Earlier this year, The Lewis Prize for Music published a white paper, “Midcasting Toward Just Futures: Creative Youth Development’s Waymaking to Systems Change Through and Beyond the COVID-19 Pandemic”. This white paper emerged from The Lewis Prize’s focus and research on systems change and the work of creative youth development (CYD) organizations to meet the direct needs of the communities they serve. The paper compiles case studies, essays from youth and adult researchers and the findings of our field-wide surveying to discuss the work of CYD organizations in their communities over the last year. This session features data collected from 280 CYD organizations, case studies around the implementation of systems change through direct service and the voices of youth leaders alongside prominent CYD researchers. Attendees can connect with the impact that music CYD organizations have had in their communities since the pandemic and learn how they are positioning young people to innovate, plan and imagine new pathways toward just futures beyond and because of this moment of critical uncertainty. In this roundtable discussion featuring some of the white paper’s contributors, presenters share the paper’s findings and engage in breakout discussions about CYD, direct service provision, systems change and the work of mapping and midcasting toward just futures with young people.
Arielle Julia Brown, Knowledge Generation Lead at The Lewis Prize for Music
Jakayla Furr, Youth Organizer at Hyde Square Taskforce (White Paper Contributor)
Raquel Jimenez, Doctoral Candidate at Harvard University (White Paper Contributor)
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