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Welcome to

"We gather diverse young people in a safe space, we turn our pain into purpose, and we all become agents of social change"

-Laurie Meadoff, Founder and President

CityKids Speak on Liberty

Let your voice be heard!

The 'CityKids Speak on Liberty' Masterpiece, a collaboration between Keith Haring and 1000 CityKids. 

This amazing 90 ft x 30ft artpiece will be auctioned soon...

Stay Tuned!

“The artivist (artist + activist) uses their artistic talents to fight and struggle against injustice and oppression—by any medium necessary. The artivist merges commitment to freedom and justice with the pen, the lens, the brush, the voice, the body, and the imagination. The artivist knows that to make an observation is to have an obligation”.

- M.K. Asante “It’s Bigger Than Hip Hop”

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photo: Jane Feldman

Youth Leadership is our Mission

CityKids Coalition has been in our DNA since CityKids was founded in 1985.

Our new Coalition is run by former CityKids and our Executive Team with the goal of gathering and empowering young leaders to take control of their narrative and assert their power and creative vision.


Empowering Youth Through Art: CityKids Foundation and Crash One’s Mural Project

We are thrilled to share the success of our recent mural project, a testament to our commitment to empowering youth through creativity, leadership, and community engagement. This project, inspired by our original collaboration with the iconic Keith Haring, provided a platform for young people to express themselves and contribute to their local community.

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Our Programs


Local Programs

Sharpen Up

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In response to COVID-19, we collaborated with A Better Life Foundation to ensure our communities have access to food and our education program SHARPEN UP morphed to meet the need.

We sent critical groceries and  taught directly via zoom into the homes of our families!

Local PROgrams


National Programs

Keith Harring Banner Tour


Activating Social justice Across America, a 10-city tour exploring how a new generation defines freedom. Community events will be based on performances and workshops teaching youth how to create safe spaces. 

Bringing CUlnnary education to.... kids

National Programs

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International Programs

Geoversity's School of Biocultural Leadership

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A collaboration with Geoversity in Panama, we are training youth alongside local and Indigenous leaders to push the boundaries of climate change activism. 

GLOBAL Programs



Founded in 1985 by Laurie Meadoff, CityKids Foundation  engages and motivates young people from diverse demographics to use their voices and positively impact their lives, their communities, and the world through leadership and the arts.


CityKids' innovative programming and projects are at the forefront in the fields of positive youth development and social-emotional learning; providing opportunities for personal growth and artistic expression. 


We help young people channel their growth into substantial social change. 

What we've Done

Since 1985, CityKids has been at the forefront of understanding what young people really need. We adapt to the current realities of youth culture and progress with community, leadership and activism. 

We have established and maintained cutting-edge youth development programs, training tens of thousands of diverse young people to be leaders and Artivist.

For Almost 40 years, CItykids has provided young people with safe space in an unsafe world

Media and Press


CK MAssive

Alumni Coalition

Weekly virtual meetings where CK Alumni can connect and hold space together.

 Youth Coalition 

Regular virtual and in-person gatherings where young people can connect with one another in a safe space. 

Sponsors And Partners

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Support Us

Support our programs. 

Support our youth.

Support our community.

CityKids is a 501(c)(3) public charity. Your donation is fully tax-deductible.
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