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