Creative youth development in our communities encourages positive risk taking, promotes leadership development, fosters relationships with adult mentors and peers, and offers real-world opportunities to contribute to social change. – 2014 National Summit on Creative Youth Development – Collective Action for Youth It includes teamwork, responsibility, competency and leadership through the creative process. We are not only arts education, but also education through the arts.
Alliance participants believe in the three tenets of creative youth development and provide excellence in programming, sustained relationships with our youth, and a focus on social justice. Our programs link individual growth with the emergence of social responsibility.
The Alliance for Creative Youth Development expands beyond traditional art classes. Arts, and the creativity that they evoke, is the one undeniable, consistent pathway to success for youth. Our programs are not only about artistic excellence; we are about individual excellence in our youth.