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Inspiring Thoughtful Students by Taking Initiative To Motivate Excellence

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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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Rating: 5

Although many organizations claim they can enrich the lives of inner-city youth, I witnessed first hand, the impact IT'S TIME, has and is making on its participants. From the excitement and anticipation exhibited when arriving for instruction, early on a Saturday morning, to the enthusiasm displayed three hours later during (yet another) speaker's presentation, the students of IT'S TIME, were fully engaged. Not only that, but their ability to clearly articulate what they had already learned and how it would help them be successful in the future, was evidence of the sound methods being used to encourage, educate, and inspire these most malleable young minds. I believe the "graduates" of IT'S TIME, will become the game-changers in a society where becoming essential will be the new rule of success!