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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Children & Youth, Children & Youth Services, Education, Educational Services, Elementary & Secondary Schools, Literacy, Youth Development Programs

Mission: To help develop self-confident future leaders through programs aimed at broadening their perspectives while ensuring they are financially savvy and effective communicators

Results: * IT'S TIME Middle School Students Speak Out About Haiti * Received the full support of DC Councilmember, Ward 5 Harry Thomas Jr. * Zalenda Cyrille, Director of Operations, was presented the Rising Heroine Award at the Women in Technology (WIT) and the March of Dimes 2009 Heroines in Technology Gala because she exemplified volunteerism in the community and has made a significant impact in a relatively short amount of time in her career

Target demographics: Middle School Students

Programs: Financial Literacy: We believe IT'S TIME we get started early with financial education. Our Financial Literacy program explores investment concepts in a fun and exciting way. We believe children learn best when they are active participants in the classroom. Our curriculum structure facilitates students gaining hands-on experience with investment fundamentals. Upon completing the program, our students will understand day-to-day financial matters and begin to understand the workings of basic economic principles. Speak Up: There are few professions where the star performers are not required to speak in front of large groups or make important presentations. Our oratory program prepares our students with communication skills now so that they may apply these critical behaviors both academically and professionally in the future. IT’S TIME to start teaching young people how to present and market their abilities. Each week we tackle a different oratory skill utilizing methods ranging from debating key issues to reciting famous works of poetry. With practice and recital, students will become more confident in their abilities to communicate effectively. Inspiration: Our Power Lunch series is the cornerstone of our program offerings. At the start of the program, all students are required to write a brief essay as to their career preferences; those responses are given priority consideration in the selection of guest speakers. In an effort to expand their aspirations and make their dreams more tangible, the program provides for weekly interaction with people from varied professions.

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Community Stories

31 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

Educating the youth of America is crucial if America is to maintain its position as a leader of the free world. An organization, such as, ITS TIME continue to play a critical role in educating inner city and disadvantaged youth. In this middle school environment, disadvantaged youth are given the opportunity to develop skills that are pivotal in the development of their full potential.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 3

I hope that interest in this project grows each day since it is very important that middle school chidren participate in helping others therfore developing as citizens of the world.

Donor

Rating: 5

The society around us seems to be in a state of upheaval. Knowing that an organization such as IT'S TIME is reaching out to help our youth, makes me feel more at ease concerning our future as a society and nation. Helping the young to understand aspects of their surroundings (which we adults take for granted, and therefore many times neglect to pass on knowledge gained) will help to create a better country. IT'S TIME for IT'S TIME

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

IT'S TIME is an organization that is worth everyone's time and attention. Education is the key to opening so many doors of opportunity on the road to success. Our children benefit greatly from this wonderful charity. I give my total support. Much praise to all the exceptional people involved in this program.

Donor

Rating: 5

IT’S TIME is an organization whose mission is extremely important. I champion its efforts whole heartily. Its vision of developing inner city youngster who through their mastering of communications skills, understanding of financial instruments and career guidance will become leaders within their communities requires unbelievable commitment, resourcefulness and skill. Many inner city schools are faced with daunting situations that makes maintaining quality education quite a challenge. Organizations like IT’S TIME which focuses on the basic underpinnings of what it takes to make our young people confident, inquisitive, capable and competitive makes that effort more manageable. The professionalism and focus which emanates from its operation and the response and enthusiasm of its student is quite remarkable. The role of IT’S TIME within the Washington DC community is potentially one of the most significant adjunct to the educational agenda being promulgated.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Upon my visit I found IT’S TIME to be a wonderful, creative, community based program. Its students appeared curious, informed, self assured and motivated. The atmosphere permeated the vibrant, committed attitude of young professionals who are providing an enrichment initiative to middle school youngsters that will provide them tools to achieve scholastic excellence, financial acuity, and to explore career options. The syllabus IT’S TIME follows, public speaking, financial literacy and power lunch speaker provides assets that I believe are essential in the nurturing of our young people toward scholarly excellence, economic viability, strong leadership skills and civic responsibility. I think the three format program offered is an important addition to the community and hope with support and encouragement will find the impetus to expand in its outreach. IT’S TIME is an important addition to the DC educational system and unquestionably, has a bright future.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Tell your story here and help others understand this charity What a timely organization. The challenges facing our youngsters not only within the community but globally, make initiatives like IT’S TIME a most relevant program. Its mission to nurture middle school students in Washington DC to someday assume roles of civic leadership through the syllabus outlined has profound and broad implications. The mission of IT’S TIME to provide the students with the tools and skills to be competitive, dynamic, articulate and farsighted is a goal unquestionably at the core of excellence our educational systems wishes to achieve. With support and encouragement of its staff and volunteers, this marvelous organization will certainly provide a valuable adjunct to the DC school system. I am unabashedly a cheerleader for IT’S TIME and hope through exposure via outlets like Great NonProfit its outreach can be broadened.

Donor

Rating: 5

IT'S TIME is an exciting relatively new program that provides middle school youngsters with the skills to achieve scholastic success and awareness of what life choices are available. My observation of the students was that they were very industrious youngsters, eager to learn and very receptive to what was being offered. The staff was very impressive, young professionals seemingly committed to embracing the idea that the educational challenges facing these inner city youngsters could and should be addressed. Kudos to IT'S TIME for its vision and mission.

Donor

Rating: 5

I support this charity because it helps motivate youth, mainly from the inner city, to focus on the opportunities and benefits of good education.

Donor

Rating: 5

Community service is a noble vocation. I am very impressed with what the young professionals at the vanguard of this remarkable organization are attempting to address and have accomplished. The challenges facing our inner city youth are immense. The pernicious effect of poverty and the complications inherent in providing these youngster with quality education makes any enrichment initiative not only admirable but imperative. IT'S TIME with support and encouragement can be a juggernaut in helping to revitalize and bolster the efforts of an educational system faced with a very daunting task. Providing young people with the tools and skills to become self-sufficient, productive citizens must be a mandate that cannot be allowed to fail. IT'S TIME has certainly embraced that vision with its innovative and resouceful program.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I give exceptional rating to the ITSTIME staff. They show their interest in the children by their actions. Calling as reminders for the parents concerning the ITSTIME sessions, progamming, etc. However, my favorite was the Debatc Contest. That session was superb. It hope that they will be able to do that again.