A WORD FROM THE ED!
As we officially approach summer, it is a good moment to reflect on the ways all of our lives have drastically changed in one form or another over the last 12 weeks. I am excited about the collaborations that have come out of this time, and the work that is yet to be completed. Collaboration has become a form of survival, and I am constantly impressed with our endurance internally as a team, but also that of our colleagues, supporters and friends. This energy has led to some amazing projects, initiatives, and ways of thinking that will undoubtedly make us stronger as a community of artists, educators and leaders-prepared for whatever school and out of school time programs may look like come September. LTYC has some exciting things to share soon to help contribute to this progress. Stay tuned!
Dana Carr, MAT
Executive Director

FEATURED PARTNER
Our featured partner this month is the Maryland Out of School Time Network (MOST) . (MOST) is a statewide youth development organization, dedicated to more and better opportunities in the out of school hours for all of Maryland's young people.  Their mission is to build a coalition of change makers from program providers to policy developers to expand funding, implement more effective policies, and support increased program quality for youth opportunities in the out of school space.
SPECIAL FEATURES
BALTIMORE ARTS PASSPORT
Did you know recent research demonstrates the significant role the arts play in building critical social and emotional skills? These critical skills include a child’s ability to control their feelings or behaviors, get along with others, build relationships, and recognize and understand emotions in themselves and others.

LTYC is proud to be a part of the Baltimore Arts Passport, a booklet and art kit to keep Baltimore City students moving, making, and performing all summer long! At just $10 per kit, you can help kids stay creative at home.

Learn more:

#BaltimoreSummerArtsPassport #bmoreartspassport
SCRAPS OF HAPPINESS FAMILY NIGHT EVENT
In partnership with Patterson Park Public Charter School, LTYC hosted a "Scraps of Happiness" family night event on June 19, 2020. Participants enjoyed sharing things that made them happy and took part in designing and creating positive affirmation images.
BALTIMORE BUSINESS JOURNAL FEATURE

LTYC was featured in the Baltimore Business Journal in an article titled "Viewpoint: Art is helping us all through the COVID-19 crisis. Doesn't it deserve more funding?" The writer, Ron Kipling Williams, Education Manager for the Modell Lyric discusses how impactful and healing the arts have been during the midst of a pandemic and the need for more support of arts programs.
"We need to guarantee full funding for proven nonprofit community organizations like Arts Every Day, Young Audiences, Wide Angle Youth Media, Leaders of Tomorrow Youth Center, Maryland Out of School Time Network, the Youth Resiliency Institute and the Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance, as well as individual artists and arts educators."
CREATIVE CITYSCAPE
Creative City Public Charter School hosted its   annual  Creative CityScape  last Saturday, June 20, 2020 from 12PM-4PM!

It was an art-filled day connecting virtually with artists, families and creatives throughout Baltimore City. LTYC facilitated two sessions during the event: "Collage for the Cause" and a "Fight the Power" dance segment.

Ms. Naelis Ervin, LTYC Instructor , led a powerful discussion about different cultural prospectives of art and how we can express and communicate our view of social justice through dance and collaging.
GROCERY BOX GIVEAWAY
On June 13, 2020, LTYC participated in another community outreach event in collaboration with our partner, Empowerment Temple . The team of volunteers distributed grocery boxes, snack packs and LTYC learning packets, laundry supplies and more! It was a beautiful day of service!
Here's a recap video of LTYC's Spring L.O.V.E. Drive this past May in partnership with Park Height Renaissance and Empowerment Temple.
NEW PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT COURSE!
"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!
BLACK FATHERS PLEDGE RALLY
LTYC is excited to partner and participate in the  Black Father's Pledge Rally  today  Friday June 26, 2020 . Stop by the LTYC resource stations for family friendly workshops in music, theatre, dance, visual arts and creative writing. Visit the LTYC organizational table for  summer camp  resources and to purchase merchandise from our  LTYC SHOP !
MD ARTS EDUCATION TOWNHALL
The Executive leadership of four national arts education partners gathered on June 17, 2020 to discuss the impact of COVID-19 on teaching and learning in the arts, national trends, and their vision for a pathway forward. Click below to watch a recap of the moderated session.
THE SHOW ABOUT TOMORROW
The Show About Tomorrow is hosted by Dr. Dermell with Eze Jackson & Lady Brion  in collaboration with the  Legacy Alliance  and the  AFRO Newspaper . Last month's episode featured special guest Ms. Catalina Byrd, Mayoral Candidate of Baltimore City. The conversation was centered around the current civil unrest throughout the world and the state of Baltimore and more!

Tune in  every 1st Saturday  to catch an episode of  "The Show About Tomorrow"  on  Facebook LIVE ! Stay tuned for updates!
MOST VISIONING SESSIONS
How can we support our youth during the re-opening of Baltimore? Youth Development organizations, and students and families they serve, must weigh in as partners and resources to the community, schools and school systems. Join MOST & LTYC in the upcoming session to weigh in on the discussion.

Youth Development Recovery Visioning Howard & Anne Arundel Counties

June 29, 2020 at 3:00PM via Zoom
WHY LTYC MAKES A DIFFERENCE
LTYC partnered with local Influencers and Leaders in Baltimore that advocate for their communities and arts education. View the PSA featuring:

  • LTYC Founder & President, Dr. Dermell
  • Composer & Conductor of The Soulful Symphony, Darin Atwater
  • Artist, Educator & Political Candidate, Rain Pryor
  • Political Strategist, Stefan Walker
  • Speech Pathologist, Teresa Buchheister
  • Radio Host, Speaker, Writer & Community Organizer, Farajii Muhammad
  • Artist, Creative, & Social Influencer Eze Jackson
  • Political Candidate & Community Activist, Carlmichael 'Stokey' Cannady

LTYC is on a mission to elevate, educate, and empower young people in our community. If you believe the arts should stay in your child's school, please join our cause! Learn more ways that you can support LTYC and to donate by visiting https://ltyc.net/donate .
ADDITIONAL RESOURCES
VIRTUAL ARTS LEARNING RESOURCES
Here's a list of virtual resources for arts learning you can try.
NO INTERNET?
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 FOODS TO BOOST IMMUNE SYSTEM
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
JOIN OUR TEAM!
Leaders of Tomorrow Youth Center, Inc. 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.

We are actively recruiting for the following open positions:

  • Expansion Coordinator
  • Office Leader
  • Development Coordinator
  • Executive Coordinator
  • DC Metro Staff Recruiter
  • Creative & Performing Arts Instructors
  • On-Call Instructors
  • Arts Interns & Volunteers
LTYC SHOP
LTYC is proud to join  The Black Upstart  in the  #BuyBlack  Movement for a national campaign to spend 5 million dollars to support and advocate for black owned businesses. The campaign runs from  June 19, 2020-July 4, 2020 .

Track your contribution by uploading your receipt to  www.myblackreceipt.com .
Visit  www.ltycshop.net  to  #BuyBlack  and join the movement!  #myblackreceipt

ENTER CODE: BUYBLACK to save 15% on your purchase!
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"ART IS LIFE" TRAILER
UPCOMING EVENTS
LTYC LEARN VIRTUAL ARTS CAMP
CAMP DATES: JULY 13, 2020-AUGUST 14, 2020

Need to enrich your children this summer? Help them make the most of their time with interactive arts camps taught by experts, artists, and practitioners. Each week and session consists of five days starting on Monday and ending on Friday, either in the morning or afternoon. Themes change weekly so sign up for one session, or as many as you like! Multiple sessions means a variety of arts experiences and opportunities.

Enjoy daily sessions in the following contents:
LTYC LEARN's Virtual Arts Camp is 5 weeks of online arts for students and families. Through live virtual classrooms, portfolio creation, virtual field trips and home-based projects, LTYC LEARN camp will ignite creativity and inspire us all to reimagine the art of learning. LTYC LEARN is a space to share ideas and resources, access creative opportunities and experiences and collaborate with a network of other arts lovers your age.

In addition to the virtual learning that will take place, students will receive a digital badge at the conclusion of a session. This digital badge represents a student’s achievements with a link to a portfolio of evidence. A college, employer, or teacher could view a portfolio and student-generated work.
IMAGINING OUR STORIES THROUGH THE ARTS
MARYLAND CENTER FOR THE ARTS VIRTUAL THEATRE WORKSHOPS
Exploring Theatre and Storytelling for Grades K-5

MCA's Summer Theatre Education Workshops in partnership with LTYC
DATE: 7/25/2020 & 8/ 22/2020     
TIME: 10am-11am  

(Option to sign up for one or both dates!) 

Description:   Theatre is all about bringing stories to life! Youth will explore places, people, and objects to collaborate to create their own unique performance using drama, movement and design. Theatre games are incorporated to help students to be able to creatively express their thoughts and feelings, as well as learn the basic elements of storytelling.  
Improvisational Theatre for Grades 6-12

MCA's Summer Theatre Education Workshops in partnership with LTYC
DATE: 7/25/2020 & 8/ 22/2020     
TIME: 11:30am-12:30pm  

(Option to sign up for one or both dates!) 

Description:   Improvisation skills are the foundation of any successful performance. Teamwork, listening, spontaneity, and thinking on your feet. Youth will use improvisation exercises to increase performance skills, awaken creativity and learn to work with others to accomplish common goals. Scenes developed out of this creative process will result in youth writing brief, original scripts to share and test out with the group.  
EXPRESSION FROM THE HeART
"Expressions from the HeART" is a FREE professional development series for leaders and creatives who are looking for supports and resources to utilize during the COVID-19 crisis and beyond. These trainings will speak to mental health practitioners, leaders of organizations and schools, artists, educators and anyone who is interested in how the arts, education, leadership and mental health intersect. Presenters will share useful practices and techniques in their area of expertise that can be immediately applicable as we navigate a reimagining of our professional, personal, artistic and spiritual selves. 
Please join us, and feel free to share within your networks. Well see you virtually soon!
Leading Creatively During Challenging Times
 Facilitator:  Dana Carr, MAT Executive Director, LTYC

Date:  June 30, 2020
Time:  2PM

When we are faced with challenges, uncertainty, and having to make decisions quickly, we often forget about the artist within us who is inspirational, transformative, and above all else, creative. Learn to tap into your inner artist to lead your team in a most powerful way! Breathe, reflect and prepare to utilize your gifts to realize your full potential, and that of those around you!

LET'S GET SOCIAL
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If you would like to partner with LTYC and see a program near you, please email partner@ltyc.net.
MAKE AN IMPACT
Would you like to make a difference and provide a deserving youth access to performing & creative arts? Please help us continue to make an impact in the lives of our future leaders.
Leaders of Tomorrow Youth Center, Inc.
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