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Arts * Fashion * Culture as Solutions for 21st Century Life Challenges & Pitfalls   
Long Island's culturally competent non-profit organization effecting self-help solutions for work * school * home and play  


  Copyright 2012      Your Time For Creative Empowerment, Inc.         All Rights Reserved         Design: Madona Cole-Lacy Long Island, New York     

Spring 2017 is full of potential- and so are you! 
Join us as we enter into the fifth year of Self-Empowering Workshop for College-Bound High and Junior High School Students and their parents on Saturday July 8, 2017. 
We look forward to preparing our college-bound youth – and their parents - for a successful college career by collaboratively discussing and working through the often overlooked social aspects of college readiness, as well as, the academic and financial preparedness for navigating those 4 years. 

Get ready to deep dive into targeted discussion-based problem-solving and strategy-building designed to arm our youth and ourselves to better take advantage of the many resources available to our sons and daughters as they embark on this new chapter of their lives, whether that new chapter be their high school years or their college career. 

While 11th and 12th grade students will be counseled and guided on how to best position themselves for a successful college experience; 8th, 9th, and 10th grade students will focus on making the most of their high school careers and beginning the work of looking forward to and planning for life beyond graduation through participation in our Get Set Mindset Workshop. Finally, our parents can look forward to receiving practical insights on how to partner with the children in their lives as they navigate 21st Century life.

Our Sponsor, Molloy College, will play an active role in providing resources on college financing, addressing scholarships that they offer and much more! More details will be announced soon.

Finally, we are more than happy to continue to accept sponsors, resource persons, and other volunteers interested in making a positive impact in the lives of our youth. For those interested, feel free to Contact us 

Kind regards,

Madona Cole-Lacy

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"We introduce the unique qualities and approaches of the visual, literary and performing artist as viable problem-solving and personal development enhancement tools.

We awaken "the artist" in all people as they develop problem solving skills of their own through the vehicle of the arts, fashion and culture."           -Madona Cole-Lacy -



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.

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This organization has a Gold level GuideStar Nonprofit Profile, demonstrating its commitment to transparency.

We are proud of these students who brought together not only creative talent, but also depth of thought, resulting in such beautiful work that is of relevance to 21st Century life as they know it! 

First Place:$1000.00 College Scholarship

Ashley Burbano
School: Farmingdale High School
Title: Silent Syrian Crisis
Medium: Painting 

It is a tie that we don't want to break for these equally compelling submissions! 
The following 12th grade students will each receive a $500.00 college scholarship.

Pierrelande Saint Cyr
School: Wyandanch Memorial High School
Title: I am who I am
Medium: Poem

Urooba Abid
School: Farmingdale High School
Title: Slaves to the System
Medium: Painting

Briana Gobourne
School: Half Hollow Hills High School West
Title: Closer to My Dreams
Medium: Dance

We are Pleased to announce the winners of our 2016/17 Creative Empowerment Arts Contest. Our theme for this contest which was open to 8th - 12th grade students - Our Hopes, Our Dreams, Our Fears, Our Solutions - was impressively explored by 12th grade students who dug deep within themselves to find ways to bring our theme to life.