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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

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

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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