Creative Youth Development

Photo: DreamYard Project (Bronx, NY)

What is Creative Youth Development (CYD)?

Creative youth development is a recent term for a longstanding theory of practice that integrates creative skill-building, inquiry, and expression with positive youth development principles, fueling young people’s imaginations and building critical learning and life skills. 



Learn More About the CYD National Partnership

The National Guild is part of the Creative Youth Development National Partnership, which works 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


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CYD Resources

Resources produced by the Guild and the National Partnership include: