In a world that devalues and threatens Black boys and young men, LPTM provides a refuge. Its flagship afterschool program engages Ward 7 and 8 elementary, middle, and high school youth in arts, education, and character development. Apprentices work on unique acrylic on sewn canvas paintings, write poetry and prose, learn movement, music, and cinematography – to break through negative self-images, tell authentic stories about their lives, build bonds of brotherhood, and become catalysts for change. Younger children get rigorous tutoring in literacy and math and older youth experience academic support, college and career readiness, Black male development, leadership training, and more, to prepare them for post-secondary success. 100% of last year’s seniors went on to college, all received partial or full scholarships, and all are sewing “life pieces” into “masterpieces” – in the art they create, the lives they lead, the communities they build.