We believe in using arts and creativity to foster youth development. Creative expression brings people together, providing them with a sense of community and safety. Everybody needs an environment in which they feel valued and listened to. We call these Creative Communities.
Our Creative Community Model has been widely praised by independent evaluators. They have applauded our approach to youth development in the following areas:
- enhancing positive self-regard
- commitment to learning
- interpersonal and cultural competence
- engagement in community life
A 2010 evaluation by the University of Washington of the Bead for Life Vocational Training program in Kampala, Uganda identified participation in camps using the Creative Community Model as a major factor in improving student’s self esteem. This new confidence was a major factor in finding employment.
Early results of our work in Eastern Cape South Africa suggest similar successful employment outcomes for the young adult youth workers. Half of the program leaders we trained found paid employment with youth-serving organizations in the region within a year.
We have observed similar patterns in all of the other regions where we work. Individuals who are trained in our methodology are promoted within their organizations, find paid employment with their facilitation skills and gain recognition as exceptional program leaders.
We are currently working with MEM Associates in Seattle, Washington to do a longitudinal evaluation of our adult training programs. This will be available later this year.
Stories Of Impact
PYE Global is a small organization, but we like to think that we have a big impact around the world.
In 2011 we traveled to six countries, worked with 275 organizations and trained more than 1,000 youth workers.
We estimate that last year alone, somewhere in the region of 350,000 young people benefited from programs and camps based on our very own Creative Community Model.
But we don’t really like numbers – they don’t do justice to the amazing people and community artists that we’ve worked with and the inspiring things that they’ve done with the PYE Creative Facilitation Training we’ve given them. To get a better idea of what it is that we do, we thought we’d share these short stories with you.
PYE’s creative facilitation training helped David Kafambe to work with young people around Uganda, giving them the skills and the tools they needed to make positive changes in their lives.
Communities in Eastern Cape, South Africa are helping their young people to feel valued and engaged using PYE’s Creative Community Model.
Teachers in South Africa are using the Creative Community Model to help improve school attendance, increase student participation and have fun in the classroom.
The Creative Community Model has been used in Uganda to help young people improve their prospects and look towards a brighter future.
The Dream a Dream organisation in Bangalore used their PYE training to broaden the reach and impact of their work.
Agrifirma and Partners for Youth Empowerment are working together to bring creativity into the lives of a group of young people living in rural Brazil.
If you have a story about the ripple effects of PYE and the Creative Community Model please feel free to get in touch:
Find out more by reading our Evaluation.