Immersive Service Learning & Social Justice Education

The Urban Forum at LifeWise StL provides professional guidance in social justice education through immersive service learning. We provide these opportunities to churches, schools, corporations and other organizations by offering two programs that are held on location at LifeWise StL or held at your location.

Programming held on Location at LifeWise StL

Our foundational program – Urban Forum – provides volunteer groups with the opportunity to serve within our early childhood, youth development and family development programs. Service projects are paired with curriculum designed to help participants gain a greater understanding of issues facing those who live in poverty and on the margins of society. We offer programming ranging from a few hours to a full week. For groups present for more than one day, LifeWise StL provides accommodations so that they can reside in the community for the duration of the experience.

Programming held at your Location

LifeWise StL expanded Urban Forum programming to include the Traveling Reflection & Immersion Program (TRIP). This allows our staff to come to your church, school, corporation, nonprofit or other organization to lead interactive workshops. Programming ranges from a few hours to full day workshops geared towards facilitating dialogue in order that participants gain a better understanding of issues such as poverty, food insecurity, racism and educational disparities, to name a few.

Ready to Learn More?

If your group is interested in learning more about an immersion experience with us, please contact Dan Richter, Director of Volunteer Engagement & Service Learning, at or 314-627-1233.