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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 or living in Grand Rapids.

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Recent Projects

Spoken Word + Music – The Animations

The Pasta Problem – Creative Thoughts Podcast

Our Programs


It’s full steam ahead for the CYC! As the team settles in to new office and classroom spaces at Jubilee Jobs (on the 3rd floor of the Baxter Community Center), Captain H. Tanny suggested we give the people what they really want and get back into the program groove sooner rather than later.

Our week long summer session will be based on our Afterschool Adventure program that takes place during the regular school year. Under the supervision of a classroom teacher and with the help of classroom volunteers, students will play games, work in small reading groups, do activities, take an excursion or two and of course WRITE. Students will be provided with a snack during the program session. The week will culminate in a “poetry reading” where parents, friends and family members are invited to attend a presentation of student work that students will produce throughout the week.

Enrollment is open until Monday July 15. Spaces are limited! Email for information on how to enroll.


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The CYC offers several sponsorship opportunities throughout the year. We love working with local businesses, book clubs, churches, and more! Please get in touch for more information at



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