continue reading “CYD National Coordination Transition”