"Time is the most valuable thing a man can spend." – Theophrastus.

As the seasons change and the days get shorter, I am reminded of time and how quickly it seems to move. It almost feels like yesterday when the world went into shock as schools and businesses closed, and homes became schools, offices, and more. There is so much great work that has been accomplished since then, and yet so much left to do. We are thinking everyday of new and innovative ways to serve and impact children and families, address (and erase) issues of inequity, and determine new visions, strategies and actions. We are excited to announce soon some of those plans. We are not only spending time connected to a world where every child can experience the arts, we are investing that time, because this is something we greatly believe in and holds high value. As we get closer to days of celebrating with family, relaxing, and reflecting on this year, ask yourself how you spent your time, how you invested your time? We look forward to spending time with all of you in the future around the work of creating and experiencing high quality arts programs and opportunities. We thank you for your continued support!
Dana Carr, MAT
Executive Director

Our featured partner this month is Hello Insight. Hello Insight helps youth development programs continually evaluate and respond to what young people need. Through a series of evaluation tools including Social Emotional Learning and College and Career Readiness, Hello Insight uses outcomes from these tools to help assess and gain a deeper understanding into the impact of your programming. Visit helloinsight.org for more information!
Our staff and scholars in Howard County have been actively involved in distance learning and arts enrichment programming over the last 45 days. We've placed an emphasis on school grade improvement for middle school students and synchronous engagement, which has been impactful across the 5 learning hub sites. We’re happy to see positive changes already, including enhancement in social emotional learning and self-identity. We will continue to support our Howard County Scholars as we finish this calendar year. Here are a few pictures below to highlight the program in action!
Daily yoga and mindfulness classes.
Tootsie roll candy flowers in Culinary Arts!
Exploring the beauty of nature in Photography class!
Color gradients, form and expression in Visual Arts class!
Pictured above Dana Carr, LTYC Executive Director and Howard County Executive, Calvin Ball
County Executive Ball Announces $1.3 Million in CARES Act Funding for HoCo STRIVES Virtual Learning Support

Leaders of Tomorrow Youth Center was awarded $750,000 to administer the Howard County Scholars Program for in-person education of middle school students from September through December 2020. This program, at no cost to families, engages students by supporting and supplementing virtual learning with social and emotional development and enrichment activities. Watch the full press conference HERE. Read the full press release HERE.
Do you know youth who are interested in teaching the arts? We are looking for qualified youth in grades 6-8 that live in Baltimore City to participate.

If you or someone you know may be interested in this FREE program please email dana.carr@ltyc.net for more information.
Help us make a difference and impact the community!

Accepting donations October 1, 2020-December 15, 2020
Announcing the special release of the ART IS L.O.V.E. mask in honor of L.O.V.E. Drive season 2020! The proceeds from your purchase will support our annual initiative to give back to families in need. This limited edition will be available for purchase between 10/1-12/15.
LTYC is excited to announce our affiliation with Arts Education Partnership (AEP). This past September, AEP hosted a series of virtual gatherings featuring LTYC's Executive Director, Dana Carr, MAT, stakeholders, policymakers, various arts education leaders and more to take a trip down memory lane in recognition of AEP’s 25th Anniversary. The conversations were centered around the biggest successes of the last 25 years, the opportunities missed along the way and the ideas and plans for creating a more equitable and inclusive field moving forward.
LTYC is a proud sponsor of this years Arts Administrators of Color's 2020 Annual Convening. Join us online Saturday, November 7th and Sunday, November 8th, 2020 for 2 full days of programming!

  • 15+ breakout sessions curated to the needs of our community
  • Daily collective healing spaces
  • Two opening plenaries
  • Four daily wellness opportunities
  • Networking, 1-on-1 meeting opportunities, and affinity spaces across identities
  • Opportunities to engage with exhibitors and sponsors
The Baltimore Gas and Electric Company (BGE) has donated $10,000 in arts supples to support LTYC's programming. Next Friday, November 5, 2020, LTYC's Board Member, Joshua Papsan will lead his team at BGE through a virtual volunteer event to assemble the donated arts kits and learn more about the impact of LTYC. Stay tuned for pictures and footage from the event!
"Using the Creative Process to Discuss Social Justice."

Course description: The arts are a powerful tool for healing, transformation and collaboration. In this course, participants will tackle tough social issues using the arts as a tool to gain inspiration, discuss personal meaning, address bias, and ultimately create an awareness that will equip them for their return back to students in our current climate.

LTYC has virtual and in person PD courses that are affordable relevant, and engaging! We are here to meet your professional development needs.

Click the link below to view more PD offerings and book today!
Give to Arts Education through Your Workplace Giving Campaign!

Now more than ever it is essential for youth to stay connected to the arts. Leaders of Tomorrow Youth Center has partnered with United Way to make it easy for you to donate in support of arts education. As the fall workplace charity giving season is just around the corner, remember what a difference you can make in the lives of youth by connecting them to quality arts programming.

Provide the following United Way identification number to your workplace giving campaign to donate to LTYC:

Does your organization hold a yearly charity giving campaign event? Let us know! We would love to come share how LTYC’s youth programs strengthen communities and change lives. 

What would $25 do for our organization?
Cover the cost of instructional materials for one student.

What would $50 do for our organization?
Provide extended day enrichment for students and parents who have a need for out of school time activities. 

What would $100 do for our organization?
Help to sponsor a school interested in holding a creative arts or arts integration workshop.

What would $250 do for our organization?
Provide a professional development training experience for teachers to integrate the arts into their classroom.

What would $500 do for our organization?
Allow a child to participate in summer programming where creative, academic, and enriched social experiences will take place.
Election day is quickly approaching and now more than ever, we must let our voices be heard. One vote has the power to change our future. Here's how you can do your part.

  1. Register to vote.
  2. Find out where your polling place is or participate in early voting in person or by mail.
  3. Do your research about the candidates on the local, state and federal level to learn what they stand for.
  4. Create your list of candidates who you're voting for.
  5. Cast your ballot.
  6. Visit www.vote.org for more information to exercise your right to vote and stay informed.

Early voting will be held from Monday, October 26, 2020 through Monday, November 2, 2020. CLICK HERE to see a list of the 2020 Presidential General Election early voting sites in Maryland (PDF).
Behind the scenes footage of LTYC's MOVE Maryland shoot, featuring the Executive Team
LTYC is thrilled to have joined MOVE Maryland, a virtual day of wellness to move Maryland's Nonprofits forward. Our Executive Director, Dana Carr, MAT & Executive Administrator, Lauren Blackwell were invited to participate in a special video to highlight participating organizations that will be aired on event day.

MOVE Maryland will take place online on Saturday, November 7, 2020 beginning at 9AM. Participants who fundraise at least $200 prior to November 7th for their favorite cause will receive a unique access code to view the workout sessions, groove to energizing music, and receive an absolute abundance of inspiration.

We're 8 days away from the big day! Here's how you can support:

  1. Help us reach our fundraising goal of $10,000 by donating to our campaign and share our page with your friends and family. From now until November 6, 2020, every dollar we raise will advance LTYC's mission to provide equitable access to the arts!
  2. Spread the word. Follow us on social media @LTYCArts and @MOVEMaryland for updates. Use hashtags #LTYCArts #MOVEmaryland #MOVEmarylandforward
  3. Sign-up to fundraise on our behalf! Register now at movemaryland.org. During registration, choose, "join a team", enter "LTYC Team" and select the sponsor organization "Leaders of Tomorrow Youth Center".
The Show About Tomorrow will air on Saturday, November 7, 2020 at 1PM on Facebook Live! This episode will feature special guest Rashad Staton, Youth Advocate and Engagement Specialist to discuss his experience in Baltimore and with BCPSS, daily observations throughout the city, and how his current initiatives will contribute to the futures of Black families in Baltimore.
If you missed the last TSAT episode, we've got you covered! Click below to view.
Remembering LTYC's 15th Anniversary Partner's Luncheon
We are celebrating Breast Cancer Awareness Month this October with a limited edition release of the ART IS LIFE. mask. 50% of proceeds will be donated to the Mikey's Miracle Foundation. Their mission is dedicated to improving the quality of life for patients and their families during their fight against cancer.
"In 2014, while pregnant with my second daughter, I found a puffy spot in my armpit. I told a doctor and they told me not to worry about it because I was pregnant. A little while later, I felt a lump in my breast. I was diagnosed with breast cancer at stage 2/3. I learned how to do self exams as a teenager, and that’s what saved my life. Early detection saves lives so practice self exams so that you know what your normal is!"

~Natalie, Survivor
"On April 3, 2007, at the age of 39, I discovered a lump in my left breast. I was diagnosed with Stage 2 breast cancer which required six months of aggressive chemotherapy and radiation. Fast forward to 2020, I am thankful to say I am cancer free! My faith, family and friends are the reason I am alive and thriving today."

"I am a Survivor!"

~Stacy Ashton
Are you interested in collaborating with LTYC SHOP? We're seeking partnerships with local businesses, artists, students, educational institutions and more! For more information, please contact us at shop@ltyc.net
Leaders of Tomorrow Youth Center, Inc. (LTYC) is committed to developing positive social development, academic success and creativity in the minds of today's youth. LTYC integrates arts and education to develop an enthusiasm for learning that transfers into increased academic performance and positive youth development. As part of our team, you'll join a dynamic group of professionals who are passionate about arts education and the future of today's youth. If you are looking for additional contractual instructional opportunities, LTYC is the perfect place for you!!

We are seeking bilingual arts educators in Baltimore, Greater Baltimore, & the DC/Metro for the following content areas:

  • Music
  • Visual Arts
  • Dance
  • Creative Writing
  • Theatre
  • Media Arts
  • Culinary Arts
  • STEAM 
  • Yoga

LTYC's ideal Instructor qualifications:

  • Experience with virtual learning and instruction.
  • 3 Years of age appropriate classroom teaching experience in applicable content area.
  • Bachelor's Degree/Master's Degree in content area preferred
  • MD Teaching Certification, or at least 30 completed college credits. 
  • Excellent supervision, managerial, and organizational skills.

To apply, send your resume and cover letter to hr@ltyc.net

Click below for details on our open position!

Here's a list of virtual resources for arts learning you can try.
Don’t worry. We have you covered! Here are a few educational packets for grade levels K-12. Click the links below to download the packets.
Grades K-5
Grades 6-8
Grades 9-12
Healthy eating and nutrition plays a major part in building a strong immune system and your overall health. Here are a few suggested healthy immune system-supporting foods that Dr. Axe recommends for kids and adults. Read more on Dr. Axe.

  • Fruits: apples, oranges, lemons, limes, kiwi, papaya, melons, berries
  • Vegetables: bell peppers, broccoli, spinach, tomatoes, kale, cauliflower
  • Nuts: almonds, walnuts, pistachios, macadamia nuts, Brazil nuts
  • Seeds: chia seeds, sunflower seeds, flax seeds
  • Protein Foods: grass-fed beef, wild-caught fish, free-range poultry, eggs, tempeh, yogurt, legumes
  • Whole Grains: couscous, quinoa, brown rice, oats, farro, barley, buckwheat
  • Fats and Oils: avocados, olive oil, coconut oil, grass-fed butter
  • Herbs and Spices: ginger, garlic, cinnamon, black pepper
  • Beverages: green tea, kombucha, coconut water, kefir

If you would like to partner with LTYC and see a program near you, please email partner@ltyc.net.
Leaders of Tomorrow Youth Center, Inc.
PO BOX 1213| OWINGS MILLS, MD 21117 | 443-261-LTYC | WWW.LTYC.NET