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

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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