La Diatribe acquires a partner organization

Two local nonprofits have combined their resources to better serve young people in West Michigan.

The Diatribe, a nonprofit youth outreach organization in the Grand Rapids community, recently said it acquired partner organization Grand Rapids Creative Youth Center (CYC), a writing center offering free programming to creative youth.

CYC has been supported by grants and community support since its inception in 2010, but the organization’s board felt it could better deliver on its promises by partnering with an organization that shares the same vision and the same values.

“To ensure that amazing literary resources for young people can reach young minds in Kent County and beyond, we are proud to welcome CYC into our existing work,” said Marcel “Fable” Price, Executive Director of The Diatribe. “This will have a big and positive impact on everything we do and future projects.”

The two organizations have a history of partnering over the years, with a common goal of elevating underrepresented young voices and nurturing creativity and community.

Kait Polzin. Courtesy of Grand Rapids Center for Creative Youth

“We are confident that The Diatribe will do a great job of maintaining our vision through its impact on the community,” said Kait Polzin, Chair of CYC’s Board of Directors. “They work closely with students through their Writing to Right Wrongs program, while also offering free summer programs to local students. This is an extension of CYC’s existing work and something we look forward to being a part of for years to come.

The Diatribe is preparing to launch its summer programming, which will include the Write it OUT Advanced Poetry Camp, the Mindfulness and Metaphor Beginners Poetry Camp in Grand Rapids, and a Muskegon Diatribe Summer Program.

Aubrey L. Morgan