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Our Vision

We envision a world in which all young people lead creative, purposeful lives.

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our values

Our Model

The Creative Empowerment Model combines EXPERIENTIAL LEARNING, GROUP FACILITATION and ARTS-BASED PRACTICE into a framework for designing and leading transformative programs for youth and adults. Participants develop self-confidence, motivation, social and emotional competence, and leadership – proven predictors of well-being.

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People thrive in arts-rich environments. Easy-to-lead activities drawn from art forms like poetry, visual arts, music, and theater to boost bonding and creativity, build motivation, and bring joy into learning.


We achieve exponential impact by working with individuals and organizations that work directly with youth. We develop partnerships with local organizations and schools who adapt and spread the Creative Empowerment Model in their own work. This leads to a multiplier effect that increases impact.

multiplier effect

Our People

Deepa Narayan
Board Chair, Goa, India / Cortes Island, BC, Canada
Ian Watson
London, England
Gwyn Wansbrough
Executive Director
Nadia Chaney
Director of Training
Helena Hennighausen
US Director
Peggy Taylor
Co-Founder and Creative Director
Peggy Taylor
Seattle, WA
Nadia Chaney
Montreal, QC
Ruth Barry
Operations Manager
Nancy Mortifee
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Andrew Nalani
Brooklyn, NY, USA
Xola Yoyo
Eastern Cape, South Africa
Brigid Tierney
Toronto, ON, Canada
Ed Wade-Martins
Lewes, UK
Peter Evans
Pacific Northwest Native
Thomas Arndt
Kirkland, WA, USA
Hanif Fazal
Portland, Oregon
Donna Parsell
Administrative Assistant
Melanie Schambach
London, ON, Canada
Marta Drummond
London, England
Themis Gkion
Athens, Greece
Ibanda Grace Flavia
Kampala, Uganda
Julia Pond
London, UK
Reid Kuennen
Seattle, WA, USA
Kathy Ellwand
Lewes, UK
Rebekka Goldsmith
Seattle, WA, USA
Aaron Nigel Smith
Lake Oswego, OR, USA
David Kafambe
Kampala, Uganda
Mutya Macatumpag
Vancouver, BC, Canada
Nawtej “Nuff” Dosanjh
London, England
Wayne Silby
Kansas City, MO
Adam Rosendahl
San Francisco, CA, USA
Claire Gemmill
Cape Town, South Africa
Charles D. Terry, JD
Langley, Washington
Sara Kendall
Havana, Cuba
Chungliang Al Huang
Gold Beach, OR
Sarah Downey
Victoria, BC, Canada
Soasis Sukuweh
Toronto, ON, Canada
Cecilia Zanotti
São Paulo, Brazil
Xoli Fulyani
Cape Town, South Africa
Bagonza Herman
Kampala, Uganda
Claudia Pineda
Seattle, WA, USA
Hanan Mohammed
Luxor, Egypt
Victoria Watson
London, UK
Mark Cheng
London, England
Stavroula (Voula) Samara
Athens, Greece
Gail Davenport
Cabin John, MD
Thandile Giyama
Cape Town, South Africa
Nilisha Mohapatra
Bangalore, India
Stephanie Turner
London, UK
Silvia Giovannoni
London, UK
Larry Black
Barcelona, Spain
Ibanda Mary Frances
Kampala, Uganda
Alan Wong
Seattle, WA, USA
Gani Naylor
Lewes, UK
Kelly Terbasket
Syilx (Okanagan) Territory, Penticton, BC, Canada
Madhu Shukla
Bangalore, India
Ella Cooper
Toronto, ON, Canada
Susan Janow
US Program Manager
Vishal Talreja
Bangalore, India
Bira Azevedo
São Paulo, Brazil
Hatem El Wakeel
Luxor, Egypt
Connie Chung
Boston, Massachusetts
Maurits Schouten
London, England
Khari McClelland
Vancouver, BC, Canada
Peter Mortifee
Vancouver, BC, Canada
Devon Little
Seattle, WA, USA
Abdullah Gohar
Luxor, Egypt
Devin Majkut
Seattle, WA, USA
Rupinder (Rup) Sidhu
Unceded Coast Salish Territories, Vancouver, BC, Canada
Mona Ahmed
Luxor, Egypt
Mari Shibuya
Seattle, WA, USA
Eric Mulholland
Seattle, WA, USA
Cassandra Vieten
Petaluma, CA

Our Partners

Collaboration lies at the heart of our work.

Our partners include schools, non-profit organizations, and businesses who share a commitment to unleashing the potential of youth. Our partners adapt the Creative Empowerment Model for maximum impact in their communities.

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