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Dalouge Smith, CEO and President of SDYS and Katie Wayatt, Founder and Executive Director of KidzNotes and the Executive Director of El Sistema USA, sat down for a conversation at the invitation of the Massachusetts Cultural Council, which is featured on their blog “Seen & Heard”.

Creative youth development programs are a dynamic part of the arts education ecosystem that link creative experiences in the arts, sciences, and humanities to youth development. Through these programs, both in- and out-of-school, young people develop critical thinking, problem-solving, and collaboration skills. These programs stimulate imagination and creativity, celebrate individuality and self-worth, encourage a sense of purpose, and foster deeper civic engagement.

Through Seen & Heard the MCC aims to illuminate the voices and visions of these young people, and to encourage and provoke the dedicated creative youth development practitioners who shape and deliver these vital programs across our state and across the nation.

Learn more and listen to the full audio conversation here.

San Diego Youth Symphony