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