We envision a world in which all young people lead creative, purposeful lives.

We are excited to announce that Partners for Youth Empowerment (PYE) has officially joined the Commonweal community in January 2022.

For years, PYE and Commonweal have enjoyed a fruitful partnership, grounded in friendship and mutual respect between our founders. Both PYE and Commonweal lead Power of Hope Camps and Creative Facilitation trainings for youth and adults. Young people and staff members who’ve experienced Power of Hope camp through Commonweal (Bolinas, CA) and through PYE (Whidbey Island, WA) share strong bonds of friendship and high regard for one another.

“It’s an honor to be included among Commonweal’s programs that focus on education and the arts, health and healing, and environmental justice. Joining Commonweal’s rich community of programs means we can serve more young people and amplify our energy toward healing society and our beautiful planet.”, shared Larisa Benson, Executive Director at PYE.

PYE is excited to be joining Commonweal and looks forward to connecting with the various programs and organizations within the Commonweal community. We invite you to read the announcement on the Commonweal website.

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BLOG Writing Sections

News: PYE updates, jobs, workshop announcements

Thought Leadership: Innovation Center publications, research, Creative Empowerment Model

Adult Learning: Stories of success using PYE facilitation practices

Impact Stories: Stories from our partners and PYE annual reports

Youth Empowerment: Camps, tips for youth work, camp youth profiles


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