LifeWise StL Young Scholars Program

Operating from September to May, the LifeWise StL Young Scholars Program serves 60 children, blending robust academic support with diverse extracurriculars, nutritious meals, and comprehensive well-being services. The initiative, complemented by strategic local partnerships and dedicated staff development, ensures a holistic educational experience.

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

56 under-resourced 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