Inspiring Thoughtful Students By Taking Initiative To Motivate Excellence

Rating: 4.77 stars   31 reviews

Issues: Children & Youth, Education

Location: PO Box 231074 Centreville VA 20120 USA

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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Rating: 5 stars  

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.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Reviewed website and spoke to volonteers.

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One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

I am glad to say I'm a proud parent of a wonderful daughter of this Saturday morning group It's Time.It has been a pleasure for her to look forward each Saturday of the season to get up and get out to a new and exciting fun-filled,educational,motivating,encouraging and so much more discribing words to this program. I will strongly encouraged DC teens to joined in only if they are very serious about this program, so they can experience and learn more and i know for sure each and every child/student will benefit from "It's Time" just as much as my daughter is doing. Thanks to the great team especially to Ms. Zalenda and Mr. Keith, keep up the hard work,WAY TO GO.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I have personally experienced excellent result from this program It's Time in 2009-2010 session and looking forward for much more to come in the future.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Great and intellegent

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Incorporate in much more outings or activities

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

I have been volunteering at IT’S TIME for a year and the experiences I have gone through are tremendous. Not only did I have the opportunity to be a part of an organization whose mission I believe is both essential and inspirational to the development of a child, but it also gave me the opportunity to be exposed to an array of professionals who were featured speakers at the Lunch Time Program. Being a sophomore at Howard University, I still feel the need for some counseling. By listening to these influential professionals, I found them extremely informative and helpful in formulating my own career choices; as well as giving motivation for the children within the program by inspiring them to reach above and beyond. There were speakers ranging from medical position, political positions, beauty pageants, etc. I commend the co-founders, Zalenda Cyrille and Keith Beverly, for IT’S TIME for their incredible vision. The challenges faced within the DC school system are momentous, however, IT’S TIME’s purpose is to help enlighten and challenge talented DC Middle School students by providing them greater opportunities and motivation to succeed. Thus, this will help fight the District’s educational problem. I would most definitely recommend anyone and everyone who are interested in the educational plight of inner city children to support IT’S TIME. It is a marvelous organization and I have the utmost most respect and appreciation for it.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in the field of academics and motivational growth because I've seen the growth in the confidence and knowledge the student's attained while in the program.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-5-01

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

I have just started as a volunteer for IT'S TIME, and am impressed with the scope and depth of the program. After participating in the first session this year, I am amazed at the excitement and receptiveness displayed by the students towards topics such as the stock market. I am looking forward to engaging IT'S TIME students in what will be an edifying experience for all involved.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-9-01

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

I’m a parent of a student in the IT’STIME program and a BIG supporter. I stand by what this program instills in today’s youth. The financial piece is a wonderful part to the program. Another huge plus is the public speaking component. The writing and reading of famous speeches and/or poems have boost my child’s confidence and allowed her grades in ELA (English Language Arts) to climb to an A. IT’S TIME also has a friendly atmosphere and encourages the youth to want to learn and do their best. Not to mention the great incentives they hand out to the youth during the sessions. Special thank you to Ms Zalenda and Mr. Keith Job well done!!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

My childs grades have improved and she has more confidence.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

They really love the kids and want them to have a better quality of life.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

very friendly and their compassion for this program is exceptional.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Teach youth in the local schools on certains days and could take them on trips. They could even have their own building to operate in.

Ways to make it better...

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In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

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One thing I'd also say is that...

I'm glad my child is apart of this program and I would advise anyone seeking an productive extra-curriculum for their young person to look into IT'S TIME.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-9-01

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

I gave a Saturday presentation to the kids about the stock market, and was impressed by their understanding, attentiveness, and interest -- hallmarks I attribute to the quality of the It's Time program in general. It wouldn't seem easy to get middle-school kids to focus on extracurricular learning on the weekends, but It's Time does it -- and does it well.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the impressive results it's had in reaching kids and developing their ability to relate to pressing, real-world topics at a young age.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-9-01

 
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Rating: 4 stars  

It's Time DC is a dynamic organization committed to financial literacy. The staff and volunteers are both impressive and relentless. Any parent would honored to have their child enrolled in their Program. The current curriculum is well written and seems to balance fun and finance, creating a meaningful and lasting education experience.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the Power Lunch Series.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-6-01

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

Spoke to the children about the role of a pharmacist and the preparation required to become one. Performed a science experiment with the kids.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the seeing the contentment of the children from having this weekend outlet.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-10-01

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

It's TIME is a unique program to motivate and inspire the children. It not only provides opportunity to learn but also help the young students to become future leaders. I was quite impressed by the training that was given for public speaking and the programs that provide information on various subjects.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Please refer my blog. http://sobana-blogs.blogspot.com/2010/02/inspire-dream-lead.html

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-2-01

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

This is an awesome program that caters to the needs of children and teenagers as they take their academic journey through our school system. The program really strives to bring in people who can have positive influences on the students and help them make positive decisions in the future. I was impressed by the intelligence level of the students in this program, their outgoing personalities and all the questions with which they bombarded me. I was glad to be able to share part of my life and my career in order to positively influence and impact the students.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

The review I got from the students, their enthusiasm and eagerness to learn.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Broaden their scope, ensure it is inclusive of all students. I will strive to make this a required activity for students or at least an activity that earns them some credits.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Meeting energetic, outgoing and intelligent students who are eager to learn and become a positive influence in their community

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Great! They were nice and very friendly

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Change the face of the DC public school system

Ways to make it better...

More time was dedicated to the activity and more students were involved

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

$$$ - I do not think they have enough money to have the kind of influence and impact I think they can have.

One thing I'd also say is that...

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-2-01

 
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