Although the economic plight of families that HTCMLI serves has not changed, the once blighted area where the institute is located has undergone tremendous transformation into a vibrant area filled with restaurants, bars and luxury apartments. The HTCMLI program is being challenged by significant increases in operating expenses such as rent and taxes while funding that previously supported HTCMLI have waned.
As Chief Instructor and Founder, Abdur-Rahim Muhammad is Sifu which means teacher/father. Most of the young males in HTCMLI’s program come from households headed by single mothers and have very little positive interaction with adult males as either mentors, role models, or father figures.
This much-needed out-of-school program provides a positive reinforcement, mentoring and guidance. Through intense physical training students develop discipline, focus, concentration and poise. Students also learn the correlation between sacrifice, practice, patience and personal mastery, skills needed to navigate difficult home environments.
HTCMLI provides a unique cultural bridge between the Asian and African American communities through performances of Lion and Dragon dance in large venues, such as the Kennedy Center to intimate gatherings that include Chinese weddings and Lunar New Year events. HTCMLI’s martial arts and dance activities engage at-risk youth in understanding how physical fitness and eating habits impacts one’s potential for success.
Please consider partnering with us to enable the great work of empowering our children towards living meaningful lives can continue. The programs at HTCMLI have helped countless children develop into educated and culturally-aware professionals lead productive and healthy lives.
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