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STORY SLAM! Join us for an evening of story telling in support of our creative writing programs on Tuesday, April 18 at the Pyramid Scheme. More info and tickets here. 



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 and Amplify

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.

Thrive Tutoring

Thrive offers 6th-12th grade students a space to work one-on-one with a specially selected tutor on their academic goals. Tutor pairs also read a book together of the student’s choice.

Wednesday 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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