LPTM Connecting Communities Across the Globe
Our summer program, LPTM Connecting Communities Across the Globe,engages boys and young men ages 3-14 daily from June to August. The program focuses on the cultural study of a new foreign country each summer, incorporating two core strategies, one academic/education based that includes in-depth math and reading literacy and individual tutoring, and the other focused on art. Students are assessed at the beginning of the program to see where they need the most support. The art/creative expression offers students the opportunity to express themselves and learn to collaborate through the arts.
Apprentices learn about themselves through the context of the greater world. Each group learns about this foreign country as well as how it compares to their community in Washington, DC. Through guest speakers, field trips, and cultural enrichment activities, our apprentices are exposed to foreign cultures and learn to read, greet, and count in at least two foreign languages.
Connecting Communities Across the Globe reminds our apprentices that they are global citizens, empowering our boys to see themselves in a brighter light. This summer, our program will study Japan, focusing on the language, culture, and food of Japan, as well as connecting Japanese culture to different African cultures and American culture. The Apprentices will also look at the lives of Japanese Americans during World War II, learning about the internment camps and struggles faced by those of Japanese descent.
We are so happy to partner with the Japan America Society to bring their Japan-in-a-Suitcase curriculum to our young men. Every Monday, staff and volunteers of the Japan America Society will come teach us the basics of greetings, using chopsticks, writing haiku, and more. They will even bring Japanese clothing for our boys to participate in a traditional Japanese fashion show!
The Apprentices will go on celebration field trips to not one but two professional baseball games, the Smithsonian Folklife Festival, Watkins Park, and a Japanese Hibachi restaurant. They will also go on Connecting Community field trips to the American History Museum, where they will see an exhibit on Japanese Internment Camps from WWII, the National Bonsai and Penjing Museum, where our boys will view Japanese nature and then take a class on gardening basics and nutrition, and the Freer Museum of Art, where they will view and study the styles and types of animals found in Japanese art.
The Summer Culminating Final Presentation will be held on Thursday, August 3rd. It will be a great presentation of all we have learned this summer – language, art styles, haiku, Taiko drumming, baseball, and more.