Creative Youth Development (CYD) is a holistic approach to deeply engaging young people through the arts and creativity to promote personal well-being and support them in reaching their full potential.
In order to fully support young people in creating positive change in themselves and their communities, Creative Youth Development programs need the right resources. Unfortunately, CYD organizations are systemically under-resourced and under-capacity because of inequities facing the field.
That’s where we come in.
The San Diego Creative Youth Development Network is a coalition of Young People, Providers, and Partners dedicated to harnessing their collective strength to build the field of creative youth development to maximize impact for youth.
We achieve this by:
Building public awareness of the impact of youth arts programs as drivers of personal and community change.
- Initiate and conduct field research & evaluation
- Launch communications & campaigns
- Convene Community Stakeholders
Sharing expertise and best practices with youth arts programs.
- Provide leadership & professional development
- Provide networking & peer learning opportunities
- Offer technical assistance
Cultivating new pathways of support that benefit all local youth arts programs.
- Advocate for policy & systems change
- Grow diversity in funding
- Pursue collective funding opportunities
Who is San Diego Creative Youth Development Network?
Meet the individuals and organizations dedicated to strengthening creative youth development programs in San Diego. Together, we help young people in our communities reach their full potential.
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Join Our Movement
The San Diego Creative Youth Development Network meets online every other Friday 10-11:30am. All CYD Practitioners and Partners are welcome! Email Shayla James at firstname.lastname@example.org for information about joining these meetings, and the other spaces we hold.
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