Creative Youth Development is a commitment to supporting young people’s stories, ideas, and dreams through creative expression and honoring their lived experience.
The AZ Creative Youth Development (CYD) Investment Cohort is an initiative that invests in arts and culture organizations and programs that center youth voice across Arizona. Piloted in 2020-21, the CYD Investment Cohort functions as a fusion of a cohort and granting program. The program aims to brings together a diverse cohort of young people and adult accomplices to share resources and struggles and engage with knowledge experts in the field to advance their skills as Creative Youth Development practitioners. A component of the program is a stipend of $5,000 to investment in the work of these organizations.
Innagural CYD Investment Cohort
Border Youth Tennis Exchange, Nogales
Creative Youth of AZ, Phoenix
The Dunbar Pavilion, Tucson
Launchpad Teen Center, Prescott
Monsoon Lab, Globe
Native American Composer Apprentice Project, Northern Arizona
The Reading Series, Tucson
REFRAME Youth Arts Center, Phoenix
Rising Youth Theatre, Phoenix
Yuma Arts Center, Yuma
Creative Youth Development Resources
Ashley Hare, Deputy Director of Equity and Human Development at the National Guild
Paula Ortega, CYD National Youth Coordinator, Creative Youth Development National Partnership