Meet our new Program Assistant

Oh, hi there, Adventurers! My name is Meghan McAfee, and I am excited to call myself the Creative Youth Center’s new Program Assistant. About a year ago, I was asked to lead creative writing workshops and have been working with students from Cook Arts Center, West Michigan Refugee Education and Cultural Center, GVSU’s TRiO program, […]

Tutoring for the CYC

Hear, hear: Zsjonae, age 13, talks about her experience with tutoring in this link. A shout-out to all those who want to affect change in kid’s lives! Tutoring allows academic and personal growth and every helping hand and hour matters. The CYC is looking for volunteers who will tutor one-on-one in any academic subject for our Thrive Tutoring program, which […]

Amazing Race – ArtPrize style!

The Grand Rapids Urban Adventure Race heads to ArtPrize on October 5. In the race,  two-person teams run and bike, searching for hidden checkpoints and completing crazy challenges within ArtPrize venues and natural areas. And guess who is this fun event’s charity partner? The Creative Youth Center! If you are interested in participating in the race, register at If […]

Petting of the Mongoose of the Royals is Not Permitted

Last week, the Creative Youth Center held a writing workshop for the students from the GVSU TRiO ETS program. Together, we breathed life to strange and wonderful countries, completely serious laws, mushroom citizens, and fantastic stories regarding Captain H. Tanny’s adventures! Don’t believe us? Read for yourself: Land of the Free By Jim, Age 13 Laws […]

Internships at the CYC

These are no ordinary internships! As a CYC intern, you’ll be an integral part of all that we do. While our internships are unpaid, benefits include: -Hands-on/real-life experience -Having a ton of fun -Working at Captain H. Tanny’s Adventure Trade and Supply Store -Building relationships with really awesome kids Sound good? Check out the three […]

Book Release Party and Signing- June 6th

Please join us for the release of the next two Creative Youth Center publications! June 6th, 2013, 7pm at Schuler Books, 2660 28th St SE Grand Rapids, MI 49512 Does This Book Make My Brain Look Big? is the second edition of The Book of Explosions, our anthology of student work. Under the Sun is […]

A Cure for the Mondays with Sundaes

In honor of volunteer appreciation week, we hosted “A Cure for the Mondays with Sundaes” at the CYC. Volunteers were invited to come enjoy ice cream sundaes and play in a Bananagrams tournament. It turned out to be a great night with a lot of laughs and some tough competition! Our volunteers are incredible, amazing, […]

Thank you, Design For Good!

You may have noticed a certain added spectacular-ness to our website. We’re so grateful to the volunteers from Design For Good West Michigan for recreating it to better reflect our passion for creativity at the CYC. Our team went above and beyond to make sure that we’re able to communicate our message to the world! […]