South Whidbey Record


International group meets to empower youth

July 4, 2013 · Updated 3:31 PM

International members from the program Partners in Youth Empowerment convene on Whidbey Island through July 7 to collaborate on ideas for youth engagement. / Photo courtesy of Partners in Youth Empowerment

Minds from around the world have convened on South Whidbey for Partners for Youth Empowerment’s first international gathering called “Catch the Fire.”

The event began Tuesday and will continue through Sunday, July 7 at the Whidbey Institute in Clinton here 90 artists, educators and youth workers collaborate on ideas for youth engagement. The program works with people in Uganda, South Africa, India, the United Kingdom and Brazil to train people and implement programs to support youth. Following the international gathering, the program is hosting a youth camp from July 10 to 17.

The program aims to strengthen a movement around youth engagement based on understanding and tapping into creative power, said Charlie Murphy, chief executive officer and co-founder of the program. The program trained 1,300 people last year from 400 organizations who are working with about 200,000 young people.

Having the event on South Whidbey is a homecoming for Murphy, who started a similar program called Power of Hope on the island. Power of Hope led the way for the international program, Partners for Youth Empowerment, he said.

“To be able to bring our program back to where it started in this community is really meaningful to us,” Murphy said. “We’ve gotten a lot of volunteer support from people on the island.”

For more information or to volunteer for the program, call 360-221-8332 or visit http://pyeglobal.org.


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