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:
Advocacy and Policy
Working in Social Justice
Preparing Artists & Educators
Working with Youth
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.
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.
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.
Music Learning as Youth Development, a new book published in June of 2019, highlights the role of community based Creative Youth Development organizations as catalysts and trailblazers for bringing youth development practices into all areas of music learning.
Utilizing case studies and stories from organizations around the world, the evolution and impact of CYD is traced alongside the development of the youth development field. Looking forward, this book is an important step in moving youth development into the center of music learning in schools, community based settings, higher education and professional performance settings.
Erik Holmgren of Mass Cultural Council authored a chapter called, “Changing the Ecology of Music Learning: Lessons from Creative Youth Development,” and the book was edited by Larry Scripp of the New England Conservatory and Brian Kaufmann from the University of Maryland Baltimore County.
Youth leaders currently in 9-12th grade are encouraged to apply by June 3, 2019, to join the National Young Artists Summit 2019 Planning Team. The Summit will be held on Saturday, November 2 in Austin, TX, in conjunction with the national Conference for Community Arts Education.
The Summit brings together youth, ages 13-24, from across the country to share their artistry; participate in workshops on topics such as leadership, racial equity, and arts entrepreneurship; and organize towards a collective call to action. It is a program of the Creative Youth Development National Partnership.
As a team member, you would be responsible for designing this year’s Summit, leading sessions, and reaching out to other young artists to participate. The Team consists of up to 10 youth members who serve for a minimum term of six months, and meets virtually once a week from June-October (usually Wednesdays, from 5-6pm ET). Team members are expected to attend all meetings; actively participate in all planning, coordination, and facilitation activities; and be present for the Youth Summit (arriving Friday, Nov. 1 in Austin and participating in the Summit all day on Saturday, Nov. 2).
Afterschool Matters is a peer-reviewed journal dedicated to promoting professionalism, scholarship, and consciousness in afterschool education. Published by the National Institute on Out-of-School-Time (NIOST) with legacy support from the Robert Bowne Foundation, Afterschool Matters serves practitioners who work with youth in out-of-school time (OST) programs, as well as researchers and policymakers in youth development. They are seeking articles for future issues, beginning with Spring 2020. Scholarly or practice-based work on all aspects of OST programming for children and youth, from a variety of disciplines and academic perspectives, will be considered.
The Clare Rose Foundation, in partnership with the CYD National Partnership, is proud to host the first BOOST creative youth development workshop strand in Palm Springs, CA on May 1-3, 2019. Pursuing the goal of bringing the impact of CYD work to a broader national audience, the BOOST Conference is an opportunity to engage with over 2,500 out-of-school time providers, administrators, and professionals.
Creative Youth Development: Leading Edge Practices Fueling Youth Engagement CYD is in an unprecedented era of program innovation, cross-sector partnerships, and funding diversification. In this series of workshops, leaders from across the United States will share their pioneering work, including in CYD and social justice; new, youth-report assessment tools; initiatives supporting creative career pathways; and collaborations with sectors including health, education, and juvenile justice.
Regular registration closes March 31 and late registration closes April 15.
Attendees heard from researchers and practitioners, covering research findings as well as practical tips from their experiences implementing new programs at Wisconsin Boys & Girls Clubs. The report builds upon the 2013 “Something to Say” report from the Wallace Foundation, which outlined 10 principles of exemplary youth arts programs.
Stories of youth experiences in Creative Youth Development have tremendous potential to make a real difference in awareness and support of the CYD movement nationwide and locally.
Our national CYD network is collecting video URLs from practitioners that feature students’ voices and boldly and creatively tell their stories. Short videos will be embedded on the Creative Youth Development National Partnership website to help communicate our collective story more strategically to funders, government agencies, policy makers, organizations, artists, funders, researchers, and other stakeholders.
Submit your organization’s video URL and be included in our national story. This video directory is inclusive.
2-3 minutes average length
prominent student voice
demonstrate CYD core values of creativity, social justice, youth perspective