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Catalyst Radio: Creative Youth Center teaches writing, gives youth enthusiasm for learning

CYC works to provide avenues for publishing kids’ writings, leading to a strong sense of identity.

About Catalyst Radio

Catalyst Radio is the weekly public affairs radio program of Community Media Center, with producer and host Linda Gellasch. The program is a feature of WYCE and The Rapidian and includes interviews with organizations and people working on social change and community support, examines media and free speech issues, and takes a look at the behind-the-scenes of Rapidian reporting. You can catch it on air at noon every Friday on WYCE 88.1 FM or streaming on the Grand Rapids Community Media Center Website.

Past Catalyst Radio episodes are archived on The Rapidian.

Some of the works of writers at Creative Youth Center have been published in the book “Made-up and Somewhat True.”

Some of the works of writers at Creative Youth Center have been published in the book “Made-up and Somewhat True.” /CYC

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In this episode of Catalyst Radio we learn about the Creative Youth Center, where kids become published authors.  Through writing workshops and afterschool programming for youth, Creative Youth Center works to leading youth to a strong sense of identity and an enthusiasm for learning.

In the studio is Executive Director for Creative Youth Center Kristin Brace, here to talk about the importance of writing, with the belief that, “nurturing kids’ writing can give them access to the world. Fostering their creativity may change the world.”  Kristin Brace will also discuss the variety of programs that even include adventure training, and publishing articles in the citizen journalism outlet The Rapidian.



The music featured in this episode of Catalyst Radio is from Michigan band The Sleeping Gypsies, with the eponymous disc out, it’s the song “Interlude 2.”

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