Why Nurturing Our Natural Creativity Matters

“Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up.”
– Pablo Picasso

By Nick Lynch, Student and CEF YouthWise Alum

Why CEF YouthWise might be just the right creativity experience for YOUR child!I first attended the Creative Problem Solving Institute (CPSI) when I was 10. I remember getting off the plane in Atlanta, where the conference was held at the time, and feeling completely overwhelmed that I was about to be surrounded by some of the world’s most creative thinkers. We went out to dinner one of the first nights, and I just sat there without a clue as to what a 10 year old could contribute to the ideas and terms flying around the table. Yet less than one week later I felt confident enough about the CPS process to present my YouthWise team’s findings to the entire conference.

Looking back, that shouldn’t have been a surprise to me. I grew up in a household that placed a high importance on creativity. My mother, Karen Lynch, had raised me to think outside the box in all of my activities. With my brother and sister, I was the one who could create the most fun games. Perhaps this was partially because I was the oldest. But it also was because I was supported in creating a world for the three of us to explore. By attending CPSI as I aged out of elementary school, I was able to grow and develop my creative thinking, taking what I was learning in the abstract and applying my new knowledge to a more practical setting – my life.

Currently, I am 17 and a senior in high school. I recently finished up my college application process. I knew I was selling myself as a potential candidate for each school. However, there was a second aspect – I was proving to myself that I could proficiently use CPS during the application process. On the surface, my essay was about how CPS and applied improv influenced my life. On a deeper level, I structured my essay based upon a storytelling technique I learned at CPSI. One by one, I conquered each question with an H2 (“how to”) statement, almost marketing myself for how I could solve the challenges of the future.

I view life as a series of problems – which is not a bad thing – and feel that what defines an individual is how she is able to solve them. Through the Creative Problem Solving Institute, and the methodologies that I have studied there, I am now able to approach every problem I face in my life, knowing that if I set my mind to it, I can find a solution.

Why not bring YOUR children or grandchildren to CPSI with you this June? Your life will never be the same …

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