A Message From LTYC Founder/President
Dr. Dermell M. Brunson
Words cannot express the overwhelming support received from my parents, family, teachers, mentors and close friends on this journey. I am forever grateful for the many seeds of development planted in my life and thus into the life of The Leaders of Tomorrow Youth Center, Inc. (LTYC).
In 2003, I was inspired by my experiences as a youth participant in various organizations to create programs that would later become the foundation of LTYC. As a youth services activist and community leader, I was afforded the opportunity in 2004, through my church, to develop, implement and oversee a summer program where my previous ideas could be put to use. Through the enlisting of my close childhood friend, Mr. Ronald M. Fitzgerald, who would be asked to serve as a founder of LTYC, these ideas would later transform into the base and foundation of the Leaders of Tomorrow Youth Center.
There are many obstacles that any founder has to meet when launching a new project, and the vision cannot move forward without support from a host of individuals, evidenced through teamwork. We are thankful for that. For almost eleven years, LTYC has exposed children to the performing and creative arts, leadership, education and family empowerment.
We stand by our unique programmatic structure, which includes progressive merging in the skills of social, artistic, educational, and strengths-based components as a catalyst for healthy child development and family involvement. With much dedication and perseverance, the vision of LTYC has grown to become an intricate part of the lives of our students, parents, staff members and various community partners.
We intend to instill a confidence in the minds of youth that transcends their gift and art form into vehicles that promote forward thinking, movement and balance in their overall lives. We accuse our youth of being at their best and to continue a spirit of learning while performing at a level of excellence. We are a voice for social and system focus to keep the performing and creative arts as a major component in the developmental and educational curriculums in both private and public schools.
Each year that LTYC operates in the community as a human services organization, its participants have been gifted heirlooms that will be safeguarded for future generations. I am truly honored for this opportunity to serve and believe in the power of unity. We ask you to help us achieve our mission and goal to make an impact in the community, one child at a time
As Always... Be Creative! Be Innovative!! Be Great!!!
We intend to instill a confidence in the minds of youth that transcends their gift and art form into vehicles that promote forward thinking, movement and balance in their overall lives.