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.
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.
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.