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About Us


We believe that while nurturing kids’ writing can give them access to the world, fostering their creativity may allow them change the world.

Our Mission

Our mission is to prepare kids for life’s adventures by supporting their writing and amplifying their voices.


At the CYC, kids become published authors, leading to a strong sense of identity and an enthusiasm for learning. Our programs are offered, at no cost to families, to students aged 6-18 attending Grand Rapids Public Schools or living in Grand Rapids.

Our Mission

Our Impact

What CYC Students Have to Say...

“Please! Five more minutes to keep reading?!”

– CYC Students, after reading comic books from Vault of Midnight for 40 minutes in complete silence and then being told it was time to move on to a new activity

What Community Members Have to Say...

– CYC Volunteer

“I’m so glad we got to show the kids the typed-up versions of their writing for revisions this year! They seemed way more into the revision process than when they’re looking over their own handwriting in their journals.”

What CYC Parents Have to Say…

“Thank you so much for all that you do. Our daughter loves coming here and we’re so thankful we found the CYC. Her reading scores have gone up tremendously this year and you guys played a part in that. We’ve seen so much growth in her.”


See our Staff and Board

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