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Culture empowers.

Creative Youth Development Programs foster creative expression while supporting core social and emotional skills, engaging young people of all ages as empowered agents in their own lives. As a practice, Creative Youth Development draws from a belief that culture plays a major role in the growth of creative, productive, and independent-minded citizens and thriving communities. That’s why we’ve been supporters of the field since its inception.

Key Characteristics

Creative Youth Development is an intentional process that helps young people build attributes and skills needed to participate successfully in adolescence and adult life. Whether using the arts, humanities, or sciences in such programs, certain characteristics are essential in any Creative Youth Development program.

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Promotes the integration of substantive out-of-school arts, humanities, and interpretive science opportunities into a collaborative community response to the needs of young people—specifically those at risk of not making a successful transition from adolescence to young adulthood.

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Creative Youth Development grant program supporting quality, ensemble music-making for children living in poverty across the Commonwealth

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Grants to projects designed and executed by young people in programs receiving YouthReach or SerHacer funding

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Creative Youth Development National Partnership

Comprised of the National Guild for Community Arts Education, Mass Cultural Council, and Americans for the Arts, the Partnership’s goal is to drive collective action to advance the role of creativity in positive youth development.

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Johnson String Project

Dedicated to ensuring that all students in SerHacer programs in Massachusetts have access to high quality string instruments. Students are guaranteed a quality instrument that they can exchange as they grow and can have them maintained and repaired at no cost.

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