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
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What We Do
LPTM helps young people turn life challenges into opportunities for self-reliance, resilience, and success.
At Life Pieces, we:
Change how Black and Brown boys see themselves
Change how the world sees Black and Brown people
Provide space for our boys and young men to change the world’s understanding of shared humanity.
Tyriek entered the University of Wisconsin on a Posse Foundation Full-Tuition Leadership Scholarship. He spent a summer studying at Harvard University, another at the University of Cape Town in South Africa, and achieved a 3.9 GPA in the LSAC Plus Pre-Law Program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison Law School. Unsurprisingly, he was named Student Activist of the Year by Delta Sigma Theta Sorority.
Between his college graduation and his entry into Law School, Tyriek returned to Life Pieces to offer the same guidance and leadership he had received as a student. He led Saturday Academy as our Program Coordinator and Education Assistant. Tyriek reflects that “LPTM helped shape my passion for education and education policy. Now I want to give our youth the same support and guidance that I had – so that they know who they are as young Black men.”
In 2015, while in the Legacy class, Tory’elle was featured for his artistic expression in an article from Bittersweet Monthly. He recognized his power as he said, “I feel like I am special because I am giving [to others.]”
In 2020, Tory’elle wrote an award-winning speech on community gun violence that caused the Board of WMATA to reflect on how to better ensure safety at bus stops throughout the city. Since schools shut down in March, he has been on WAMU, in the Washington Post, on national NPR news, and in a story syndicated by CNN, speaking out about the challenges Black youth in disadvantaged communities face with remote learning and social isolation while dealing with trauma in overcrowded homes and under-resourced communities and schools.
Through everything, Tory’elle has always been and continues to be a catalyst for positive change in the world.
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.”