ABOUT US

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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

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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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ARTS-BASED PRACTICE

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.

OUR APPROACH

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