"Our philosophy for the most part, is centered around the relationship between society and the youth we are charged with empowering to take our place when we are gone. It is about how we can ignite this love affair in creative ways that are relevant to life in the 21st Century."
- Madona Cole-Lacy, Founder/ CEO -
We believe that assisting youth and parents in practicing creative ways of identifying, developing, and creating self-help solutions to relevant issues that affect them, will result in improvement in the areas of personal development, multicultural and social acceptance/tolerance.
We believe that the task at hand calls for solutions that are not ordinarily thought of as viable and effective by others outside the area of the arts.
As artists, we are forever taking on challenges as we create something out of nothing, as we seize upon opportunities to create the tangible and aesthetic which even though not, preconceived, takes its rightful place in this world.
We neither entertain nor tolerate the term 'obstacle' in our lexicon of life.
We see opportunities we can build from, not obstacles that are meant to keep us down.
We believe in and value the idea of working collaboratively with teaching artists and other professionals and experts to provide arts-centered solutions to life's problems.
We are excited to work with all people who can benefit from our programs regardless of race, color, creed or socioeconomic status.
We strongly believe that challenges do not discriminate and as such, the resulting problems and difficulties do not discriminate when it comes to whose doorstep on which to land! When we fail to join forces and address issues that plague mankind, society and humanity ends up suffering a deterioration of its social, economic and moral structure.
Your Time for Creative Empowerment is a 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 art, 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.