Life Pieces To Masterpieces is a proud recipient of an unrestricted $2 million gift from MacKenzie Scott as part of the Yield Giving Open Call

At Life Pieces To Masterpieces, Black and Brown boys and young men from DC’s most marginalized neighborhoods have space to express themselves; teach and uplift others as mentors; navigate societal barriers; and positively transform their communities.

Our Mission

Life Pieces To Masterpieces develops character and leadership, unlocks potential, and prepares Black and Brown boys and young men to transform their lives and communities, with creative expression and “each one teach one” mentoring at the core.

Our vision is that our boys and young men become catalysts for positive change in the world.



“Life Pieces is always a place for hope, in my opinion. No matter what we go through, it's like we're always a family, a brotherhood.”

Cateo HiltonJunior mentor, who began at LPTM at age 4

“LPTM Apprentices are a gift to the communities that they come from. Intelligent, thoughtful, generous and caring, they remind us of why we do what we do.”

Shawn HardnettCEO & Founder, Statesmen College Preparatory Academy For Boys PCS

Art by Life Pieces

Life Pieces To Masterpieces takes our name from the unique style of art that our youth collectively create — art that reflects their lived experiences as a way to facilitate positive, holistic development. In small groups, our young artists collaborate to decide on a life experience to make the topic of their painting and then make their masterpiece together by painting, cutting, arranging, and sewing pieces of canvas. Each colorful, sewn, acrylic-on-canvas collage illustrates a shared story and reflects our apprentices’ courage to create their own destiny – using art to turn their “life pieces” into a “masterpiece.”


With love, security, and expression, we each can become a MASTERPIECE.