A Parent Empowered Enough to Tell It!


Just when I was contemplating the need to adjust my multi-tasking oriented schedule to include writing a blog post that would capture the spirit of our most recent Self-Empowering Workshop for College Bound Students and Their Parents, I received an email from one of the parents that our non-profit has served over the years which should help the process along…with her permission, of course!
I am actually quite excited at the prospect of sharing the opinions and account of this year’s workshop in the words of participants who are inspired and empowered enough to tell their Your Time For Creative Empowerment story. We are indebted to our parents, community leaders and students, our donors and supporters, and our volunteers who were on hand to render much-needed support. It was indeed, the concerted efforts of all that makes the event worth talking about.

Your Time For Creative Empowerment, Inc. takes the relationship that has been established by guest-writer, Mrs. Sandra Morris Aarons, and that of other repeat participants quite seriously. It is the level of involvement and the reasoning behind their relationship with us that empowers us to navigate challenges in a way that keeps us going and makes us consider them members of the Your Time For Creative Empowerment, Inc. Family. We, of course, extend an open-heart and open arms to our first time participants as we welcome them to the Your Time For Creative Empowerment family.

Before you go on to read what Mrs. Aarons had to say, I would like to extend an invitation to anyone who wishes to join us as a guest blogger on matters that inspire them as a result of their involvement with Your Time For Creative Empowerment, Inc. This blog post also includes a submission by rising high school senior, Michael Desir.   

Please contact us through this blog or email us. Info@yourtime4liny.org

Thank You For Your Special Contribution our 2017 Self-Empowering Workshop

When community members come together for good, wonderful things happen!

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Elmont High School Senior Receives Creative Empowerment Arts Contest College Scholarship Award


Your Time For Creative Empowerment, Inc. Creative Empowerment Arts Contest $500.00 College Scholarship Winner Malaika Foster of Elmont Memorial High School — for her literary submission entitled “21st Century Youth”— pictured with: (L to R) Program Director, Mr. James Lacy; Founder/CEO, Mrs. Madona Cole-lacy and Board Member, Dr. Jeanine Cook-Garard, at the Elmont Memorial High School 2017 Senior Award Ceremony. 

It was a delight to witness the overwhelming support the 2016/17 Senior Class exhibited at the Elmont Memorial High School Senior Awards Ceremony. The rousing applause that followed as each recipient was called to the podium was nothing short of contagious. This camaraderie did not go unnoticed and, as such, has earned the 2017 Elmont Memorial High Senior Class, the 2016/17 Mutual Supportive Spirit Award! 

Find out more about the winning entry of this extraordinary college-bound youth advocate and future Journalist by clicking the link below: http://www.creativeempowermentarts.org/MalaikaFosterwinner.html

Your Time For Creative Empowerment Inc. has proudly served Makaila and her Mom, Ms. Marta Foster since 2014. Ms. Foster’s willingness to participate in the events and activities refects what she perceives as the importance of working collaboratively with community organizations and schools as a parent.— with Makaila Foster and Ms. Marta Foster.

We welcome with open hands and heart, Dr. Jeanine Cook-Garard, who recently joined us as a member of Your Time For Creative Empowerment, Inc. Board of Directors. We thank her for bringing to the table her life and professional skills (as a mother of high-achieving children and a college professor) that will no doubt help in the empowerment of Long Island Area youth. — with Makaila Foster and Ms. Marta Foster, Mr. James Lacy and Mrs. Madona Cole-Lacy.

Makaila Foster, who will pursue her post-high school education in Journalism in the Fall, has been invited to play an active role at the non-profit’s Annual Self-Empowering Workshop, on July 8th, 2017, by sharing with participants, tips on how she navigated high school as a 21st Century youth.  This workshop will address the needs of Junior High, High School, College-Bound Graduates, and Current College Students and their parents. Registration is necessary for this event. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2017-your-time-forself-empowering-workshop-tickets-34556142352?aff=es2 

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Wyandanch High School Students Participate in Arts Contest and Wins For the Third Time!


It was our distinct pleasure to once again make a presentation to a Wyandanch Memorial High School Creative Empowerment Arts Contest Winner. This year’s winner, Pierrelande Saint Cyr, who received a runner-up award of a $500.00 college scholarship is pictured with Your Time For Creative Empowerment, Inc.’s Founder/CEO, Mrs. Madona Cole-Lacy and Program Director, Mr. James Lacy. 

Pierrelande’s Creative Expression of the theme: “Our Hopes, Our Dreams, Our Fears, Our Solutions!” is in the form of a poem entitled “I am Who I am.”

(L to R:  The Wyandanch Memorial High School Principal, Mr. Paul Sibblies; Guidance Counselor, Ms. Tifanny Kee; Your Time For Creative Empowerment, Inc.’s Founder, Mrs. Madona Cole-Lacy and Creative Empowerment Arts Contest Runner-Up, Pierrelande Saint Cyr and Program Director, Mr. James Lacy

(L to R:  The Wyandanch Memorial High School Principal ; Guidance Counselor, Ms. Tifanny Kee; Your Time For Creative Empowerment, Inc.’s Founder, Mrs. Madona Cole-Lacy; Creative Empowerment Arts Contest Runner-Up,  Pierrelande Saint Cyr; Your Time For Creative Empowerment, Inc. Program Director, Mr. James Lacy and Assistant Principal, Mr. Noel Rios)

While this event was no exception, one thing that stood out at the ceremony that deserves mentioning is the fact that roughly 99% of scholarship recepients were attired for success in some form. Kudos to Principal Paul Sibblies, Guidance Counselor Tifanny Kee, staff, parents and last but not least, the students themselves who followed guidance, and kept the focus of the event on scholarship and dignity by being appropriately attired!

We want the students to know that we NOTICED and APPRECIATED their efforts. And that it is without reservation that we name the 2017 Wyandanch Seniors Class “The 2017 BEST DRESSED Senior Award Ceremony Class!”

This does not surprise us in the least as the Wyandanch Memorial High School is one whose Principal champions the idea of the social aspect of college and workplace readiness.  The following article says it all: http://www.newsday.com/long-island/education/wyandanch-high-school-students-revel-in-a-school-uniform-policy-1.11222770

Farmingdale High School Students Receive Creative Empowerment Arts Contest College Scholarship Awards


It was an honor to present to Ashley Burbano (Winner) and Urooba Abid (Runner Up), of Farmingdale High School, the 2016/17 Creative Empowerment Arts Contest college scholarship award on Monday, June 8, 2017 for their Creative Expressions of the theme: “Our Hopes, Our Dreams, Our Fears, Our Solutions!”

This year’s ceremony, not unlike others we have attended in the past, quite naturally featured some of Long Island’s highest achievers. What I would like to shine the spotlight on though, is the engaging way in which the Principal, and staff acknowledge presenters. That special letter the Director of Guidance and Social Work, Maureen Moloughney,  sends out before the event does it for me! What a wonderful gesture! My experience with the Farmingdale High School Staff in charge of the Senior Awards Ceremony can simply be characterized as stellar. This year’s CORDIALITY AWARD goes to the Farmingdale High School!

Ashley Burbano, the 2016/17 First Place Winner of a $1000.00 Creative Empowerment Arts Contest College Scholarship for her Creative Expression  entitled ” The Silent Syrian Crisis”

Left to Right: Your Time For Creative Empowerment Inc. Program Director, Mr. James Lacy; Founder/CEO, Mrs. Madona Cole-Lacy; Ashley Burbano and her parents, Mr. & Mrs. Luis Burbano

Urooba Abid —a runner-Up and Winner of a $500.00 Creative Empowerment Arts Contest College Scholarship for her Creative Expression entitled “Slaves To The System”

Left to Right: Your Time For Creative Empowerment’s Program Director, Mr. James Lacy; Founder/CEO, Mrs. Madona Cole-Lacy; Urooba Abid and her supportive Mother,  Mrs. lqbal Abid

Ashley Burbano and Urooba have been invited to share how they impressively navigate 21st Century life with participants at the upcoming Self-Empowering Workshop for College Bound High and Junior High School Students at Molloy College on July 8th. Registration is necessary for this event.
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Left to Right: Creative Empowerment Arts Contest Runner-Up, Urooba Abid; Founder/CEO of Your Time For Creative Empowerment, Inc. and Ashley Burbano,  Winner of 2016/17 Creative Empowerment Arts Contest

Find out more about these well-rounded, phenomenal college-bound students who are obviously also bound for greatness. http://creativeempowermentartscontest.homestead.com/AshleyBurbano201617Winner.html?_=1493965596717

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Your Time For…Social Gathering 101


When was the last time you went to a holiday social gathering and walked away sober, intellectually intact, motivated, and self-assured you were in the driver’s seat of self-improvement? For me, it was a week ago when involved family members, and the children they passionately support, assembled for an ‘impromptu’ get-together. This exceptional experience has left me hoping that there were many more of such events around the country – and the world – at a time when we celebrate peace, love and goodwill to all men.

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It was the thought of maintaining a strong bond with the people we serve through participation in meaningful ways, that caused us to press on with the idea of reaching out to parents and students who have participated in Your Time For Creative Empowerment, Inc.‘s workshops as a holiday activity – with only a week’s advance notice.

I had no idea who would want to show up and for what reason they would want to do so – or even what good reason they would have to stay away.  My faith in mankind and determination to implement creative ways to form critical partnerships and identify the needs of those we serve was more in focus than the “what if?”, failure-bound, second-guessing position that can occasionally sneak up on people and overpower them.

I am writing this post to shine the spotlight on a remarkable cadre of people who joined us for a casual get-together that was clearly driven by openness to personal and social enrichment that Your Time For Creative Empowerment, Inc. has gained a reputation for providing. I know better than to entertain the thought that, by virtue of their association with the organization, this stellar group of people navigated the evening by giving back to us what we have given to them in the past. My educated guess is that students, parents, grandparents, grand aunts and community leaders who are on a mission, showed up to bring to the table the unique gifts they possess that they recognize are vital to the existence and good health of the organization. I thank you for being an integral part of this vision. To those well-wishers, parents and volunteers who could not join us for this family gathering, we acknowledge your importance in this equation and hope to see you soon. Thank you for your support.

 

Below are highlights of some of the lessons taught by and learned from our insightful youth at what turned out to be an evening which embodied the elements of a lesson plan for  Social Gathering 101. 

1. HARMONY– people coming together for a purpose and a reason.  Strength in life to come together for a purpose; strength to press forward; togetherness; connecting the dots (harmony-love-joy-pride, etc.). We need love to bring harmony, we need courage to go on a journey

2. JOURNEY – steps which are part of our successes and failures

3. LOVE – found in a society among each other; giving back; charity

4. JOY – people need joy; giving to the needy; giving joy to others; everything you give – — your love is joy.

5. HONOR – self respect; high self-esteem

6. SELF – self-worth; how you value yourself as a person

7. PRIDE – don’t let others knock your confidence down

 8. ENDURANCE – a lot of goals; a lot of work, projects; in bettering yourself for a purpose; not knowing where I am going; excited

 9. DETERMINATION – calls for repetition until you get perfection

10. TIME – we don’t have enough time to do all we need to do but we must make time to be with people who support us – “Putting time in perspective”

11. COURAGE – to go to school away and be by myself – To find myself; do what I have to do. “I like that word. Parents need to develop courage too.”

What a Creative Empowerment Arts Contest Donor had to say: “Your journey is about connecting the dots to a “higher being.” It’s important to be you. Your steps are woven blessings on your path; they are your stepping-stones to your future. Your journey never ends. It’s an investment in who you are and will become. Whether you are soft-spoken or out-spoken, “believe in yourself” and as a donor, I’ll believe in you and me.   -Florence Bell-

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Our Mission

Your Time For Creative Empowerment, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation that educates and empowers children, adolescents and parents of both secular and faith-based communities in the Long Island area, through the use of art, fashion and culture as mechanisms to improve interpersonal relationships; to avoid pitfalls that are unique to life in the 21st Century; and to specifically identify and effectively develop healthy problem-solving, enhance personal development and increase cultural sensitivity.

For updates on current and upcoming activities: www.creativeempowermentarts.org                                www.yourtime4liny.org

 

 

 

 

 

 

Program inspires LI kids to use the arts to deal with life’s challenges | Verizon FiOS1 News – Long Island


Thank you 2016 workshop

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What 21st Century Youth Are Thinking – Get Set Mindset Participants. See Workshop Slide Show Below 

 

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See More Empowering Moments Captured by Cameras of Caring Attendees and Volunteers.  We are Thankful for their Help 

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Lincoln University Student Presenter, Scholarship Recepient, Mr. Mel Aarons

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Ms. Marie Saint-Cyr, F.I.T. Student and YTFCE Peer Leader

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Ms. Marie Saint-Cyr, takes participants on an exciting Study Abroad Journey

2016-07-09 YTFCE Ms. Zellin Lowe

Ardent Volunteer, Ms. Zellin Lowe

Ms. Terri Hall

Yet Another Ardent Volunteer, Ms. Terri Hall

2016-07-09 Ms. Janet Gooding, Merle France and Ms. Regis Thompson-Lawrence

Dedicated to Youth Empowerment: Mrs. Janet Gooding, Ms. Merle France and Ms. Regis Thompson-Lawrence

Lunch at YTFCE Self-Empowering Workshop

We Thank our Food Donors, Panera Bread (Doherty Enterprises), Dino Pizza and Italian Restaurant and our Volunteers. We are particularly touched by the kindness of the  parent who brought in some water. Thank You!  

 

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Lunch – Compliments Panera Bread and Gino’s Pizza and Italian Restaurant

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Creative Empowerment Arts Contest $1000 College Scholarship Winner, Ms. Sage Fortune

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Youth Forum Participants listen to Malaika Foster’s winning Poem entitled  “21st Century Youth” 

 

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Mr. Joshua Garard Expresses his Views at Youth Forum

Youth Forum Participant and past contest winner, Malaika Foster

2015/16 Contest Winner, Ms. Malaika Foster Expresses her Views on Life for the 21st Century Youth

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Laughter is Good for The Soul!

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Peer Leader and College Scholarship Recipient, Ms. Nailah Garard Delivers an Empowering Message About Her College-Bound Journey

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Med Student and YTFCE Presenter shares empowering details of his journey to Medical School

College Student Presenter, Mr. Caleb Garard

Mr. Caleb Garard, our Medical Doctor of Tomorrow!

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Ms. Madona Ayorinde Branch Presents to College Students and Recent HS Grads – 11th Grade Students

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Ms. Madona Ayorinde Branch, Wellesley College Grad Discusses the Characteristics of Various Relationship Dynamics for College Success

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YTFCE 2016 Parenting Workshop facilitated by Ms. Vivienne Anderson

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Ms. Vivienne Anderson Presents to Parents at Your Time For Creative Empowerment 2016 Day of Inspiration, Empowerment and Warm Embrace

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Captivating!

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Recent High School Graduate, Ms. Nailah Garard Empowering Speech

Nailah Garard, Contest Winner and Peer Leader

Your Time For Creative Empowerment 2016 Youth Forum Participants

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L to R: Ms. Sage Fortune, Ms. Nailah Garard, Mr. Joshua Garard, and Mr. Michael Desir

2016-07-09 The Family That Works Together...

Brighter Prospects are in the Works for Familes and Communities that Work Together! With our Annual Fundraising Event around the corner, we graciously welcome your involvement in Your Time For Creative Empowerment Inc. If you cannot physically chip in your time, a donation will register your support of our mission quite well. Thank you for your consideration.

 

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I am grateful to all, who in their special ways, contributed to the success of this event.  -Madona Cole-Lacy, M.A.Ed., Founder/CEO- copyright 2016 Your Time For Creative Empowerment, Inc. All rights reserved

With Open Arms and Mind


It is with open arms and an open mind that I serve as the Founder and CEO of a non-profit that I believe has such great potential to blossom.

The key to Community service, as modeled by my parents when I was young and impressionable is unequivocal selflessness. It is not possible to effectively serve with ‘reservation’. This is where the open arms, heart and mind policy comes to play. Service- whether socially or spiritually based – I believe, should be positioned to address the needs of those who feel they can use what the provider has to offer. It should be devoid of biases, personal vendettas or anything that casts a shadow of insincerity.

It is unfortunate that what can be characterized as innate discriminatory practices, more often than not, come to play in this process and muddy things up. When the absence of open mindedness is not wreaking havoc with the obstacles and barriers that otherwise ‘well-meaning’ people place in the way of others, it is busy reinforcing the superiority complex in others who simply ‘know’ this can’t be for them even though it is this very practice of denial that has created a need for service.  This, to say the least, is not for the faint of heart. It must be emphasized here that most people who serve, do so, looking for nothing in return as they bless others with what they have been blessed with.

How does one rise above this, and continue to serve with open arms, heart and mind – even in the midst of man-made psychological hurricanes?

I will now share some of the tools I have used to navigate this self-help personal development dilemma:

  1. Introspection – a serious look into the essence of my being. Why am no I here? Where do I see myself in the bigger picture of the fabric of mankind or humanity?
  2. Commitment: How badly do I feel the need to be of service to my fellow man, knowing that I have no control over who will or will not appreciate my efforts?  How willing am I to learn new ways to handle my life so that the service I render is more complimentary rather than a distraction to me? 
  3. Determination – How strong is my desire to stay the course- no matter what or who for that matter, becomes an obstacle in my way? What would it take to derail me, if anything?
  4. Empathy: How am I doing in the unwavering love, respect, and understanding for my fellow man/woman department? How capable am I of feeling agape love, respect and compassion to the extent that I can understand and appreciate the plight of others around me? Do I have a desire to relate to others who are ‘not like me’, or am I embarking on a solely self-serving journey?  It is the “there but for the grace of God go I” reality of life that keeps one grounded and humbled enough to serve with open hands, mind and heart.

Now, for some service-related Madonarism by Madona Cole-Lacy 

“When we choose service with an open heart and mind, over the sideshows of the growth process of life, we can go to bed at the end of the day with a measure of appreciation for the true meaning of self-actualization that will lead us to a strong desire to reproduce the same in the morrow.”Madona Cole-Lacy

“The ability to empathize with others around us is the power cord upon which service with an open heart and mind is grounded. Handle this cord with care!”

It is my wish that this post, which was inspired by a WordPress One Word Prompt, will encourage others to develop their own list of self-help service-related tools. 

Your Time for Creative Empowerment is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation that educates and empowers children, adolescents and parents of both secular and faith-based communities in the Long Island area, through the use of arts, fashion and culture as mechanisms to:

* Improve interpersonal relationships* Avoid pitfalls that are unique to life in the 21st Century * Specifically identify and effectively develop healthy problem-solving* Enhance personal development and increase cultural sensitivity.

 

 

 

 

The Excitement Continues!


As the school year winds down this week after a hectic year for dedicated staff and administrators, we celebrate students who went above and beyond expectations. I say, “well done” to these students, some of whom I had the pleasure of experiencing at their Senior Awards event. It is my hope that parents, guardians and community members would take a moment to tell a student in their lives, how much they appreciate the hard work that they have put into making the year a successful one. It is easier and quite natural for the high achievers to receive compliments for obvious reasons, but let us not forget those who are striving to get there – those who also have their eyes on the prize, even though their individual life situations do not lend themselves to instant success. Such students could use some encouragement and cheerleading along the way to excellence. As I wish our youth a safe and exciting summer vacation experience, I would like to share yet another attempt at video-editing of the final 2015/16 school year Creative Empowerment Arts Scholarship presentation awarded to Visual Arts Winner Jhalisa Bayer, and Runner Up Dany Mazariegos (in absentia) of the Wyandanch Memorial High School on June 9, 2016.

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We were happy to see Melchizedek Aarons, last school year’s Geoffrey and Ivonne Canada Scholar and  Your Time For Creative Empowerment, Inc. Creative Empowerment Arts College Scholarship recipient in the music category. Mel who has just completed his freshman year at Lincoln University, will be on hand to share his expertise on how to achieve balance at college. As we further attempt to encourage dialogue amongst youth peers, we have also invited Marie Saint-Cyr, a 2014 Creative Empowerment Arts contestant, to make a presentation on what it takes to prepare for, and successfully study abroad.  Marie, who has just completed her freshman year at F.I.T was also able to navigate her way to and through a study abroad opportunity. An exciting time awaits! Here is an introduction to Marie’s Spring Semester Abroad.

I would like to conclude this post by underscoring the reason why Your Time For Creative Empowerment, Inc. was birthed. Our mission is to provide creative ways to effect youth and family empowerment in light of the challenges and pitfalls of the 21st Century. The programs and activities we offer, are designed to benefit students and families of the human race, regardless of their social or economic status. This is borne from my discovery as a licensed New York State teacher who had the privilege of demonstrating that teaching reading, writing and arithmetic is only a fraction of the task teachers are charged with doing.  Another source of inspiration is the realization that the challenges of life and pitfalls are no respecter of money or perceived racial, political and social superiority. This is enough to embolden me to ask you, the reader, and the world at large to support us and similar youth empowerment initiatives as an investment in leaders of tomorrow.

Love Notes:

Yes, multi-tasking does not afford me an opportunity to specialize in any one of the areas of the multiple hats I wear. It is my hope that my call for like-minded folks with a bit of time to spare will soon find its  way into the hearts of those who can volunteer in the video-editing area of need, as well as, other areas of need. 

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Your Time for Creative Empowerment is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation that educates and empowers children, adolescents and parents of both secular and faith-based communities in the Long Island area, through the use of  the arts, fashion and culture as mechanisms to: * Improve interpersonal relationships* Avoid pitfalls that are unique to life in the 21st Century * Specifically identify and effectively develop healthy problem-solving* Enhance personal development and increase cultural sensitivity.

 

An Exciting Time of the Year: A Time to Congratulate, Celebrate, and Reward Seniors!


At this exciting time of the year, when high school seniors are reaping the reward of their hard work, I am honored to be granted the opportunity to be in the midst of some of this excitement! Thanks to students who have responded to Your Time For Creative Empowerment’s call for the annual Creative Empowerment Arts Contest!  I also thank and commend the administrators, principals and staff of these schools for the hard work they put into organizing their respective senior award events. I have so far had the honor of making a college scholarship presentation to the following:

Nailah Garard of the Half Hollow Hills High School East

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Left to Right: Mr. James A. Lacy, Volunteer Program Director, Mrs. Madona Cole-Lacy, Founder/CEO, Creative Empowerment Arts Contest Scholarship Recipient Nailah Garard, sister, Japera, brother, Caleb (Medical Student) and proud father, Mr. Stan Garard, of the recipient of two awards that night.Creative Empowerment Arts Contest

Glorieanne Quiban of Farmingdale High School

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Your Time For Creative Empowerment Founder, Mrs. Madona Cole-Lacy acknowledges  Glorieanne Quiban for her winning entry at 2015 Fundraising gala

As I sat amongst other presenters at both awards events, I couldn’t help but feel I truly belonged there – whether or not I was scheduled to make a presentation. Our leaders of tomorrow were being acknowledged for the hard work they had put in throughout the years! Even with the impressive representation of the immediate family members, I could see how the significance of this acknowledgement spills over to the community at large, to become the business of my co-presenters who represented all facets of the community.

I must confess that, if it were possible, I would have given a hug to every one of those ACHIEVERS! I would have told them to keep their eyes trained on the prize, for the world was looking up to them for sustainability.  As I expressed my conviction that they could rise up to the occasion, I would have prayed that they would take this “random lady” seriously enough to believe it.

Glorieanne Quiban, (recipient of two awards)  and her proud mother, Ms. Sheeryn Quiban, join Founder/CEO Madona Cole-Lacy and Program Director James A. Lacy after the Farmingdale High School awards ceremony

I will now share our best attempt at video taping and editing in celebration of one of our leaders of tomorrow, Nailah Garard. I do this proudly, but with a heightened awareness of the fact that Your Time For Creative Empowerment, Inc. is in need of a volunteer professional videographer or an aspiring videographer. Contact us here.

 

Creative Empowerment Arts Contest Scholarship Presentation

 

 

Your Time for Creative Empowerment is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation that educates and empowers children, adolescents and parents of both secular and faith-based communities in the Long Island area, through the use of  the arts, fashion and culture as mechanisms to:

* Improve interpersonal relationships

* Avoid pitfalls that are unique to life in the 21st Century

* Specifically identify and effectively develop healthy problem-solving

* Enhance personal development and increase cultural sensitivity.

 

 

 

 

 

Sharing 2015 Gala Highlights and Wishes for a Bright and Prosperous New Year


Our Warmest Gratitude to all who contributed to the success of Your Time For Creative Empowerment, Inc.’s Scholarship and Fundraising Gala on Saturday, November 21, 2015.
The room was filled to capacity as parents, students, public officials, community members, honorees, their friends and families assembled at the Merrick Golf Club House to celebrate the Supportive Spirits of our honorees and the Creative Spirits the Creative Arts Contest participants. As the spirits of volunteerism and support were embraced and celebrated, so were the respective voices of Long Island’s youth through their Creatively Empowering expressions.

There  was something for everyone. The spiritually-focused who, as a rule, embrace and celebrate the uniqueness of others were well fed, as was the curiosity of the creative-minded! Warm gratitude must be extended to County Executive Mangano for recognizing our honorees with a citation presented to them on his behalf by his Deputy County Executive, Dr. Phillip Elliott, who in the capacity of an ordained minister, offered the invocation for the evening. Also on hand with citations, was Councilwoman Viviana Russell of the Town of North Hempstead. Town of Hempstead Councilwoman, Dorothy Goosby, provided a creatively designed citation to the organization which was very much in line with the waFON_0486 (2)y we encourage our youth to use their talents to meaningfully express themselves. We thank the Town of Hempstead Parks and Recreation Department for graciously hosting us, and appreciate the unwavering support and involvement of community organizations, businesses and individuals who stood out this time.

Thank you is in order to Mr. and Mrs. Desmond Morrison and Ms. Geraldine Gooding for traveling all the way from Maryland to support us, the Art League of Long Island, Colonial Flower Shop, and Havana Central. A special thank you goes out to our honorees (E. Vivienne Anderson, Florence Bell, Dr. John Clarke, Marjorie Whigham-Desir, Michael Desir, Alicia Figueras, Presiding Officer Duwayne Gregory, Terri Hall, Gail King, Zellin Lowe, Diane Lucas, Esq., Anita Marco, Felicia Serrette, Dr. Lizette Wright-Polk), without whom the evening would simply not have materialized had they not accepted our request to honor them for the role they have played in our quest to empower and embrace 21st Century youth in our own unique way. Ms. Cognac Wellerlane’s role in providing media coverage for the event has not been taken lightly, and neither has the task of our professional photographer, Frank FON_0518B (2)Fontana of Fontana Studios in Merrick, the Print Cafe of Lynbrook for our printing needs, Tim Dorsey for providing music and Florence Bell for the beautifully set tables. Special thanks also are expressed to Mrs. Janet Gooding and Claudestine Williams-Tucker for their volunteer and community service assistance respectively with preparations for the event, and to Peer Leader Marie Saint-Cyr for gracing the event with her refreshing art work and for taking on the responsibility of greeting our guests at the registration table, Evynn McFall for onsite coordination, and last but by no means least, our Masters of Ceremony Shelly Cohen and Gregory Singer for their role in moving the program along.

Rumor has it that the multi-ethnic culinary delights were well received by our guests! Bravo to all who came on board to make this happen, including The Island By The Sea Jamaican Restaurant of 300 Wellwood Avenue, Freeport, New York – our Primary Restaurant Food Sponsor. Havana Central from Roosevelt Field, the Imperial Diner of Merrick Road, Freeport, New York; and Ayhan’s Mediterranean Restaurant on Sunrise Highway in Baldwin also consented to participate. The labor of love of volunteers who prepared Sierra Leonean, Dominican and Southern culinary delights will never be forgotten. We are truly grateful for their help.

The stage was set, and the message was clear as Malachi Aarons join his brother Melchizedek Aarons (our 12 gradeFON_0516 (2) category 2014/15 Creative Empowerment Arts Contest Winner) to creatively express the art of collaboration through the saxophone and keyboard; Sisters, Brianna and Jasmine Gobourne, ministered in dance to honor their grandmother; the volunteer mother and son team of Marjorie Desir and Michael Desir that brought to light the axiom “if you show them, they will learn”. Also featured were the expressions of Contest first runner up, Glorieanne Quiban, who expressed her concern for the 21st century youth though her “Fighting for the Same Thing Now and Then” digital illustration which illustrates how nothing has changed since the 60’s when Black folks fought for their civil rights; and Malaika foster, who in poem, told us how the world we create affects her and her peers in a manner that calls for change through self-empowerment. The visual art work “Deja Vu” of Dany Mazariegos symbolizes hope and faith – “the ability to persevere in the outside world’s negativity.” On her topic of choice, “The Broken Self Esteem”, the voice of Jhalisa Bayer was heard loudly and clearly through the summary of her winning entry in the visual arts category in which she talks about the damaging effects of the broken self esteem.                                                          FON_0523

The 2014/15 Creative Empowerment winners are as follows: Malaika Foster – Elmont Memorial High School, 10th Grade Winner (Poem) ~ Jhalisa Bayer – Wyandanch Memorial High School, 11th Grade -Visual Arts Winner: pen, broken mirror pieces, hot glue, acrylic ~ Glorieanne Quiban – Farmingdale High School, 11th Grade – Visual Arts Runner Up: Digital Illustration ~ Dany Mazariegos – Wyandanch Memorial High School, 11th Grade -Visual Arts 2nd Runner Up: Drawing ~ Melchizedek Aarons – Wyandanch High School Graduate 12th Grade Winner – Music: Jazz – Saxophone.

The evening wrapped up with a “surprise” presentation to Mr. James Lacy, the organization’s Program Director. The well-deserved Lifetime Achievement Supporter-In-Chief Integrity Award was presented to him as he was ministered to in dance and poetry by Liturgical Dancer Florence Bell in a public acknowledgement of the extraordinary support he has offered the organization in good health as well as in the wake of health challenges that take “in sickness and in health” to a whole new level.

 

Our Mission

Your Time for Creative Empowerment is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation that educates and empowers children, adolescents and parents of both secular and faith-based communities in the Long Island area, through the use of the arts, fashion and culture as mechanisms to:

* Improve interpersonal relationships
* Avoid pitfalls that are unique to life in the 21st Century
* Specifically identify and effectively develop healthy problem-solving
* Enhance personal development and increase cultural sensitivity.