“My differences have caused trouble in my life, but they have also made me a work of art”

The CYC is immensely proud of 6th grader Nora Standish, whose essay ‘Weirdly wonderfulness: Life with the “Geek Disorder”‘ was chosen as a feature for Rapid Growth Media. This must-read essay highlights the power of difference instead of seeing what sets us apart as purely detrimental. Or, as Nora so eloquently puts it “My differences […]

Join the team at the CYC

Greetings fellow writing enthusiasts! Calling all creative minds and mindful creatives! The Creative Youth Center is excited to announce not one, but two calls for applications. We are currently looking for a new CYC Writing Intern for the 2018-2019 school year, as well as a new CYC Board Member. Both are incredible opportunities to engage […]

Celebrating our Story Slam’s Success

Our second ever story slam event took place last week and it was a wild success. Tears of all kinds were shed and laughs were shared among the more than two hundred of you who came out. There were ten storytellers who captivated our hearts and minds with their wit, warmth, and bravery. Highlights include […]

“It is not enough to simply teach children to read; we have to give them something worth reading.”

Three times a week, before the creative writing portion of that day’s programming begins, four to six students come to the Creative Youth Center for Book Club. Book Club students meet one-on-one with an adult reading tutor and read from 3:30 to 4:15 before participating in that day’s creative writing programming. Each student is paired […]

Finding Friendship in Unusual Places

There’s nothing quite as wonderful as a good friend. Someone you can always count on, even when times are rough. At the Creative Youth Center, friendships often grow and bloom because of students’ abilities to share themselves and share their writing. The first and second grade students have been reading and writing about friendship this […]

The power of one: a volunteer interview

The Creative Youth Center and all of its magical programming could not happen without the kooky and awesome volunteers who show up every week. Ruth Posthumus is a former middle school principal, a current supervisor for student teachers at Calvin College and a volunteer with the CYC middle school students. When Ruth walks into the […]