Professional Development

The Shout Syndicate Fund

Website The Shout Syndicate

The Shout Syndicate was formed in mid-2017 as a vehicle to develop new funders and supporters for Boston’s creative youth development ecology through the local for-profit performing arts sector and national field. This pilot grant program has the following objectives:

To provide grants to proven, high-quality creative youth development organizations in need of funding support for youth-centered programming.
To provide youth with the opportunity to create and produce artwork of their own making, with stipends provided so they can dedicate time during out-of-school hours.
To learn more about The Shout Syndicate, visit

The Shout Syndicate team is:
Ami Bennett
Jeb Gutelius
Mark Kates
Adam Klein

Creative Youth Development organizations are those that “intentionally integrate creative skill-building, inquiry, and expression with positive youth development principles, fueling young people’s imaginations and building critical learning and life skills.” Creative Youth Development (CYD) programs see young people as active agents of their own change, with inherent strengths and skills to be developed and supported.

The following specific characteristics are essential in quality CYD programs:

Provide safe and healthy youth spaces;
Are assets-based;
Foster the development of positive relationships and social skills;
Are youth-driven;
Set high expectations for growth and learning; and
Address the broader context in which creative youth development operates.


The Boston Foundation and its partners will host information sessions as follows:

Wednesday, June 19 – 2-3:30pm
The Boston Foundation
75 Arlington St., Boston
Click here to register

Monday, June 24 – 2-3:30pm
Northeastern Crossing
1175 Tremont St., Boston
Click here to register
2019 Pilot Grant Program
The Shout Syndicate is seeking to support approximately 8 programs with grants of $20,000 – $25,000 in this grant cycle.

Grant Requirements

501c3 organizations located in Greater Boston
Serving youth in high school, generally ages 15-21
Artistic creation with youth at the center of the process
Stipends based on minimum wage for participating youth
Public sharing of work created at the conclusion of the program
Programs will support both creative youth development and workforce development opportunities for youth.
Programs will work with a cohort of at least 3-5 youth.
Programs will operate from September to May or June but may propose continuing into the summer months.
Programs will provide programming for youth 6-8 hours per week over the 9-month period. However programs can propose working with more youth for fewer hours per week or for fewer weeks (such as using a semester structure) to serve different groups of youth.
Funding Priorities

All disciplines (Theatre, Dance, Visual Art, Music, Literary Art, Media/Film)
We seek to fund established CYD neighborhood-based organizations who prioritize working with youth who have had limited access to these types of out-of-school-time opportunities.
We seek organizations that work with a diverse set of recipients that reflect the population of the region.
Priority will be given to community-based organizations with budgets of $2 million or less who employ local teaching artists.