Isaiah Neal (6)Grade/School: Cornerstone Academy
Years at LPTM: 2 years
Soul Name: Brother Joy "Isaiah was given the Sould Name of Brother Joy because he radiates happiness."
Isaiah Neal is a 6-year old apprentice, aspiring fire fighter and doctor. He attends Cornerstone Academy during the day and participates in LPTM programming after school where he has "great fun and is learning how to become a Gentleman, Scholar, Artist and Athlete." Isaiah is a gentleman because "he stands up for himself and others and he respects people," a Scholar because he "likes school and speaks clearly," an Artist because he "makes art and likes to sing," and an Athlete because he "loves to play baseball." During his time at Life Pieces he has learned how to speak Spanish, how to create art and how to treat people. When asked why he wants to be a fire fighter and doctor, Isaiah sincerely replied "so that I can put out fires and save people's lives." He has two brothers in the Life Pieces program, David Bing and Joshua Neal.
Brian Bowen (6)Grade/School:
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Soul Name: ""
Brian Bowen is a 6-year old apprentice, aspiring police officer and doctor. He loves Life Pieces and especially enjoys the fun that he has with fellow apprentices, the toys that he can play with, the books he can read and the trips that he gets to take as a result of being in the program. At Life Pieces, he has been learning about values and spiritual principles. When asked which LPTM Basics he likes the most, he "likes them all" and especially likes the "Brothers Stand...Brothers Greet" accompanied by a bow that he and his fellow apprentices exercise when they greet a guest because "a bow means that the good in me recognizes the good in you."
Michael Taylor (8)
Years at LPTM: 4 years
Soul Name: Brother Laughter "Michael was given the Soul Name of Brother Laughter because he is always chuckilng and has a positive, upbeat attitude."
Michael Taylor is an 8-year-old apprentice, aspiring police officer and chef. He wants to be a Police Office to "help get the bad people off of the streets" and when he is not working as an officer, he wants to be a chef making his "special pancakes." Michael is determined and participates in Life Pieces "to learn something every day." His mom is also a fan of the program because he "does his homework and is safe while at Life Pieces." Some of his favorite activities at Life Pieces are the ability to participate in meditation and to eat healthy food. In addition to his work as a Gentleman, Scholar, Athlete and Artist, Michael is also a brother to Farell and Robert. He keeps an eye on them to make sure that "they are being good, and helps them to make sure they are safe." His favorite book is The Magic Fish.
Grade/School: Cornerstone Christian Academy
Years at LPTM: 2
Soul Name: Brother Courageous Heart "Thomas was given the soul name Brother Courageous Heart because he uses great discipline in all of his actions."
Thomas is a 9-year-old apprentice, who attends Cornerstone Christian Academy. His favorite class there is social studies, since he enjoys getting to learn about the people who shaped history, such as Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr, and Franz Schubert. At home, he enjoys laser tag and helping his younger brother with his homework. He joined LPTM after finding forms to join in his school’s office. His favorite part of coming to LPTM is the art, and he says that he has learned a lot about geography and history with the help of the mentors. His favorite book is The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein. He aspires to me a mentor at LPTM to give back to the group, and in order to do this, he plans on staying out of trouble in school, maintaining his good grades, and staying active in LPTM. When asked what he enjoyed most about LPTM, Thomas said: “I can express my feelings with the drawings, and I can come here for help with my homework and to play sports.” Fun Fact: Thomas can name every member of the DC City Council, and did so in front of Chairman and Mayor Elect Vince Gray in a youth hearing last year!