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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

Whether using the arts, humanities, or sciences in a Creative Youth Development program, certain characteristics are essential.

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Program Planning Resources

Find a comprehensive set of resources, tools, and frameworks for Creative Youth Development through the Youth Arts Impact Network web site.

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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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META Fellowship

A partnership of The Klarman Family Foundation and Mass Cultural Council which seeks to strengthen youth music pathways in Massachusetts.

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Johnson String Project

Dedicated to ensuring that all students in Creative Youth Development 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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Youth Arts Impact Network

Mass Cultural Council is partnering with EdVestors to extend the offer of services, expertise, and resources of the Youth Arts Impact Network to organizations across the Commonwealth.

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