IMG_8883 copy.jpg

Center of Life is proud to offer a variety of programs to help children from kindergarten to 12th grade learn and thrive. Kids can participate in afterschool tutoring, basketball games, jazz music instruction, or writing and performing their own rap music - there's something for everyone. Fall afterschool programs are currently in session, with the exception of The KRUNK Movement. Auditions for The KRUNK Movement will be held on Tuesday, September 26th and Thursday, September 28th from 5-7pm at 161 Hazelwood Ave. See below or the calendar on our homepage to find program times. Additionally, registration is still open for a limited time for all programs. Please download the registration form below to begin the registration process. 



IMG_8853 copy-7 copy.jpg

Mon – Thurs 4:30 – 6:30pm

134 East Elizabeth Street

 Pittsburgh, PA 15207

If you are interested in signing your child up for Fusion or you would like to get involved as a tutor or volunteer, please call us at (412) 709-6920.

Fusion is an afterschool tutoring and enrichment program for grades K-12. In small group and one-on-one settings, students in Fusion are provided with tutoring and enrichment that is aligned with their school’s math, reading, and science curricula. This program enlists a holistic approach that considers and involves the whole family in relation to the student’s personal and academic success. Fusion tutors bring skills from a variety of backgrounds. Tutors range from Duquesne University students to Hazelwood parents. 




IMG_4624 2 copy-2.jpg

Crossover is a mentoring initiative and recreation program. Program components include a family-style meal, a mentoring lesson, and then an open sports session where students run drills and participate in group activities. Mentoring lessons teach life skills – everything from improving school conduct and communications to managing bullying and peer pressure. This mentoring relationship continues throughout the school day as Crossover staff are based in the Pittsburgh Public Schools, serving as helpers during lunch, hallway transitions, and during arrival and dismissal. To ensure success, students who attend Crossover are required to participate in Fusion as well.  



6:30 - 8:30PM



6:30 – 8:30PM

Propel Schools - Hazelwood 

5401 Glenwood Ave


Minadeo Elementary 

6502 Lilac St



Propel Schools - Hazelwood 

5401 Glenwood Ave




IMG_9769 copy-2.jpg

The KRUNK Movement is a youth “micro-enterprise” designed as a production company.  Students use the five elements of Hip-Hop to communicate messages to peers about mental and physical health while simultaneously learning the basics of the music business –- from creating to performing, thinking, writing, music technology, and all of the in-betweens. With a strong focus on how to be a professional artist in total control of their own economy, the KRUNK Movement is a premier program for the talented and developing high school artist.

Auditions for The KRUNK Movement will be held on Tuesday, September 26th and Thursday, September 28th from 5-7pm at 161 Hazelwood Ave. The program will begin on October 2nd.

Mon, Tues, Wed  3:00 – 7:00PM





IMG_9795 copy 3.jpg



6:30 – 8:00PM



TUES + Thurs

5:30 – 6:30PM



5:30 – 6:30PM


COL Jazz mentors children through music in an environment that creates belonging, significance, and security through an array of rehearsal, recording, and educational resources. Through its ensembles - Jazz Combo, Large Ensemble, and Bucket Band - COL Jazz offers a variety of instructional environments for all ages and skill levels. 

134 East Elizabeth Street

 Pittsburgh, PA 15207


parent engagement


IMG_8582 copy 2.jpg

Parent engagement is vital to Center of Life’s success as an organization because parents and caregivers play a critical role in the health and wellness of a child. We provide families the insight and resources necessary to respond effectively to the opportunities and challenges they face on a daily basis. Throughout the year, COL works hard under the guidance of our Family and Outreach Specialist, a licensed social worker in Pennsylvania, to provide families the knowledge, tools and strategies they need to move from surviving to thriving. Some of the key components of this work include bringing in behavioral specialists and organizing monthly parent gatherings to create a network for shared learning and support. To accomplish this, COL works with a number of community partners including Just Harvest, NeighborWorks, Chatham University, Duquesne University, FamilyLinks and the Consumer Health Coalition.


summer camps


IMG_0466-2 copy.jpg

Center of Life offers a variety of summer opportunities for children. Voices summer camp is offered free-of-charge and provides approximately 160 youth of all ages the opportunity to express their voice for six weeks each summer, five days a week. Programming is highly defined and provides a healthy, active, safe place for parents to send their children. COL Jazz camp is a full immersion program allowing many amateur musicians an accessible venue to further their individual skills and experience.  KRUNK recruits students through audition to participate in a job training program where they are compensated for their training and weekly performances that are presented to the community free-of-charge.


community projects


IMG_1171 copy 3.jpg

Center of Life has been located in the Hazelwood neighborhood of Pittsburgh for the last sixteen years, and is deeply rooted in the Hazelwood community. We routinely spearhead projects and events that aim to bring the Hazelwood community together and show the world what a welcoming and loving community it is. These projects range from festivals to exhibits to building renovation projects - what brings all these projects together is our love of our community and our desire to make it a better place.