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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.

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