Last weekend Nadia Chaney and I led a Creative Facilitation Training in Takoma Park, Maryland (right next to Washington DC). Once again I was reminded of the rich tapestry of people that are working for good in our world. 25 artists, college students, teachers, youth workers and social entrepreneurs attended from a wide range of service and social enterprise organizations. The age of participants spanned six decades.
This week PYE have been busy in Colombia, holding not only a Creative Facilitation Training in conjunction with Fundacion Proyecto de Vida, but also a creative skills exchange with Fundacion Mi Sangre and Cauce Ciudadano. Continue reading
For the last 15 years PYE have been offering training and support to organisations and individuals in five of the world’s continents. At the heart of our work is our arts-based facilitation approach, an ongoing, collaborative work which we call the Creative Community Model.
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Two years ago PYE embarked on a partnership with Bangalore-based Dream A Dream, a life skills program serving 3000 disadvantaged youth per year. On the heels of a 6-week visit from PYE senior trainer and seasoned social artist, Nadia Chaney, our partnership continues to blossom.
Dream A Dream is an award-winning charity in Bangalore India that provides critical life skills training to children from vulnerable backgrounds. Their own dream is to equip 240,000 children with essential life skills over the next five years. They chose PYE’s Creative Community Model as a key piece in their strategy to scale.
In September 2011 PYE partnered with Agrifirma within their core values of sustainability and environment to develop and implement a creative community camp for the benefit of their employees and the communities where they operate in North-Western Bahia. In the same year Agrifirma, with PYE’s support, offered an adult training followed by a 5-day youth camp for 45 youth to become creative leaders in their communities. In the words of Luciana who runs a successful youth program in Barreras, Bahia: “PYE’s program rescues the meaning of what it means to be human and in community”.
Agastya International Foundation seeks to transform the thinking of rural teachers and children in Bangalore. The organisation do this by bringing hands-on science education to rural schools through the use of outreach programs for youth such as “Science on Wheels” – a mobile lab program.
There are now 500 youth attending life skills classes regularly in the East Cape region of South Africa thanks to the ongoing work of Xola Yoyo. Xola was hired by PYE‘s partner organization ASAP (African Solutions to African Problems), to implement the Creative Community Model in a youth empowerment program for teens in the East Cape. He has been providing ongoing training and support for local arts facilitators and social artists ever since.
After decades of war, Colombia has an estimated three million displaced people. Over 270,000 of them live in the capital city, Bogota. Proyecto de Vida is an NGO that is serving urban youth in Bogota through a holistic approach that integrates the arts with social therapies. The project has three centers and offers after school programs youth empowerment programs to hundreds of young people.
Charlie spent this summer mentoring and supporting arts facilitators from UK based organisation LIFEbeat in order to consolidate the continued growth of the Creative Community Model in Europe.