Your Time for Creative Empowerment, Inc.

Arts , Fashion, Culture as Solutions to 21st Century Life Challenges and Pitfalls

Wantagh, NY   |  www.yourtime4liny.org

Mission

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; to avoid pitfalls that are unique to life in the 21st Century; and to specifically identify and effectively develop healthy problem-solving, enhance personal development and increase cultural sensitivity.

Ruling year info

2015

CEO

Mrs. Madona Catherine Cole-Lacy

Main address

2871 Saw Mill Rd

Wantagh, NY 11793 USA

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EIN

80-0843278

NTEE code info

Arts, Cultural Organizations - Multipurpose (A20)

Other Youth Development N.E.C. (O99)

Arts, Cultural Organizations - Multipurpose (A20)

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990-N.

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

a. To assist youth and parents in practicing creative ways of identifying, developing, and creating self-help solutions to relevant issues that affect them in order to bring about improvement in the areas of personal development, and multicultural and social acceptance/tolerance. b.To provide creative tools for parents to develop and foster healthy relationship dynamic with 21st Century youth c. To introduce the benefits that the mindset of artists - taking on challenges to create something out of nothing, and seizing upon opportunities to create the tangible and aesthetic which, even though not preconceived, takes its rightful place in this world. d. For youth to see how easy it is to motivate and empower themselves as they navigate the challenges of life at school, college and in the communities with the use of resources that are readily available to them - particularly in light of the availability of technology which, more often than no,t is misused and abused.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Self-Empowering Workshop For College-Bound Students and Their Parents

The Self-Empowering Workshop for High School and Junior High School students as well as their Parents, is offered at no cost to address a need for heightened awareness, understanding and to provide creative tools for the navigation of the many challenges which can interfere with college success.

Among the challenges this workshop covers are: issues regarding separation from home, time management, money management, values, peer relationships, internet safety, study habits, alcohol, drugs and sex.

With the help of Resource Persons from various professional backgrounds who are dedicated to making a difference in the lives of our youth on Long Island, our goal is to: reduce the stresses of college life for students, set the stage for academic excellence and decrease the potential for college failure and/or drop-out. This Self-Empowering workshop also places 6th through 10th grade students in the Get Set Mindset for school success with relevant tools that are age and grade appropriate.

Students get to discuss issues related to school and college life as well as self-improvement and personal development concepts. These concepts will be reinforced through students' participation in art activities.

Breakfast and lunch will be served.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Families

An annual Creative Empowerment Arts Contest is conducted for Long Island's high school students with the goal of boosting participants' self-esteem, raising awareness within the community of the important role that the arts play in the well-being of its residents, and promoting Your Time For Creative Empowerment, Inc. programs. Students creatively express their feelings about life in the 21st Century in their Contest entry, and the 11th and 12th grade winners are awarded a $1000 scholarship for college. 9th and 10th grade winners receive $500 and 7th and 8th grade winners receive $150 to set up a club or support group at their school, or they can reserve the award to apply to their tuition when they enter college. Arrangements are made for public exhibition of the arts expressions, and participants and winners are featured on the Contest's dedicated website.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Families


Our Your Time For Community Networking Soiree is an opportunity for Long Island's middle school high school students as well as current college-bound high school graduates and current college students to experience an inter-generational 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.

This event, not unlike our Self-Empowering Workshop Series which we offer on an annual basis, subscribes to, in an age appropriate manner, the needs expressed by students and their parents for tools that would heighten awareness, and create solutions as they navigate the many challenges which can interfere with school and college success. These challenges include: concerns about navigating the high school culture, internet and social media, issues regarding separation from home, time management, money management, values, peer pressure, peer relationships, study habits, alcohol, drugs and sex.

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: youth-led discussion forum,
Creative Empowerment Arts Exhibit, refreshments, and giveaways

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of suppliers with whom the SME/Coop/Enterprise has an agreement, contract, or ongoing business relationship as a result of the nonprofit's efforts

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults, Adolescents

Related Program

Self-Empowering Workshop For College-Bound Students and Their Parents

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

The goals of Your Time For Creative Empowerment, Inc. are to: 1. Introduce the arts, fashion and culture as wildly used vehicles through which parents, community members and youth can create solutions to life's challenges and pitfalls. 2.Foster parent-child and intergenerational relationships. 3.Unite communities by providing tools for youth involvement. 4.Provide self-help solutions for personal development and social relationships. 5.Reduce the stress of college life for students, and to set the stage for academic excellence. 6.Decrease the potential for high school and college failure and/or drop-out. 7.Empower children, adolescents and parents. 8. Increase the potential for youth and family on-going participation in programs and activities.

1.Collaborate with professionals in the arts, fashion and culture fields to illustrate the effectiveness of these 'tools' as solutions for 21st Century life challenges and pitfalls 2.Work collaboratively with teaching artists, human service professionals and experts to create and provide arts-centered solutions templates that are specific to life's challenges today.
3. Develop opportunities for youth to creatively express themselves through the depiction of themes that can serve as inspiration for discussion of issues impacting upon youth and families 4. Recruit volunteer Resource Persons from various professional backgrounds to engage youth in open, honest non-judgmental conversations regarding life success strategies. 5. Partner with schools, churches, community organizations through the recruitment of volunteer representatives who will effectively introduce the mission of our organization as an enhancement to their constituents; regardless of race, creed, socioeconomic status or religious persuasion.

The CEO and the recently deceased James Lacy, who as Program Director, developed effective templates from a wealth of professional and personal experiences in the area of effective human services, program administration, mental health, art and the education.
This and a network of individuals obtained as a result of their exceptional collaborative skills to connect with other qualified and experienced members of the Long Island community will continue to make a big difference to meeting the goals. We will also seek to introduce on a regular basis, our work and mission to like-minded individuals who can be supportive of our vision. We will also collaborate with other community organizations who work with youth and/or parents, continue to strengthen our bond with local businesses, schools, libraries, banks, colleges who can bring their unique talents and gifts to the table.

The CEO has extensive experience as a visual artist who specializes in creating artistic solutions with her brand of art, which in her experience as a NY State certified teacher and a current Long Island Teaching Artist, she has used as a tool to motivate and empower numerous students. Her unique ability to combine art, fashion, the awareness of cultural diversity and personal development to maximize the potential of youth for success within the social, educational and cultural sphere while engaging parents and the community, is one from which many students and teachers have benefited.

The organization is in the process of searching for a program director whose credentials will match that of Mr. James Lacy’s who had many years of experience in program development and management, and served as Program Director of several human services programs and as Executive Director of a major multi-million dollar community action agency.









The outcome of our major activities and events have been quite encouraging in the following ways: 14 students from school districts across Long Island participated in our first (2014/15) Creative Empowerment Arts Contest. Their creative arts expressions clearly reflected that they all understood the use of the arts as a mechanism for communication, and for raising their awareness of and developing solutions for the issues that impact their lives in the 21st Century. To date $12,000 in scholarships have been awarded to the Contest winners! Our Free annual Self-Empowering Workshop for College Bound High School Students & Their Parents, and our Community Networking Soirée events have been attended thus far by approximately 300 youth, parents and volunteer resource persons from the business and professional community. Positive feedback on their impressions of the quality and value of the Your Time For Creative Empowerment experience. These activities have provided mechanisms for youth involvement that unites communities; and have included open and honest conversations between youth, parents, resource persons and community role models that engender self-help solutions for personal development and social relationships. we have provided tools for stress reduction of college life for students, and set the stage for academic excellence.

The support of community businesses and organizations such as Panera Bread, the Art League of Long Island, Noodles and Company, TD Bank, Citibank, Dunkin' Donuts, Bed, Bath and Beyond, Staples and C-Town Supermarket, to name a few, has help us tremendously. We are still working on making Your Time For Creative Empowerment, Inc. a household name. The relationship we have established with Molloy College is one we strive for with other area colleges and school districts. We are actively working at establishing partnership with other community organizations in Nassau County as well as, Suffolk County.Thus far we have been able to prepare high school students to effectively deal with the social aspect of high school and college life and its pitfalls through our Self-Empowering Workshop, Community Networking Soiree and Creative Arts Contest. This has been accomplished through the participation of community volunteers, fundraising activities and in-kind contributions from the Founder, Program Director, and the above mentioned local businesses. Now that we have acquired our 501(c)(3) status, we have plans to attract funders to supplement these programs, and give us the financial backing to effectively implement other programs that address issues such as self-esteem, parenting skills, interpersonal relationships and social media pitfalls. The Board of Directors has not yet been able to formerly put in place the administrative staff for the organization due to lack of funds. Thus far, time for administrative functions has been donated by the Founder/CEO and Program Director.

Financials

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Your Time for Creative Empowerment, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 8/2/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mrs. Madona Cole-Lacy

E Saunder

Geralding Gooding

Sandra Morris

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 07/20/2021

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Black/African American/African
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability