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

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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