Motivating Students to Excel Through the Arts
(Black PR Wire) BALTIMORE, Maryland — Since 2004, Leaders of Tomorrow Youth Center (LTYC) has been changing the lives of underprivileged youth in the DMV through the arts. The nonprofit organization, which serves youth ages 5-18, offers programming through partner schools and establishments. Their outstanding efforts to improve lives is getting the attention of several nationally recognized organizations, earning at least 15 awards and accolades to date!
Offering year-round programming, Leaders of Tomorrow Youth Center mentors and inspires youth to thrive academically, socially, and developmentally by encouraging self-expression through the arts.
Through after school and summer enrichment, kids are exposed to creative avenues that help them unlock apprehension and progress forward.
LYTCs goal is to reach the whole child! As such, the organization has made great strides in helping kids forge through emotional and psychological barriers that often hinder them from reaching their full potential. Some challenges may include but are not limited to, past or present trauma, socio-economic deficiencies, lack of opportunity, and stereotypical labeling. Kids enrolled in the program receive 1-to-1 arts mentoring, behavior intervention, and specialized workshops to address vital needs. Professional development is also available for families.
Having served more than 100,000 students over the past 17 years, participants in the DMV region are showing great promise. Through LYCTs arts in education connection with local school districts and partnerships with other organizations, the positive impact is widespread. The nonprofit has collaborated with Child First Authority, Excel Beyond the Bell, Baltimore City Schools, Baltimore County Schools, District of Columbia Public Schools, Prince George’s Public Schools, Elev8, and many more! These partnerships have extended LTYCs capacity to expand, create and innovate in broader dimensions. Just recently, LTYC was one of the 91 nonprofit organizations serving Washington, DC selected to receive awards of $12 million to youth-serving organizations.
Through great fortitude and diligence, Leaders of Tomorrow Youth Center managed to continue programming despite the COVID-19 Pandemic. To that end, the organization has received countless awards and recognition from elite groups such as WBAL Kids, Baltimore Office of Promotion and Arts, Nora Roberts Foundation, Weisner Foundation, Urban Children Foundation, Thomas Wilson Foundation, and Charlesmeade. The impact of LTYCs efforts reaches beyond local communities; it is evident statewide!
Also, recently, LTYC was awarded the NACo Achievement Award which seeks to recognize innovative county government programs. Their Scholars program was submitted for entry on behalf of Howard County, Maryland. The criteria for selection includes one of the following:
- Offer new services to county residents, fill gaps in the availability of existing services, or tap into new revenue sources
- Improve the administration of an existing county government program
- Upgrade the working conditions or level of training for county employees
- Enhance the level of citizen participation in, or the understanding of, government programs
- Provide information that facilitates effective public policymaking
- Promote intergovernmental cooperation and coordination in addressing shared problems
LTYC exceeded expectations by fulfilling most of these requirements, thus earning the award. The organization is growing exponentially and hopes to ultimately reach youth nationwide!
To inquire about programs offered by LTYC, contact CarVer Communications, Nicole Kirby, firstname.lastname@example.org