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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.


Our Programs


Afterschool Adventure, Amplify, and Craft

Calling all creative writers! These are our staple programs that run weekly throughout the school year. Students learn creative writing, interact with professional writers and artists, collaborate on exciting projects, and become published authors. Grades 1-12.

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. Past themes have included Summer Safari and Urban Myths & Legends. Grades 3-8.

Contract Workshops

Do you want to share the love of writing with students, but aren’t sure where to start? The CYC can help! We teach a few ready-made workshops that can be adjusted for a variety of age groups, levels, and class sizes. We’re also excited to work with you to come up with a one-of-a-kind workshop that suits your needs.




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