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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


CityKids will be celebrating an amazing 30 year legacy of innovative youth development work with new,  expanded programming for 2015:

After visiting The Albany Empire in Deptford London, Laurie was inspired by a brilliantly integrated center for both Arts and Social Services for young people. The Albany Empire was created by Jenny Harris in partnership with  Princess Diana, was well ahead of it’s time, and is the model that inspires The CityKids Foundation’s partnership with  The Door. CityKids at The Door brings the original vision full circle. Under the shared mission of empowering diverse  young people to reach their potential, CityKids at The Door is an ideal partnership.


The CityKids Repertory (Rep) is also partnering with our sister organization, Harlem based IMPACT Repertory Theatre to offer two locations for training youth in New York City, expanding our school based arts-leadership programming. We will be enhancing our weekly Coalition meetings, as we take the reigns of  “Chat the Planet”an established, cutting-edge global media initiative that has already reached 300 million homes; connecting youth worldwide in two-way, internet-enabled dialogues that build international cultural understanding. We will also launch “TAG YOU’RE IT!” A national, disruptive campaign that will challenge global youth stereotypes and youth diversity.


CityKids-First 30 Years from City Kids on Vimeo.




CityKids has trained tens of thousands of young people to be leaders who are positively impacting the world.
Please join us in this important work!


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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