The Diatribe acquires partner organization

Marcel "Fable" Price. Courtesy The Diatribe

Two local nonprofits have combined their resources to better serve West Michigan youth.

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

The CYC has been backed by grants and community support since its creation in 2010, but the organization’s board of directors felt it could better deliver its promises by joining with an organization that shares the same vision and values.

“To ensure the amazing literary resources for young people are able to reach the young minds around Kent County and beyond, we’re proud to be welcoming CYC into our existing work,” said Marcel “Fable” Price, executive director of The Diatribe. “This will have a great and positive impact on all that we do and on projects to come.”

The two organizations have a history of partnership over the years, with a shared goal of uplifting underrepresented young voices and nurturing creativity and community.

Kait Polzin. Courtesy Grand Rapids Creative Youth Center

“We’re confident that The Diatribe will do an excellent job maintaining our vision through their impact on the community,” said Kait Polzin, CYC board president. “They work closely with students through their Writing to Right Wrongs program, as well as offering free summer programming for local students. This is an extension of CYC’s existing work and something we’re looking forward to being a part of for years to come.”

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

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