Developing a Vision for your Year

One way to set yourself off on a positive direction for the year is through writing a “Letter from the Future.” This is an activity you can do personally or use with groups to activate the visioning capacity.

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Adam and Julien’s Story: LATE NITE ART

Adam Rosendahl and Julien Thomas are Partners for Youth Empowerment trained social artists who run LATE NITE ART, an evening of…

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Alan’s Story: Working with Others, for Others

Alan Wong is an independent facilitator and poet who has organized and facilitated experiential art and leadership programs for thousands of teens…

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Creating a Safe Space

In Men and the Water of Life, Michael Meade writes “If the fires that innately burn inside youths are not intentionally…

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One Love Ice Cream Funds Jamaican Youth Camp

How an ice cream company is making a difference for youth…

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Building New Futures Among Ancient Pyramids

How the Elisa Sednaoui Foundation is making a big difference in the lives of youth in Luxor, Egypt.

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Can Creativity Help Us to Break Down the Generational Divide?

Think of your friendship groups and ask yourself, who are you friends with? Do your friends resemble you in any…

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Creative Empowerment Camps Make a Difference

Camp leaders talk about the plight and promise of youth around the world.

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Photographer Starts Youth Innovation Hub

“I have never before witnessed the transformational power of creativity in such a profound way. . .

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Daniel’s Story: Life as a Social Artist

Canadian born Daniel Lalande is a recent convert to social artistry. For 24 years Daniel worked as a costume designer,…

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Derek’s Story: Behind the Scenes

Derek Debru is a filmmaker and community artist who works internationally. Last year he joined Partners for Youth Empowerment in…

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Doctors Told to Prescribe Play

“Play is not frivolous,” says a new report from the American Academy of Pediatrics. “It enhances brain structure and function…

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Arts and Creativity Inspire Youth at UNIS school in Hanoi

The arts festival was part of the Mekong Regional International Schools Association. The organization brings together 8 schools from Vietnam,…

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Finding a Job in the International Schools Network

International Schools are in over countries. Here’s some tips on how to get your foot in the door.

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Ed’S Story: Developing Projects for Children Living in Refugee Camps

Being a part of our collaboration with ELIX on developing projects working with refugee children this summer had a huge impact…

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Ed’s Story: How Do You Start a Social Art Organization?

As an international organization we have met and worked with thousands of social artists around the world. One question that many of…

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Eric’s Story: The Power of Drama

Eric Mulholland is an actor and facilitator with more than 20 years of experience in using theater for youth empowerment….

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Tip: A warm welcome

The beginning of a program is often the most awkward time for youth. Here are ways to smooth the transition and get your program off to a great start.

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Celebrate Strengths

Learn how to build a strong group identity by acknowledging the strengths each person brings to the mix.

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Fatuma’s Story: Young Women Empowered

I am from Kenya originally so I am a newcomer to this country. I am doing my best to be…

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Partners for Youth Empowerment Feature in Economist Report on Key “21st Century Skills”

Our Executive Director, Gwyn Wansbrough, was one of twenty experts interviewed for key insights about how best to empower young people for success in the quickly changing workplace and world.

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Global Gathering Speakers Announced

We are thrilled to announce additional speakers and workshop leaders for our 2018 Global Gathering that will be held September 25-30, 2018 in Luxor Egypt.

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Great Quotes about Creativity

Looking for a little inspiration for your creativity? Take a look at the words of some wise people who’ve managed…

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Creative Classroom Training Makes Waves

Working for education that addresses the whole child.

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In Partnership with Ben and Jerry’s and 1Love

We’re so excited to announce a brand new partnership with Ben & Jerry’s and 1Love. As part of the 30th…

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Healing Trauma with Joy and Connection

First Nations leader uses Creative Empowerment to heal broken relationships.

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Jamie’s Story: Cheers to Changemaker

Seattle Met Magazine recently celebrated the winners of their fourth annual Light a Fire Awards. These honors are given to organizations…

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Youth Grow Wings Through Self Acceptance

A new Jamaican facilitator shares her journey through Creative Facilitation trainings and youth camps.

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Jennifer’s Story: A Group Rhythm of Solidarity

Thanks to Partners for Youth Empowerment, the power of play and creativity is an active, vibrant part of my daily…

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Joanne’s Story: Using The Arts In Peacebuilding

Joanne Lauterjung Kelly lives in Myanmar (also known as Burma) working with an international NGO that supports local organizations and…

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Engaging Indigenous Youth

This model is not only empowering youth, it’s strengthening communities across the generations, says Kelly Terbasket.

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Engaging Students in Learning

How one teacher learned to bring her artistic self into play to create a welcoming atmosphere.

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Camp Youth Sheds Labels and Finds Himself

How one young man stepped into his power and purpose in life.

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Introducing Our New Board Chair

We are thrilled to introduce Deepa Narayan, the new chair of our Board. Deepa Narayan is an internationally-recognized poverty, child…

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Rebekka’s Story: The Magic of Music

Rebekka Goldsmith has been part of our community for many years and her work with music and particularly vocal improvisation have…

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An Introvert’s Advice on Working with Youth

The dangers of labeling youth as introverts and the value of being a quiet facilitator.

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Sagesse’s Story: A Fresh Take on Teaching

Sagesse Graham is a videographer and animator who uses aspects of the Creative Community Model in her work with youth….

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Say “No” to Small Group Report Backs

Reporting back after group work can often be very boring. Here are two ways to harvest small group learnings while keeping your whole group engaged.

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Shalini’s Story: Gather and Learn Together

When we met Shalini Menon she was working with Dream a Dream in Bangalore, India, helping to empower vulnerable young…

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What Schools Could Learn from Summer Camp

A Stanford University study shows that summer campers gain a love of learning that lasts.

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Take the Temperature of the Room

It’s 8 am and your job is get 30 sleepy 14-year-olds excited about English class. What can you do? Learn one teacher’s creative solution.

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The Creative Community Model Around the World

Every year hundreds of people get in touch to let us know that they have been using the Creative Community Model in…

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Our Community Celebrates the Influence of Bob Marley

How did Bob Marley inspire you? To celebrate our partnership with Ben & Jerry’s and the 1Love Foundation we asked our community…

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Themis’ Story: Transforming Work into Play

Themistoklis Gkion is a lead facilitator with Partners for Youth Empowerment and the Founder and Learning Experience Architect at Flow…

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Thomas’ Story: Creative Community Comes to the Bay Area, California

Our Lead Facilitator Thomas Arndt fills us in on the amazing energy and passion developing in our newest community.  …

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Tiffany’s Story: Applying the Creative Community Model in your Work

The Creative Community Model is incredibly flexible. It just works.   We first met Tiffany Purn some years ago when…

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Why Camp Matters

Years ago, the mother of a Power of Hope camper told us about an incident that happened while taking her…

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Xanthippi’s Story: Bringing Rhythm to Greece

Xanthippi Anastasiadou is a music teacher at a primary school in Thessaloniki, Greece and Master’s student at the University of…

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Xola’s Story: Youth Work in South Africa

Xola Yoyo is a youth worker on the Eastern Cape of South Africa who uses the Creative Community Model in…

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Youth Empowerment in the Eastern Cape

There are now 500 youth attending life skills classes regularly in the East Cape region of South Africa thanks to…

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