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Our Vision

We envision a world in which all young people lead creative, purposeful lives.

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

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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