Creative Youth Development Network

Photo: DreamYard Project (Bronx, NY)

Network Mission

The Creative Youth Development (CYD) Network is designed to support Guild members in implementing and advancing CYD practice. Creative youth development is a longstanding practice that intentionally integrates creative skill-building, inquiry, and expression with positive youth development principles, fueling young people’s imaginations and building critical learning and life skills. Within the Network, CYD practitioners, funders, teaching artists, and cross-sector partners collaborate to build capacity in CYD practice and advance the national CYD movement. 

NOTE: The National Guild currently is a member of the Creative Youth Development National Partnership. Tasked with implementing the National Action Blueprint for CYD, the partnership is working in concert with three, national action teams to strengthen the CYD field, expand pathways to funding, and increase visibility and impact. In 2018, CYD Member Network steering committee members are serving on these action teams and a national, CYD online learning series will be open to the public (forthcoming this fall).


Stay up to Date with CYD

Want to stay connected to the Creative Youth Development Network? Members can sign in to the member portal and select the Creative Youth Development Network in their User Profile. Affiliated Network members will receive invites to all in-person and online events, leadership opportunities within the Network, access to all Network resources, and more.

Nonmembers can enter their email below and receive updates on Network activities as well as select event invites. To fully participate in the CYD Network, join the Guild as a Full member



Learn More About the CYD National Partnership

The Creative Youth Development National Partnership is working in concert with the broader field to drive collective action in three strategic priorities to advance creative youth development:

  • VISIBILITY & IMPACT: Documenting and Communicating Outcomes and Impact
  • FUNDING: Expanding Pathways to Funding
  • FIELD BUILDING: Professional Development, Networking & Technical Assistance


Learn More

Network Produced Resources

Resources produced by the CYD Network and National Partnership include: