CityKids’ innovative programming and projects have been in the forefront in the fields of positive youth development and social emotional learning for the past three decades; providing opportunities for personal growth and artistic expression, we help young people channel that growth into substantial social change.

We empower, engage, connect, and inspire young people to skillfully lift their voices and be heard.

Our motto has always been:

Each one reach one

Each one teach one

Each one pull one into the sun


The CityKids Foundation celebrates its milestone 30th anniversary this year. Over the past 30 years The CityKids Foundation has empowered
young people ages 13 to 22 through arts in education with a variety of performance and leadership programs.


Founded by Laurie Meadoff in 1985, The CityKids Foundation has established and maintained cutting edge youth development programs, training tens of thousands of diverse young people, by providing opportunities for personal growth, leadership, and artistic expression. Laurie was inspired to create CityKids after a visit to the Albany Empire in London, a social services and arts program for London’s youth. The CityKids Foundation’s innovative programming, and projects, have been in the forefront in fields of Positive Youth Development, and Social Emotional Learning, for the past three decades. CityKids helps young people channel that growth into substantial social change, and we continue to empower, engage, connect, and inspire young people to skillfully lift their voices and be heard.

CityKids Speak on Liberty Banner
 has been chosen as a centerpiece of Rock the Vote’s large-scale art exhibition and event series taking place at the Democratic National Convention. Click the image to learn more.




Click on this Image to learn more about The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s visit to CityKids and The Door.

CityKids-First 30 Years from CityKids on Vimeo.


CityKids has trained tens of thousands of young people to be leaders who are positively impacting the world.
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We cannot thank you enough for your thoughtful and on-going investment in our work and our youth.

With your generosity CityKids will continue to positively engage, empower and inspire young people. Your donation and support are tax-deductible.


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