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

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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