Creative Youth Development Preconference

Creative youth development (CYD) unifies a longstanding community of practice that intentionally integrates the arts, humanities, and sciences with youth development principles, sparking young people’s creativity and building critical learning and life skills. The Creative Youth Development Preconference will feature successful programs and aims to advance CYD to new levels of sustainability and success.

The Preconference will be framed around models of effective practice identified through research related to the Creative Youth Development Toolkit, a project which is crafted through the Creative Youth Development National Partnership (including partners such as the National Guild for Community Arts Education, the Massachusetts Cultural Council, and the National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Awards).

Participants will self-select and examine effective models of practice in the following areas: Program Development, Program Evaluation, Preparing Artists & Educators, Working With Youth, Working In Social Justice, Funding & Partnerships, and Policy & Advocacy. Following deep dives into effective practices within CYD programs, participants will be guided through a “futures-oriented” process—where they will envision the possible, probable, and preferable futures of the field—discussing how they can effectively advance their own CYD community of practice in their local context.
Throughout the Creative Youth Development Preconference, young people will be featured in numerous roles as participants, facilitators, performing and teaching artists, and keynote speakers.

Thursday, June 14
9:00 am - 5:00 pm Preconference Day 1
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm Preconference Reception
Friday, June 15
8:00 am - 11:00 am Preconference Day 2
12:00 pm - 6:00 pm Main Convention & Precon Plus Begins