Creative Writing Workshop Assistant
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Creative Youth Center

Creative Writing Workshop Assistant

You’ll encourage the creative writing skills of students from Grand Rapids Public Schools as they stop by the Creative Youth Center for a few hours of creative writing space. You’ll empower the students to build confidence and find their own voice. 

Mondays and Tuesdays, you’ll find 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders putting their imaginations to paper; Wednesdays, 1st and 2nd graders stop by for the fun. The younger students are there from 4:30 - 5:30 p.m.

On Thursdays, middle and high school students come in to explore writing genres and topics, plus collaborate with local artists. Students will be published in The Book of Explosions, the CYC’s annual anthology. Middle schoolers are from 4-5:30 p.m. and high schoolers are from 5:45-7:15 p.m

Volunteers are needed at the start of the school year (orientation is in August), then must commit for the entirety of the school year.

Show me how to get started
1.5 hours/week during after-school or early evening hours for the school year
18+; pass a background check
Baxter, Madison
Creative Youth Center
413 Eastern Ave SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 413 Eastern Ave SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503

Is This the Right Fit for Me?

You've got experience in writing and teaching students. You love spending time with kids of all ages. You are imaginative, silly, and high energy, and you enthusiastically encourage kids’ creative writing. Your adventurous and artistic spirit provides a strong platform to support kids’ voices, while giving them the confidence to challenge and improve their writing.

About Creative Youth Center

Creative Youth Center believes that while nurturing kids’ writing can give them access to the world, fostering their creativity may allow them to change the world. Their mission is to prepare kids for life’s adventures by supporting their writing and amplifying their voices. At the CYC, kids become published authors, leading to a strong sense of identity and an enthusiasm for learning. Their programs are free for all students attending Grand Rapids Public Schools.

  • Cyc Public Reading
  • Cyc Student With Book
  • Cyc Students Together

What Others are Saying

“I love the mission of this organization! The opportunity to express yourself in such fun and creative writing and reading outlets is something I am passionate about—but so is the CYC. They offer that opportunity for students who might not otherwise find it. The main highlight in my time at the CYC was definitely when we gave the students a chance to read their published writing aloud for family and friends. The kids absolutely loved the reading event, and their parents did too. The pride, joy, and excitement of the kids and the whole community was incredible. This is a prime place to have the chance to make a difference and to get to know the members of this beautiful community better.”


Contact the Organization

If you’re ready to ask some questions and get started, contact the Creative Youth Center directly.

Brianne Carpenter Program Manager 616-458-5505

What to Expect

Volunteers must complete an application form and have an informal, in-person interview with CYC staff. The initial volunteer orientation covers strategies for responding to student writing and various topics, like behavior strategy mindsets and research about how to encourage children to have a growth mindset. A second training halfway through the year will address topics volunteers suggest would be useful.