LifeWise StL Young Scholars Program

From September to May, the LifeWise StL Young Scholars Program dedicates itself to nurturing the minds of 60 children. A key focus of our program is enhancing literacy, with dedicated efforts to bolster reading and writing skills. Our goal is to ensure that each child emerges as a confident reader and an effective communicator.

Our robust academic support is complemented by a variety of extracurricular activities. These activities are designed to foster well-rounded development, enriching the educational experience of our young scholars.

In addition to educational pursuits, the program also focuses on the physical and mental well-being of the children. Nutritious meals and comprehensive well-being services form an integral part of our holistic approach.

The success of our program is further amplified through strategic local partnerships and a commitment to ongoing staff development. These elements work together to guarantee a nurturing and enriching educational environment for every young scholar in our care.

Our After School Program operates Monday through Friday, 3:30 – 6:00 p.m. on the same schedule as St. Louis Public Schools.

Who We Serve

60 children who attend elementary and middle schools and reside in neighborhoods on the south side of St. Louis City (primarily in zip codes 63104, 63111, 63116 and 63118).

Program Highlights

Academic Enrichment

  • Provide an academically-focused environment conducive to homework help and supplemental educational curriculum and activities.
  • Provide academic enrichment through a curriculum of best practices to prepare students to perform at grade level and above on state MAP tests.
  • Provide one-on-one private tutoring through a partnership with the St. Louis Learning Disabilities Association for those assessed as in need.

Safety and Well-being

  • Provide a safe and supervised environment for children to engage in constructive activities.
  • Provide a healthy dinner and activities to improve students’ health and promote their physical growth.
  • Provide individual and/or group therapy for those assessed as in need.

Extracurricular Opportunities

  • Provide a variety of activities based on students’ interests and strengths. At least one field trip is taken per semester.
  • Enhance learning through partnerships with the St. Louis Science Center, Freedom Arts & Education Center, and Washington University Beat Therapy.

Logistics and Support

  • Provide free transportation for students from school and to home as needed.
  • Offer professional development to staff to refine skill sets, understand best practices, and optimize the learning environment.

Contact Us

For more information, please contact:

Abdul-Rasheed Ajayi, Director of Young Scholars Program