Seeking Board & Committee Members

The Grand Rapids Creative Youth Center (CYC) seeks new board members that will also serve on its Resource Development Committee. The CYC also seeks community members to serve on its Resource Development Committee without serving as full board members.

Top candidates for both roles will demonstrate notable experience in revenue development and/or business, and a passion for the CYC’s work and an ability to commit time and energy to furthering its mission. Individuals representing diverse backgrounds of all kinds are encouraged to apply.

General guidelines follow. Formal interviews will be held until the open positions are filled. Candidates interested in a committee role but not a board member position should see the sections on Fundraising and Qualifications and can expect to commit about 5 hours/month.


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Grand Rapids Creative Youth Center

Member of the Board of Directors


The Grand Rapids Creative Youth Center (CYC) prepares kids for life’s adventures by supporting their writing and amplifying their voices.

The CYC provides a safe, imaginative space for children ages 6-18 to participate in writing workshops and out-of-school-time programming. Students develop their creativity, writing, and team building skills, grow in academic and personal confidence, and become published authors.


The board will support the work of the CYC and provide mission-based leadership and strategic governance. While day-to-day operations are led by the CYC’s executive director, the Board-ED relationship is a partnership, and the appropriate involvement of the board is both critical and expected. Specific board member responsibilities include:

Leadership, governance, and oversight

  • Serving as a trusted advisor to the ED as she develops and implements the CYC’s strategic plan
  • Reviewing outcomes and metrics created by the CYC for evaluating its impact, and regularly measuring its performance and effectiveness using those metrics; reviewing agenda and supporting materials prior to board and committee meetings
  • Approving the CYC’s annual budget, financial reviews, and material business decisions; being informed of, and meeting all, legal and fiduciary responsibilities
  • Contributing to an annual performance evaluation of the ED
  • Assisting the ED and board president in identifying and recruiting other board members
  • Partnering with the ED and other board members to ensure that board resolutions are carried out
  • Serving on committees or task forces and taking on special assignments
  • Representing the CYC to stakeholders; acting as an ambassador for the organization
  • Ensuring the CYC’s commitment to a diverse board and staff that reflects the communities the CYC serves


CYC board members will consider CYC a philanthropic priority and make annual gifts that reflect that priority. So that the CYC can credibly solicit contributions from foundations, organizations, and individuals, the CYC expects to have 100 percent of board members make an annual contribution that is commensurate with their capacity.

Board terms/participation

The CYC’s board members will serve a two-year term to be eligible for re-appointment for additional terms. Board meetings will be held monthly and committee meetings will be held in coordination with full board meetings.


Selected board members will demonstrate a passion for youth and the arts and a vision for building a vibrant and equitable community of creativity and learning. Members will have achieved leadership stature in business, government, philanthropy, or the nonprofit sector. Their accomplishments will allow them to attract other well-qualified, high-performing board members.

Ideal candidates will have the following qualifications:

  • Extensive professional experience with significant executive leadership accomplishments in business, government, philanthropy, or the nonprofit sector
  • A commitment to and understanding of the CYC’s beneficiaries, preferably based on experience
  • Savvy diplomatic skills and a natural affinity for cultivating relationships and persuading, convening, facilitating, and building consensus among diverse individuals
  • Personal qualities of integrity, credibility, and a passion for improving the lives of the CYC’s beneficiaries

Service on the CYC Board of Directors is without remuneration.

Individuals interested in meeting with a representative from the board to discuss involvement should contact board president Steven DePolo at (616) 331-6801 or

2016-2017 Internship

The CYC is excited to announce that we are currently accepting applications for our 2016-2017 internship. The position will remain open until filled. The final deadline for applicants is September 16, 2016, though we encourage interested folks to apply early.


Grand Rapids Creative Youth Center Internship


The mission of the Grand Rapids Creative Youth Center (CYC) is to prepare kids for life’s adventures by supporting their writing and amplifying their voices. The CYC is located at 413 Eastern Ave., in the Baxter neighborhood and next to Calvin’s Peniel (Project Neighborhood) House. It runs several after-school programs for kids aged 6-18. 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.


Basic Information

  • 2016-2017 internship working with youth and CYC staff members to support its mission
  • Geared toward liberal arts majors with strong writing and critical thinking skills
  • 10 hours per week, unpaid, with possibility of a minimal number of hours off-site
  • Supervisor: Brianne Carpenter, CYC Program Manager


Time Frame

  • Position open until filled. Final deadline for applications: September 16th, 2016
  • Start Date: TBD, second week of October 2016
  • End Date: TBD, April 2017


General Requirements

  • High level of professionalism
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Experience with, and strong interest in, publishing, editing, and design
  • Experience with, and strong interest in, marketing and creativity
  • Cultural competency
  • Sincere interest in the organization and its mission
  • Willingness to learn about the CYC and the greater context of its work
  • Self-motivated with ability to work independently within organizational culture


Possible Projects

  • Serving as Editorial Assistant for the CYC annual anthology, The Book of Explosions
  • Designing marketing materials
  • Serving as Editorial and Publishing Assistant for Wednesday Workshop Anthology
  • Organizing and managing the CYC poster design contest
  • Other opportunities as they arise


Interested students should send a resumé, cover letter, names of two references, and available weekday hours to Brianne Carpenter at

If selected as an applicant for the internship, the student intern and supervisor will meet in person to discuss project ideas, student goals and schedule, and to make certain the internship is a good fit for everyone.