Creative Youth Development

A solution for positive outcomes for youth

Creative youth development (CYD) organizations intentionally integrate the arts and humanities with youth development principles, sparking young people’s creativity and building critical learning and life skills. A Step Beyond, a creative youth development organization, emphasizes both discipline mastery and the acquisition of the personal and social assets young people need to thrive.

6 Common Qualities of CYD:


Creating safe and healthy spaces for young people

Asset Based

Designed with the strengths of young people as our focus

Artistic Excellence

Providing the highest standards of artistic excellence

Social Capital

Prioritizing developing positive relationships with our community

Youth Voice

Centralizing the voices of young people throughout our programming

Social Justice

Linking young people to the communities they live/work in