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Arts * Fashion * Culture and Creative Counseling as an out-of-the-box approach to Youth and Family Empowerment for the Successful Navigation of 21st Century Life Challenges & Pitfalls   
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Spotlight On Devon Harris

by Madona Cole-Lacy on 06/24/13

Congratulations to Devon Harris, motivational speaker, author and founder of the Keep On Pushing Foundation, on being honored for his community service by New York’s Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano at the Caribbean American Festival on Saturday, June 15, 2013. 

Mr. Harris also of Jamaican Bobsled fame, has for the past two years been an avid supporter of Long Island’s non-profit, Your Time For Creative Empowerment, Inc. and the My Time Has Come Program.   These long island based programs have been served well by Mr. Harris' captivating and spirited motivational presentations to parents and youth.  



Also honored were:      

Mr. Ron Clahar - Principal of Pat -Kam School and Early Childhood Center

 Ms. Lorna Lewis - Superintendent of the Plainview Old Bethpage CSD & Adjunct Professor at Hofstra University

 Mr. Lennox O. Price - Consul General of Barbados to New York.

We congratulate all of these honorees for the exemplary work they are doing in their respective fields.

Your Time For Creative Empowerment, Inc. engages in activities designed to empower youth & families by providing tools for handling the challenges and pitfalls of life in the 21st Century; through the use of the arts, fashion and culture alongside creative personal development and behavioral modalities. 

My Time Has Come Program is an art-related cultural and social enrichment enterprise which offers workshops to teachers, students and community organizations. My Time Has Come Program promotes tolerance to racial, cultural, ethnic and generational differences; fosters a sense of belonging, accomplishment and pride gained from the creation of well executed culturally inspired works of art; and develops skills in the use of hand-crafted textile designs and contemporary, and multi-cultural visual arts techniques.

 Author: Madona Cole-Lacy, MA Ed.

 Founder: Your Time For Creative Empowerment, Inc.

 Program Director/ Facilitator: My Time Has Come Program



Kudos to Long Island inductees into the National Achievers Society

by Madona Cole-Lacy on 06/22/13

Some of the Brightest and Best  students from a total of 15 long Island area schools, were inducted into the National Achievers  Society  at the Huntington Hilton on Saturday, June 8, 2013.  Thanks to the Urban League of  Long Island Young Professionals for spearheading this annual event and giving Long Islanders the opportunity to sponsor hard-working students from grades 3 through 12 for induction into the National Achievers Society.  Congratulations to all inductees, their parent, guardians and teachers!                                              

With so many unsung achievers in communities throughout the country, it is incumbent on local and national organizations, as well as individuals, to take full advantage of this and similar opportunities to formally acknowledge and celebrate the achievement of our youth by sponsoring them for induction. 

A special acknowledgement goes to the following inductees who participated in the 3rd Annual Self-Empowering Workshop for College Bound  9-12th Grade Students and their Parents, hosted by Your Time For Creative Empowerment, Inc. in April 2013. 


In Praise Of The Collective Dots of Kind-Heartedness

by Madona Cole-Lacy on 06/11/13

 Our free self-empowering workshop series for high school students and their parents went without a hitch due to the collaborative spirit and work behind the scenes of some, in an attempt to get others to experience the excitement of our brand of college survival and high school success prep.

We thank our sponsors, volunteers and Resource Persons for believing in us. It was the recruitment process that turned out to be the ultimate eye-opener with lots of extra mural education for the fabric of our lives. Caring people helped us reach out to the audience for whom our carefully packaged gifts had been prepared. Please read on for snippets on the nature of the support we received.


               When transportation became an issue, and our efforts to court a local bus company failed, plans were put in place to solve that problem. We want to thank a selfless and good-natured public official who spearheaded such a move.

               Some placed our flyer on their websites while others worked at forwarding our emails to people on their contact list. We are grateful for the invitation to an advisory board meeting and a school college fair.
               Announcements were made in churches and one pastor made attempts at a collaborative effort by referring us to his youth ministry, a clear indication that he practices what he preaches. We celebrate his supportive spirit and pray that his congregants will forever be "infected" by his spirit of collaboration and kindness.
               Our flyers were welcomed at libraries, and information shared on websites including one art organization’s website whose director was interested enough to oblige valuable pointers.
              We witnessed leadership at play, when a school superintendent made time to meet with us for a meaningful conversation. What a blessing this leader is to his administrative staff and students!

               We are grateful for the graciousness and benevolence of Molly College, for providing workshop space for three years in a row.   
               When it became necessary to do a second day of programming, an 'angel volunteer' picked up the tab - leaving us speechless.

               Some sponsors provided nourishment and quenched the thirst of our participants. One provided breakfast and lunch two years in a row, in addition to snacks and space for our meetings. The other provided lunch on two occasions. Our beverage needs were taken care of by another sponsor for the past two years.
               What would our goodie bags have looked like without the variety of meaningful items donated by four of our sponsors? A discounted shopping event  accompanied by coupons from a sponsor of three years is in the mix. 

               Some took journal ads and made financial contributions. The media outlets made public service announcements. Promotional materials would have been prohibitive at full cost, without the benevolence of our promotional materials sponsor. 
We are grateful as we humbly acknowledge the specialness of our supporters. We are happy to tell the whole wide world about this category of exemplary people whose contributions, kindness and selflessness are the dots that make us declare with confidence, that we are well on our way.  Meet the rest of the family  

A truly enlightening and empowering experience as we shared the joys of those who were able to deliver, and the disappointments of others who tried to deliver, but were unsuccessful in doing so this time!

Please share with us the praises of the connective dots of kind-heartedness in your life.

College Bound Highlights For Saturday, April 27

by Madona Cole-Lacy on 04/23/13

A Creative Take! - Author: Florence Bell

by Madona Cole-Lacy on 04/23/13

Saturday's event echoed my words, "Come dance with me and I will make you Fishers of Men."

I saw them wonder.
I saw their flicker of anticipation.
I saw their shadows fade.
Their opened minds,
Freedom of speech.

I saw them - comfortable within themselves,
Relaxed in their huddles.
They spoke of the "who" they could become.
They focused on self, their awakening.
And wowed themselves by discovering
That yes, there were gifts sealed within.

Yes, they could ignite the spark,
Yes, they could take flight,
Yes, they could become...................

F. Bell (4/22/13)

College-Bound 9th and 10th Grade Students Need Empowerment Too!

by Madona Cole-Lacy on 04/04/13

Good news!

We have tailored our college-bound initiative to accommodate 9th and 10th grade students, as well as high school juniors and seniors.

Registration is now open to 9th through 12th grade students, their parents, teachers and guardians

Register NOW   

 Call (516) 783-9178

Our nonprofit is able to offer this program at   no cost to the participants as a result of the benevolence of individuals, local businesses and corporations. Thank you so much for your involvement.

2013 College-Bound Workshop Series  Sponsors (Partial List)

Adelphi University 

Panera Bread 

Molloy College 

Ms. Florence Bell 

Bed Bath Beyond 

Subway Restaurant 


Clarke Multimedia, Inc. 

CTown, Uniondale  

Madona Cole Originals 

My Time Has Come Program  

Verizon Wireless-Preferred Wireless        

TD Bank, Wantagh

Citibank, Wantagh 


Empowerment: Your Role - Our Role

by Madona Cole-Lacy on 03/28/13

Those who are lifting the world upward and onward are those who encourage more than criticize."
- Elizabeth Harrison

If you are reading this post, I have no doubt that you are one with a "lifting the world upward and onward" mindset.

          How do you see yourself contributing to the success of our initiative to
                                         empower our youth and parents?

Perhaps you are effective at reaching out to the core group who will benefit from this event.

You might even possess exceptional persuasive skills you could put in action  to convince a child or grandchild of the benefits they will reap by participating in our FREE student-led and caring experts-guided, Self-Empowering Workshop.

You might know or be the parent of a scholarly high school or college student whose involvement will be priceless to their peers.

You might have some innovative thoughts that are geared towards addressing  the needs of the student population in your community that we invite you     to share with us.

You might be one or have a direct line of communication with the "movers and shakers" of Long Island and beyond.

It is your time to join Your Time For Creative Empowerment, Inc., and play a role in the crucial Social Aspect of College Prep

We are looking forward to hearing from you.

Spotlight: An Acknowledgment of our volunteers, resource persons and supporters

by Madona Cole-Lacy on 03/15/13

"Alone we can do little; together we can do so much"


It is only fair that the first SPOTLIGHT be shined on a group of people who, because of their desire to make a difference in the lives of our youth and families on Long Island, navigated their very busy schedules to attend the first Your Time For Creative Empowerment, Inc. orientation and planning meeting on January 23, 2013.

We have had five face-to-face meetings and a couple of teleconference meetings since then, to make plans for our upcoming events.  Thank you for recognizing and demonstrating your importance in this resolve to work collaboratively, towards addressing some of the burning social and personal development issues we face today. 

Our prospective Board Members have been busy too, working behind the scenes. We thank them.

          A big thank you goes to Panera Bread for providing culinary delights and a meeting room for us.

Thank you also goes to the East Meadow Public Library for making their conference room available to us for one of our meetings.


  ...And Staples of Westbury,

as always, you are simply the BEST! 


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