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Program inspires LI kids to use the arts to deal with life’s challenges

The 'Creative Empowerment' non-profit looks to encourage attendees to deal with life's challenges using a variety of arts

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Creative Empowerment, Inc. is a non-profit organization started by former New York City schoolteacher Madonna Cole-Lacy. The program’s mission is to inspire young people to use the arts to deal with life’s challenges.

Cole-Lacy says that message is especially important now, in the aftermath of recent violence and issues of race in the nation.

In a workshop held Saturday, area youth heard career advice from Dr. Torian Easterling, Assistant Commissioner of the Brooklyn Public Health Office and Diane Lucas, Assistant Attorney General of the New York State Attorney General’s office. Cole-Lacy also encouraged attendees to communicate through a variety of arts and expression.

“We show them how to channel their thought process, so that they can be a part of the solution,” Cole-Lacy said.

The program is open to area youth in grades 8 to 12. Cole-Lacy also says she is looking for volunteers and speakers in a variety of career fields.

For more information, visit creativeempowermentarts.org

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