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Curriculum Overview

LPTM Human Development SystemTM is a concrete set of beliefs that address the challenges that our young people and their families face through artistic expression, increased self-awareness and positive decision-making. It is a proven system that has elevated our apprentices to discover a more positive perspective focused on preparing for their own future and giving back to their communities.

Life Pieces To Masterpieces’ work is based on the theory that any human being with a strong foundation (purpose, premise and process) and the proper tools have the power to create his or her own destiny.

The LPTM Shield of FaithTM

The LPTM Shield of FaithTM, inspired by the color wheel, is a decision-making tool that reminds apprentices, mentors, staff members and volunteers of the core values of Life Pieces To Masterpieces. Each value is associated with a color, so that when an apprentice sees a particular color throughout the day, he is reminded of LPTM values. Values include loving, giving, language, arts, discipline, leadership, spirituality and meditation. The Shield serves as a behavior management tool for the young boys; for the older boys it is a jumping off point for deeper discussions about values.

Our Process: LPTM 4 CsTM

Life Pieces To Masterpieces employs the 4 Cs as part of their curriculum:

  • Students connect to themselves and to their classmates.
  • They create -- homework, artwork, and poems.
  • They contribute -- sharing their work and their thinking with a greater community.
  • And they celebrate their successes.


The ultimate vision of the program is to create a community of young men who are gentlemen, scholars, artists and athletes.


"The shield makes you pause -- to help you think before you react. A questioning tool -- why am I in this situation and how do I want to handle it?” What decision can I make that will help me determine who I really want to be in this life? Because that one situation, that one experience could determine a lot. It could hold you back from your goals if you aren’t careful."

-- Christopher, LPTM Senior Apprentice


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