Since I haven’t quite decided on a suitable term to adequately capture how I feel, I will settle for one that conveys the most predominant feeling right now. It is with humility that I embrace this time of my life, to reconnect with the world, and make a deliberate and significant stride toward normalcy since the recent passing of my father. As one who prides herself on being a perpetual student of life’s lessons, I must acknowledge a major loss such as this, as one which I have also viewed within the context of the psyche of Family Adult Caregivers around the world. I share your loss and feel your pain, even as I ‘hear’ my Papa urging me to keep the ball rolling, and to never lose sight of my goal! The drive to keep going should never leave us! I, not unlike a host of other adult children of the recently departed, have a lot to be thankful for when I take stock of the rich legacy my father left behind, not just for me, but for many others around the world. I feel ever so blessed!
Getting Back On Track
With the support of my Board, Program Director, Volunteers and Well-Wishers; I am looking forward to the upcoming Your Time For Community Networking Soiree – an opportunity for Long Island’s high school students, as well as current college-bound high school graduates, to experience an intergenerational professional and social relationship with a diverse pool of male and female community role models representing the arts, business & and professional world, academia, human services and local politics.
All Participants can look forward to interacting with an impressive line-up of motivational presenters and Resource Persons which includes current college students, professors, medical doctors, community activists and faith based leaders, mental health practitioners, and public officials – all of whom care about the well-being and academic success of our youth.
Other highlights include: lunch, entertainment, high tea, beauty and heath activities, giveaways and more!
If you have a burning desire to touch the lives of our youth in a special way, and would like to be a part of this initiative, kindly contact us.
For more details please visit our website: www.yourtime4liny.org
You may have heard about Your Time For Creative Empowerment, Inc. and asked what they were all about. You have a chance to find out by attending their first major fundraising gala and wearable art presentation.
Your Time For Creative Empowerment, Inc., a New York State registered non-profit organization, will launch its 1st major fundraising gala, on Wednesday, October 30, 2013, at Leonard’s of Great Neck, 555 Northern Blvd., Great Neck, New York. As part of the activities of the evening, awards will be presented to: Professor Dale Flashner, of Adelphi University and originator of ‘Creative Cups’ * Madeline Quintyne, Commissioner of Human Services of the Town of Babylon * Rev. Patrick Daymond, Senior Pastor of Memorial Presbyterian Church and originator of the “Barbershop Rap Mentoring Program” * Don Ryan, Village of Hempstead Trustee who coaches basketball teams for Hempstead Dons, Inc. * Margarita Grasing, Executive Director of Hispanic Brotherhood of Rockville Centre with over 34 years of service to the Hispanic community of Long Island * Posthumously, Dr. Gary Rachlin, who at the time of death, was the Director of Medical Education and Family Practice Residency Program at North shore Plainview Hospital and Director of Advanced Family Medicine, Bethpage as well as an avid supporter of community initiatives for Long Island’s youth.
Other highlights include: showcasing the creative talent of Long Island’s youth, a wearable art presentation by Madona Cole Originals, cocktail hour live music by Jim Lacy and guests, raffles, door prizes.
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 and communities.
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, 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
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.
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.
The last in a series of two self-empowering workshops for college bound high school
students will take place on Saturday, April 27, 2013 from 8 :30 A.M to 2:30 P.M.
at Molloy College, Kellenberg Building, 1000 Hempstead Avenue, Rockville Centre.
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)
“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.
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 into 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.