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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 Amplify students (left) were featured on Michigan Public Radio, promoting I am the Stars That Light Up the Midnight Sky, the collaborative spoken word album between the CYC and Triumph Music Academy. Read all about it, and take a listen here!

Below is an encore presentation of our comedy improv show The Characters that Lived, performed at Dog Story Theatre. Click play and laugh along as local actors perform skits based on characters created by CYC Authors!

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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. Elementary students have the opportunity to work one-on-one with a reading buddy. Grades 1-12.


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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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.

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