Creative Youth Development Learning Series: Working in Social Justice

Program Dates 
September 24, 2019, 3:00 - 4:00 p.m. ET

Join us for our third Creative Youth Development toolkit webinar, focused on working in social justice. Register here.

This is the third in a series of national conversations as we prepare for Grantmakers for Education's annual conference. All young people deserve to have equitable opportunities to reach their creative potential, live richer and fuller lives, and develop the critical life skills they need to become active contributors in their communities.

CREATIVE YOUTH DEVELOPMENT is the intentional integration of arts learning and youth development principles and has implications across many funding areas such as social-emotional learning, higher education access, and early childhood and K-12 transformation.

A multi-year partnership project, led by GFE member Americans for the Arts, recently created a set of written briefs authored by field experts as part of the first phase of a creative youth development toolkit for the field.

THE LEARNING SERIES* is a set of dynamic online conversations with youth, experts, funders and practitioners based on the briefs. We will explore new paths forward for supporting youth through creative youth development practice. The series will dive into the conference theme, what it means to support students in overcoming adversity, through approaches centered on agency, justice and equity.

Third in the series:

"Working in Social Justice"

Social justice in the field of creative youth development (CYD) means working with youth from multiple identities to expand and nurture their analytic sensibilities, creativity, self-reflection, and critical thinking skills to engage them in the work of fighting for visibility, inclusion, and intersectional justice. It also means promoting and supporting youth culture as a mechanism to drive youths’ understanding of and ability to challenge racial violence, and structural and systemic oppression.

Join Dr. Bettina Love for a discussion of key insights and recommendations presented in her recently released paper, "Working in Social Justice," published by Americans for the Arts and the CYD National Partnership. Dr. Love will be joined by three nationally-recognized CYD practitioners.


  • Dr. Bettina Love, author and Associate Professor of Educational Theory & Practice at the University of Georgia.
  • Ashley Hare, Co-Founder, RE:FRAME Youth Arts Center, Phoenix, AZ and National Coordinator, CYD National Partnership
  • Robyne Walker Murphy, Executive Director, Groundswell, Brooklyn, NY
  • Mika Lemoine, Mentor Teaching Artist, Destiny Arts Center, Oakland, CA

Read the "Working in Social Justice" landscape analysis paper in advance of the webinar here.

Register here.


This virtual learning series is brought to you by the Creative Youth Development National Partnership in collaboration with the Grantmakers for Education Arts Education Impact Group. One of the National Partners, Americans for the Arts, recently spearheaded the development of 7 written briefs authored by field experts as part of the first phase of a creative youth development toolkit for the field. All webinars are hosted by the National Guild for Community Arts Education and made possible by generous support from the Clare Rose Foundation.