With compassion, creativity, and commitment to our mission, we were able to continue to foster a community for our Apprentices and provide essential services to their families, starting on day one.
We did this by:
Meeting Families’ Needs
- A new Frontline Team was certified to make safe, weekly deliveries of food, personal protective equipment, and cleaning supplies to over fifteen LPTM families.
- We provided 50 young men with approximately 3800 meals during the fall program alone (September-December 2020). These meal services are ongoing.
- With the support of a donor, we purchased 28 sets of winter coats and boots so our Apprentices could safely learn and play outdoors into the winter.
Implementing Safety Protocols
- From March-June 2020, all programming was virtual, with home deliveries of art and school supplies to aid our virtual classrooms.
- From June 2020 onward, outdoor, hybrid programming could resume, with the full buy-in of our families to stay safe, wear masks, stay outdoors, and remain in small, socially distant groups.
- Masks are provided and required at all in-person programming.
- Tables, chairs, and supplies at our outdoor classroom are sanitized three times a day.
- Porta-potties are sanitized up to 50 times per day.
- Our two passenger vans, which normally seats 15 Apprentices, runs at a reduced capacity of 5 passengers and were sanitized between trips.
Maintaining Educational Programming
- Teachers and program staff check in with our Apprentices and their families at least twice a week.
- We provide a safe outdoor campus for 15-20 boys whose parents are unable to provide supervision during the DCPS virtual school day.
- Tents, tables, chairs, generators, lighting, and two porta-potties are provided to accommodate socially-distanced virtual learning.
- We established a hybrid virtual and in-person summer learning program, the only one of its kind in the D.C.
Because of this:
All daytime apprentices have made advances in their reading and math over the course of the pandemic.
Parents have noted that their children’s social-emotional status has risen because of LPTM programming.
Encouraging Artistic Expression
- Staff and older Apprentices have made and delivered masks to LPTM families, elderly residents, area hospitals, and local businesses.
- Middle school Apprentices wrote and recorded original songs.
- Younger Apprentices continue their artwork with supplies delivered by the Frontline Team and instruction videos created by their mentors and teachers.
Connecting with Nature
- LPTM partnered with the D.C. Department of Parks and Recreation and Washington Parks and People to create a lush outdoor campus at the Marvin Gay Greening Center.
- Many Apprentices have access to safe green space for the first time.
- Apprentices have learned new skills, including planting and harvesting crops in the community garden under the instruction of master gardeners.
- Apprentices have had the opportunity to appreciate the value of fresh air, which is especially noticeable in the midst of a respiratory pandemic.