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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     

"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 -

"Life beats down and crushes the soul and art reminds you that you have one." -Stella Adler- 

"​Art is a shadow of what a person is thinking. ..     a small glimpse of what they hold inside. Little secrets, regrets, joys...every line has its own meaning."                                
  -Sarah- Los Cerros Middle School, 1999-



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

With the submission deadline fast approaching, I look forward with great anticipation to increased participation in our creative Empowerment Arts Contest for the 2015/16 school year. 
Our organization has been in contact with the administrative staff of schools of our current winners who have invited us to make presentations to our winners at their end of year Award Ceremony.  

​It is with great excitement that I announce the following upcoming events: 

*Community Networking Soiree scheduled for May 7, 2016 

*Self-Empowering workshop for College-Bound Students and Get Set Mindset for 8th, 9th and 10th Students scheduled for July 9th 2016.
 Registration is now open for both events.

Kind regards,

Madona Cole-Lacy


Financial Support & In kind  Donations 

Funding makes it possible for us to offer more quality programs at no or minimal cost to Long Island youth, families and communities. Donation of goods and professional services is invaluable.

"Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much." -Helen Keller-


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.

We value your participation as a supporter, or as one who receives benefits from our programs and activities.

We welcome all the help we can get in promoting the programs and activities of Your Time For Creative Empowerment, Inc. more

Congratulations to our 2014/15 
Creative Empowerment Arts Contest Winners!

A Call for Annual Awards Nominations 
will be made soon.

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 Runner Up: Drawing

Melchizedek Aarons - Wyandanch High School Graduate, 12th Grade Winner - Music: Jazz – Saxophone 
(Click on each name to learn more)

Click for arts gallery of previous winners and contestants
Upcoming Events

Capital One Bank, a leading provider of a broad array of financial products and services to consumers, small businesses and commercial clients and proponent of building strong and healthy communities is giving back to the community with a donation of $2500.00 to Your Time For Creative Empowerment, Inc.

Your Time For Creative Empowerment, Inc. was founded in August 2012, and has offered programs to Long Island’s youth and families that prepare them for the social aspect of college readiness, and increase their ability to navigate the challenges and pitfalls of life by using innovative methods that incorporate the arts, fashion and culture.........more......

" Your Time For Creative Empowerment Inc. is in place to creatively empower youth and families with tools that foster social enrichment and engender empowerment to all; regardless of race, creed, socioeconomic status or physical impairment. This is why we value community support, and leave our doors wide open to parents, schools, local businesses and professionals who want to partner with us to provide this much needed investment in the future of our youth. "
  - Madona Cole-Lacy, M.A.Ed. - Founder/CEO

Shining the Spotlight on Capital One Bank
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