Partners for Youth Empowerment’s (PYE) mission is to unleash the creative potential of young people. For 25 years, guided by this mission, PYE has been working to shift the field of youth work to respond to the deeper needs of young people for meaning, purpose, creativity, and connection. We do this by training individuals, schools, and organizations in our Creative Empowerment Model, a unique combination of experiential education, group facilitation, and the arts, which together foster key life skills that help youth thrive in a rapidly changing world.

In all of our programs, we prioritize engaging diverse populations, with the end goal of reaching youth who are marginalized and furthest from opportunity.

Our Impact

Today, through a train-the-trainer model and with our circle of global partners, we train over 6,000 practitioners in 40+ countries annually. Through our online learning network, we regularly engage 5,000+ practitioners around the world with free resources and peer education opportunities. These practitioners, in turn, reach over 300,000 youth each year with programs that ignite purpose, power, and possibility in youth.

Power of Hope Camp

PYE is an outgrowth of Power of Hope: Youth Empowerment through the Arts, co-founded in 1996 in the Seattle area by Charlie Murphy and Peggy Taylor. They founded PYE in 2010 to take this model to more communities around the world.

The Creative Empowerment MODEL

All PYE programming is based in the Creative Empowerment Model (CEM); it is what sets us apart from other facilitation training programs. The CEM combines EXPERIENTIAL LEARNING, GROUP FACILITATION and ARTS-BASED PRACTICE into a framework for designing and leading transformative programs for youth and adults. Through program activities, participants develop self-confidence, motivation, social and emotional competence, and leadership – proven predictors of well-being. The resulting EMPOWERMENT provides participants the ability to imagine and enact the life one wants to lead.

Experential Learning

Hands-on experience sparks new perspectives. Participation and reflections ignite possibility, offer insight, and transform attitudes, behaviours, and beliefs.

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.

Leading Edge Facilitation

Social and empathetic growth happens best in well-facilitated groups. The most current techniques in leadership and group dynamics prepare practitioners to build great groups.


We achieve exponential impact by working with individuals and organizations that work directly with youth. We engage 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.

Our Values


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Susan Janow

Susan has a passion for life-long learning. She is a dynamic organizer who supports our events, registrations, and communications to ensure that our trainings happen …

Cecilia Zanotti

Cecilia is an Ashoka fellow and has been working with social projects since 1998. She spent nine years leading a Brazilian nonprofit focused on community-based …

Mona Ahmed

Mona grew up in the West Bank of Luxor, Egypt. In 2001, she received a degree in Islamic Studies from Al-Azhar University and worked as …

Vishal Talreja

Vishal is co-founder of Dream a Dream, a charitable trust that uses a creative life skills approach to empower young people from vulnerable backgrounds. He …

Tasha Belix

Tasha is a registered psychologist who has specialized in youth and families for over twenty years. She has advanced training in affective neuroscience, trauma-informed care, …

Marta Drummond

Marta is a highly skilled “lightning rod” who connects individuals form diverse backgrounds looking to find common ground. After a 20 year career in senior …

Donna Parsell

Donna is passionate about her community and has worked as a vounteer and staff member of several local organizations. She has experience in financial services …

Brigid Tierney

Brigid Tierney is a fiery Montrealer turned West Coast dreamer turned Toronto transplant. She has been working in the creative facilitation community in many capacities …

Dandelion Logo

The PYE logo is a dandelion; a fitting metaphor for our collective youth empowerment efforts. The dandelion represents resilience, strength, healing and youthful joy. What’s more, each seed has the ability to create a whole new field of dandelions that can grow anywhere, even in the most difficult conditions.

Our Company Name

Our name is Partners for Youth Empowerment, or PYE for short, pronounced as ‘pie’, like apple pie. PYE was formally known as PYE Global and was rebranded to Partners for Youth Empowerment in 2018.