We are Life Pieces to Masterpieces (LPTM), a youth program that uses artistic expression to develop character and leadership, unlock potential, and prepare African-American boys and young men to transform their lives and communities. We currently serve seventy boys and young men in Wards 7 and 8 in Washington, DC (visit our website www.lifepieces.org to learn more).

The community that LPTM serves has been hit especially hard by this COVID-19.

While we of course appreciate the necessity of closing schools and reducing social contact, the guidance to #StayHome has a completely different and potentially devastating impact on Black and Brown families living in marginalized communities in DC. LPTM parents often work in the service industry; many now have no jobs, little savings, limited food and basic necessities. Grocery stores are multiple bus rides away, if they are even open or stocked. LPTM boys and young men no longer have the safety of their school environment. They can’t count on a solid meal at school. They were provided paper school packets, but may not have access to teachers or technology to aid in learning. Many worry for grandparents who live with them and do not have healthcare. Each trip out feels potentially life threatening.

In a time of fear and confusion, our LPTM families are also devastated by the loss of social connection. Some are traumatized, feeling forgotten.

LPTM is immediately responding with the full support and commitment of staff, Board, and key partners.

LPTM is responding to immediate basic needs by connecting with food and social service partners to bring food and disinfectants door-to-door to families in dire need.   

LPTM is connecting and listening to maintain continuity by speaking to parents and our boys and young men each and every day.

LPTM’s Saturday Academy will continue virtually, and our high school LPTM Saturday Academy Apprentices communicate daily with their mentors and share homework and receive academic support in Google Docs.   

COVID-19 has made a harsh reality even harsher, and LPTM’s connection to our boys is more important than ever.  

Our assessments show that more than half of LPTM families are already in dire need for food and basic supplies. We expect this number to increase with time.

To continue to reach those who are most devastated in our community we need your help. Please share any support that will help achieve this mission.


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We are Life Pieces to Masterpieces (LPTM), a youth program that uses artistic expression to develop character and leadership, unlock potential, and prepare African-American boys and young men to transform their lives and communities. We currently serve seventy boys and young men in Wards 7 and 8 in Washington, DC (visit our website www.lifepieces.org to learn more).

The community that LPTM serves has been hit especially hard by this COVID-19.

While we of course appreciate the necessity of closing schools and reducing social contact, the guidance to #StayHome has a completely different and potentially devastating impact on Black and Brown families living in marginalized communities in DC. LPTM parents often work in the service industry; many now have no jobs, little savings, limited food and basic necessities. Grocery stores are multiple bus rides away, if they are even open or stocked. LPTM boys and young men no longer have the safety of their school environment. They can’t count on a solid meal at school. They were provided paper school packets, but may not have access to teachers or technology to aid in learning. Many worry for grandparents who live with them and do not have healthcare. Each trip out feels potentially life threatening.

In a time of fear and confusion, our LPTM families are also devastated by the loss of social connection. Some are traumatized, feeling forgotten.

LPTM is immediately responding with the full support and commitment of staff, Board, and key partners.

LPTM is responding to immediate basic needs by connecting with food and social service partners to bring food and disinfectants door-to-door to families in dire need.   

LPTM is connecting and listening to maintain continuity by speaking to parents and our boys and young men each and every day.

LPTM’s Saturday Academy will continue virtually, and our high school LPTM Saturday Academy Apprentices communicate daily with their mentors and share homework and receive academic support in Google Docs.   

COVID-19 has made a harsh reality even harsher, and LPTM’s connection to our boys is more important than ever.  

Our assessments show that more than half of LPTM families are already in dire need for food and basic supplies. We expect this number to increase with time.

To continue to reach those who are most devastated in our community we need your help. Please share any support that will help achieve this mission.