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FY24 STARS Residencies to reach 32,000 students in 299 schools
Mass Cultural Council’s YouthReach is the longest continually running support program for Creative Youth Development (CYD) work in the United States. Started in 1994, this program has invested more than $15 million into more than 100 organizations in its 27-year history.
In FY22, YouthReach proudly provided $1,584,000 to 72 Creative Youth Development programs that focused on infusing youth development with creative experiences in the arts, humanities, and interpretive sciences.
During the previous fiscal year (July 1, 2020-June 30, 2021), CYD organizations throughout Massachusetts continued their pivot toward providing basic human services needs and implementing new practices developed during the pandemic, including:
Mass Cultural Council has recently published findings from the FY22 YouthReach grant applicants’ final reports that describes the evolving challenges faced by CYD organizations during that year. The data in the report was provided by 69 CYD programs and represents a range of disciplines, rural and urban environments, and youth participants of various ages.
Key findings from the FY22 YouthReach Final Report:
Mass Cultural Council and several partners throughout the state are addressing these areas of need through a number of programs and convenings throughout FY23 and beyond. This work includes: