Curtis Young is an advocate of youth education programs focusing on the arts and opportunity expansion. He joined Artistic Noise in 2017 after more than 10 years working in education at high impact organizations including the International Education Resource Network, where he managed U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Education and Cultural Affairs grant programs in five countries and most recently the Ross Institute, whose mission is to transform education and prepare children with the skills, knowledge, and values to succeed in a complex, global society.
His dedication to service began while an undergraduate student when he was awarded the prestigious White House Internship under the administration of former President William J. Clinton. While at the White House he worked under the leadership of Thurgood Marshall Jr. in the Cabinet Affairs Office. Curtis continued his work in government in the Office of Congressman Bobby Scott, and as a Legislative Aide to Delegate Mamye BaCote in the Virginia House of Delegates in addition to the Presidential Campaign of Former Secretary of State, John Kerry. It was the culmination of these experiences which provided the foundation and interest in working locally to bring about change.
He obtained his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and French from Hampton University and studied Urban Planning at New York University’s Wagner School of Public Service in 2005-2006.
Curtis currently serves as a member of Manhattan’s Community Board 12 where he sits on the Youth and Education Committee and the Land Use Committee. Additionally, he Chairs the Board of Directors at the Laundromat Project, and is a member of the Maynor Biggers Artist Fund. He previously served as an Advisory Board member for the American Friends of the Louvre Museum.