The Lewis Prize for Music is conducting a CYD community response survey to collect information about the larger field’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic and the ongoing injustices of systemic racism that the pandemic has only laid more bare. The Lewis Prize for Music wants to elevate nationally the critical work that CYD organizations are doing to create a more just society. All information shared in the survey will be reported back to the field in a summative fashion and activated toward the goal of increasing resources for the CYD field at large. Please only complete the survey once per organization.
In 2019, the CYD National Partnership’s Field Building Action Team conducted interviews across the nation to understand the growth of peer learning networks—focused fully or in part on CYD—that are emerging across the country. The results were compiled in a brief written for the CYD National Partnership by Ellen Hirzy in January 2020:
Peer learning networks promote the sharing of knowledge, experiences, ideas, and promising practices among professionals. Whether formal or informal, they give people a chance to know others who are engaged in similar work with similar challenges. Close interaction with peers can be difficult to find in the nonprofit world, especially for those working in smaller organizations with limited resources. The mutual encouragement and professional growth that happens over time through a peer network can make a profound difference in individuals and their organizations, and ultimately in the youth they serve.
Looking at the broader picture, as peer networks proliferate, collectively they will help to advance the creative youth development field as a whole, including the growth of cross-sector collaboration. This paper describes the benefits of CYD peer learning networks, their structure and function, challenges they face, and attributes that contribute to success. Designed as a reference tool for practitioners, funders, and key stakeholders, it is based on interviews the CYD National Partnership conducted with 11 emergent and sustaining networks around the country. Short profiles of several networks illustrate the diversity and potential of peer learning as a catalyst to creative youth development.
As you know, the CYD National Partnership includes the voices of practitioners, researchers, funders, and cross-sector partners who are committed to increasing equitable access to Creative Youth Development. We’ve recently added email addresses for the partners who are willing to be points of contact about their respective work within the CYD field. Meet the partners.
A coalition of Creative Youth Development and allied funders are holding a Zoom space for on-going discussions and collective action on the first Thursday of each month, from 10-11:30am PT/1-2:30pm ET. During this time together, funders hear from each other about the most pressing needs and recent successes in their philanthropic work, before breaking out into small groups to brainstorm and plan collaborative and shared initiatives around three focus areas: Racial Equity, Youth Voice, and Community/Field Building. For more information, or to join the next meeting, please email Katie Lorge.
By taking their short survey, you are lifting up challenges programs face as the pandemic continues, and, more importantly, your answers will raise awareness of the short- and long-term effects of COVID-19 on the afterschool field. Findings from these surveys are shared with federal policy makers and featured in publications such as Education Week and Youth Today.