What happens when a boy grows up surrounded by love, security, and expression?

What happens when he has a safe, loving place to go to every day after school?

What happens when he builds his academic and social skills while surrounded by people who care about him?  Where he learns that it’s okay to express his emotions? Where he learns how to be a leader?

What happens when he discovers his brilliance and creativity each day?

He succeeds.

From our most recent three-year program evaluation:


Parents believe that Life Pieces is a safe place for their sons.


Apprentices can identify a positive male role model.


Apprentices in our After-School program improved OR maintained their grade in Reading.
  • 100% of Life Pieces To Masterpieces’ high school seniors graduated and enrolled in secondary education or training for the past 10 years.
  • 100% of Parents feel welcomed and respected by staff.
  • 96% of Parents say their son is better able to see his innate abilities and know what he can accomplish.
  • 96% of Parents say their sons speak positively about their futures.
  • 94% of Parents say their son is more confident and makes better decisions.
  • 91% of Apprentices say they feel good about their future.

He creates a positive cycle.

Life Pieces’ boys and young men:

  • learn what it means to love, support and mentor one another.
  • gain leadership experience in serving others and their community.
  • create artistic masterpieces that tell profound and inspiring stories.

He changes the world.

In recent years:

  • LPTM junior mentors made national news through their civic engagement work.
  • A junior mentor spoke to a national audience at The Kennedy Center.
  • An LPTM junior mentor has been on WAMU, in the Washington Post, on national NPR news, and in a story syndicated by CNN, speaking 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.
  • LPTM youth co-facilitate Color Me Community workshops for artists, activists, educators, policymakers, and community leaders from DC, the US, and over 35 countries, from the chief of community policing in Belize to a DC City Council Member and his staff.

Creating Art… Changing Lives.

With love, security, and expression, each of us can become a masterpiece.