Power of Culture Blog
FY24 STARS Residencies to reach 32,000 students in 299 schools
“Every space I walk into, I’m told I’m wrong. My body is wrong, my skin color is wrong. When I write poems, I’m alright.”
– Middle school poet from East Boston at Mass Poetry spoken word event
Mass Cultural Council’s YouthReach is the longest continually running support program for Creative Youth Development (CYD) work in the United States. Founded in 1994, the program has invested more than $15 million across more than 100 organizations in its 29-year history.
YouthReach programs integrate experiences in the arts, sciences, and humanities with intentional youth development practices. Last year these funded programs worked with more than 11,000 young people in the Commonwealth.
Some characteristics of the young people engaged in these CYD programs include:
Our report, Create, Connect, Catalyze: YouthReach in FY23, was created using the data provided by 85 Creative Youth Development programs funded by Mass Cultural Council in FY23. It outlines the major challenges facing the field of CYD and identifies effective solutions that are being deployed to address them. It was written for the field that contributed to it, for funders who support similar work, and for cross-sector partners who are seeking to address the same challenges that face youth across Massachusetts. Major findings of the report include: