A Message From LTYC
I am honored to serve as the new Executive Director for Leaders of Tomorrow Youth Center. When I initially heard Dr. Brunson’s and Mr. Fitzgerald’s vision, now over ten years ago, I was immediately smitten with the hugeness of their ideas and the commitment that they had to ensure that every student has equitable access to the arts. We were all products of a Baltimore School for the Arts education; one that was intense, conservatory-style structured, and arts driven.
We all knew the powerful benefits that giving a child an education richly integrated with the arts could have in their lives. I have worked closely with the organization since that time, serving in many capacities, and am humbled and honored to step into this new role to take LTYC to the next level; reaching more students, involving parents, training teachers, and making sure that arts education is deeply valued and a part of every student’s day.
One of the aspects I have always enjoyed about LTYC are the relationships that we are able to form with teacher and students, and the organization with its partners. Our instructors work tirelessly to not only make sure that the lessons they craft are interactive and rigorous, but also that they build connections with students every day, helping to make the learning more meaningful. Students are excited to attend class, be in school, and be touched in some way by the arts; it is amazing to witness and be a part of. I am grateful to be on this journey and thank LTYC, its founders, school and arts partners, and the communities it serves to trust me with leading this organization.
In the 2014-2015 school year, LTYC was able to provide services to over 25,000 students. As we look forward, LTYC will be expanding and reaching even more youth, teachers, parents, and communities. We will be expanding our services by offering professional development in Arts Integration, the Common Core, and other arts education related topics. We will also re-introduce our program of learning under its new name, the ARTS CORE (Achieving Results by Transforming Students through Creative, Open, Reflective Expression). Our new and improved practices have a focus on instruction that is data driven and uses performance-based assessments to track students’ progress in the respective disciplines. Over the years, we have seen an increase in the academic progress of those students who participate in our program. Research has confirmed that the arts make a significant contribution to helping all students achieve success in school, work and life; LTYC strives to ensure that through its programs and services, a quality arts education is realized in classrooms around Maryland and DC every day...for all students.
I look forward to continued growth and development of this amazing organization. With your wholehearted commitment, we are looking forward to increasing our impact in 2015-2016 and beyond.