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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.

Listen to stories recorded at Stories on SiTE during ArtPrize in the Story Archive.

Come see The Characters That Lived Encore, March 16 at Dog Story Theatre! This event is a part of Laugh Fest with shows at 1 and 3 pm.

Click here for more details about this event. 

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Recent Projects

Spoken Word + Music – The Animations

The Pasta Problem – Creative Thoughts Podcast

Our Programs

Afterschool Adventure, Amplify, and Craft

Calling all creative writers!

These are our staple programs for grades 1-12 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.

Elementary students have the opportunity to work one-on-one with a reading buddy.

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Sponsorship Opportunities

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



We’re Grateful to Past & Current Funders & Sponsors!






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