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Programs Summary

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The Need

East of the River in Washington, DC there is a vast need for programming specifically targeting African American boys and young men -- programming that is responsive to their unique life experiences. Currently, due to limited resources, LPTM reaches less than one percent of its target constituency and has the opportunity to do so much more.

Life Pieces To Masterpieces is the only youth development nonprofit organization focused exclusively on African American boys and young men in Wards 7 and 8. LPTM is also the only youth services organization that is indigenous to the community that it serves and was founded by members from that community.


Life Pieces engages boys and young men through three main programs:

After School Program

This program engages about 105 apprentices in rigorous after-school homework assistance, tutoring, literacy training, math skill development and computer training. Our location at Drew Elementary School in Washington, DC is open to apprentices six days a week from 3:30-7:30 after school during the week, and during flexible hours on the weekends.

For more about our After School Program, click here.

Saturday Academy

This program takes place three Saturdays per month for five hours, offering African American male high school students training in our Human Development System as well as engaging them in a series of interactive workshops focused on life skill building for college-bound students. Topics covered include: resume building, mock interviews, essay writing, financial management, college preparedness, study skills.

For more about Saturday Academy, click here.

For a story about Kasim, one of our Saturday Academy mentors, click here.

Summer Program

"Connecting Communitites Across The Globe," is a six-week program with a global perspective. For more on our Summer Program, click here.

Education ArchitectsTM

This is an  innovative approach to help youth be more receptive to learning, prepare them for the workforce and help them develop leadership skills.  

Our vision for Education Architects is to:

  • Develop the leadership of young men of color ages 18 – 25.
  • Increase men of color motivated to seek careers in education and social work.
  • Motivate our young men to become teachers, principals, social workers, philanthropists, and work and volunteer in organizations serving low income communities.
  • Provide positive male role models to children in a classroom setting.

Latest News

This month's featured masterpiece is titled "Masterpiece David" (2013). The artist says, "No matter what they say about me... read more
The Art by Life Pieces 2016 exhibit at the Pepco Edison Place Gallery is open to the public October 3 to  November 7, free... read more
Are you interested in impacting change in the classroom? Sign up to join Education Architects! Contact read more

Support Us

Donate Online Now, or learn more about how you can help us reach more African American boys and young men and give them a chance at a bright future.


Life Pieces To Masterpieces is proud to be selected as "One of the best small charities in the Greater Washington region."


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