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The Grand Rapids Creative Youth Center prepares kids for life’s adventures by supporting their writing and amplifying their voices.

We believe that while nurturing kids’ writing can give them access to the world, fostering their creativity may allow them to change the world.

At the CYC, kids become published authors, leading to a strong sense of identity and an enthusiasm for learning. Our programs are free for all students attending Grand Rapids Public Schools.

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Our Programs

Afterschool Adventure

Ahoy! In Afterschool Adventure, students explore their imaginations and the world around them. Through teamwork, author visits, and learning creative writing, students build confidence and become published authors.


Thrive offers 6th-12th grade students a space to drop in for homework help, quiet journaling or writing time, or simply to make use of the expanding CYC library. High School students may also enroll in Thrive’s creative writing workshops, where they can share their work in print with the community.

Writing Workshops

Open to students in the greater Grand Rapids area, our on-site workshops are taught by local writers with a passion for working with youth. Come explore the written word with our city’s poet laureates, artists, and playwrights.

Summer Workshops

Every August, you can expect a new adventure at the CYC. We explore new topics each year in short sessions geared toward a variety of age groups and interests.

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    In Her Own Words

    We’re excited to present a blog post from a CYC Alumna–the first post of its...
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    Dear Future Me

    There’s always an adventure on the horizon! At the CYC, we prepare kids for life’s...