Education Commission of the States recently released a new report exploring the design and impact of Creative Youth Development (CYD) programs and providing policy considerations regarding CYD for states looking for ways to narrow the achievement gap and support student success.
- Engage students through arts education by focusing on hands-on skill-building and demonstrating a commitment to the artistic advancement and personal growth of participants.
- Create a safe and affirming environment by ensuring that program spaces are welcoming, inspiring, and physically and emotionally safe for participants.
- Employ quality educators who are professional, practicing artists committed to youth development and regular collaboration with participants.
- Foster relationship-building and social skill development by encouraging small-group interaction, connecting students with professional and peer artists outside the program, and maintaining engagement with alumni.
- Promote student ownership by setting high expectations for participants and allowing them to assume leadership roles and use their own experiences to shape programs.
Under ESSA, states have flexibility to support CYD programs through Title II; Title IV, including Student Support and Academic Enrichment grants; and 21st Century Community Learning Center programs.