Our Mission and Purpose.
Creative Youth of Arizona, L.L.C. (CYAZ), is a State of Arizona nonprofit organization created by students and dedicated to the following charitable and educational purposes:
- To encourage and support the creation, publication, and exhibition of language and media arts from young creators in middle and secondary grades.
- To undertake projects that will assist young creators and their advocates to achieve standards of excellence in language and media arts, and to bring these projects before the public.
- To foster public appreciation, strengthen scholarship, and improve youth participation in language and media arts throughout Arizona and beyond.
CYAZ was co-founded by students Akhila Bandlora and Heather Jensen. They are accomplished writers and artists who have volunteered with nonprofit organizations for several years to facilitate the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards in Arizona, plan and host awards ceremonies, and promote student involvement in the Awards, local writing workshops, and the Youth Poet Laureate program. Supporters of CYAZ include local teachers, parents, community leaders, artists and writers, and other volunteers.