The President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities (PCAH) has launched the Creative Youth Development National Partnership with the National Guild for Community Arts Education, Massachusetts Cultural Council, and Americans for the Arts. Creative youth development (CYD) is a recently coined term that organizes a longstanding community of practice that intentionally integrates the arts, sciences, and humanities with youth development principles, sparking young people’s creativity, and building critical learning and life skills that carry into adulthood.
Together these partners will help strengthen community-based organizations working in youth development and the arts, sciences, and humanities; develop and support adult practitioners in the field; and benefit youth by increasing access to CYD opportunities throughout the United States.
This collaboration grew out of the 2014 National Summit for Creative Youth Development, which drafted the first-ever national policy agenda for creative youth development and these organizations will implement this agenda. The partnership is currently leading and advising on these major projects, which have begun this summer:
National Blueprint for Creative Youth Development – With support from the National Endowment for the Arts, this collective impact project works to advance cross-sector development of the CYD field and strengthen local and national partnerships. A national advisory group and a range of research activities will inform the Blueprint, which will seek to identify and prioritize actionable strategies for achieving shared goals to increase access to creative learning for American children and youth.
The Creative Youth Development Toolkit – The toolkit, set to launch in June 2018, will highlight relevant research on the CYD field and adjacent fields, illuminate effective practices for programmatic success, and provide tools and resources to drive forward the field of practice and the policies that support it.
CreativeYouthDevelopment.org – The web site, and associated newsletter, will provide unified communications that will foster information sharing, learning, knowledge development, collaboration, and input across the field.
In addition to these activities, a progress report of actions taken since the 2014 Summit highlights how these four organizations have taken additional steps to advance the CYD field.