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The Hickmans--Shawn and Holly are the Co-founders and visionaries, utilizing their combined respective experiences to establish Learning-Healing Institute, Inc, that with ONE unifying purpose—to restore and enhance male youth (13-17 years of age) with redirection in an alternative residential educational facility.

The LHI residential educational facility is designed within the framework of educational psychology, re-entry and redemption, business acumen and educational leadership theories, and so much more!!!! It is created to conduct whole child approach in restorative justice, social and civic-mindedness, community and home leadership, as well as spiritual, academic, social progress and public presentation and youth advocacy.

Another component of LHI is the mentoring group developed to serve 18-25 year old young men as a dedication to their late son, Shawn Hickman, Jr. The mentoring group is designed to redevelop, provide emotional safe space where young men find VALUE IN HIS NARRATIVE, and to affirm experiences to create change agents—wholesome, productive, respectful and positive men in and of their community.

Shawn Hickman, Sr. is a product of public schools in Baltimore, MD, and college experience in Accounting, Mathematics, and Finance, while Holly Fisher-Hickman holds an advanced degree in leadership in educational administration with other degrees in History and Public History, respectively. They are both committed, consecrated, and creatively working with young people—in all aspects of their life, together.

The Hickmans—serve as the Chief Executive and Academic Officer and Chief Facilities Officer and co-directors of the business and LHI campus; they are proud parents of one adult daughter and three loving grandsons and a newborn granddaughter..

Our Mission

The Learning-Healing Institute’s vision is to provide a home-like structure and environment that will;


  • Increase individual self-worth

  • Enhance natural talents and skills

  • Empower individuals to become productive citizens

  • Encourage active participation in changing the student home communities for the better.

Our Goal

The Learning-Healing Institute serves as a year-round, secured, alternative (solution) residential facility, designed to meet the needs of youth, who experience problems adjusting to adolescence, which may be manifested in petty criminal behavior.  It is the intent of the institution to redirect the actions, value system, character, and skills into a productive person, and a change agent within his community.

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