ABOUT US

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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

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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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ARTS-BASED PRACTICE

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.

OUR APPROACH

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.

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