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, athletic activities, jazz music instruction, or writing and performing their own rap music - there's something for everyone. During the school year, there are also weekly meetings for parents and guardians to share their experiences and gain access to more resources.

If you have questions about programs or would like more information about the registration process, please contact our Director of Programs, Joy Cannon, at or (412) 521-3468. Contact information for program coordinators is also provided below. 





Mon – Thurs 4:30 – 6:30pm

134 East Elizabeth Street

 Pittsburgh, PA 15207

Contact: Sarah Crawshaw | (412) 521-3468

Ali McMutrie | (412) 521-3468

Fusion provides homework assistance, tutoring, educational enrichment activities, and a meal for youth in grades K-12. In coordination with Pittsburgh Public Schools, Duquesne University, and other academic and community partners, students are exposed to interactive, developmentally-appropriate activities focused on the areas of science, technology, engineering, the arts, and math.





Crossover is a recreational initiative that impacts the life skills, academics, and overall achievement of participating students. Program components include mentoring lessons, sports drills aligned with school curricula, teen nights, field trips, and open play. Mentoring lessons teach life skills — everything from improving school conduct and communications, to managing bullying and peer pressure, to avoiding destructive behaviors, to good decision-making skills. 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.

Location: 134 E. Elizabeth St.


Mon & Wed

6:30 - 8:30PM



6:30 – 8:30PM

In Spring of 2018, former Steeler Will Allen paid Crossover a visit! The students enjoyed talking to him about peer pressure and the importance of working hard at school to achieve your dreams.

In Spring of 2018, former Steeler Will Allen paid Crossover a visit! The students enjoyed talking to him about peer pressure and the importance of working hard at school to achieve your dreams.


Contact: Malcolm Carrington | (412) 521-3468

Ali McMutrie | (412) 521-3468





Visit the krunk movement’s homepage

The KRUNK Movement is a youth production company for students in grades 9-12 focusing on the elements of hip-hop through dance, song production, and visual art. By exploring past and current events, KRUNK’s music engages its listeners by discussing the importance of social justice and promoting positive mental and physical wellness. The program is designed as a “micro-enterprise” and teaches students the skills and professionalism needed to succeed in the music industry.

Mon – Thurs | 4:00 – 7:00PM


Contact: Joy Cannon | (412) 521-3468 |





Our dance program grew out of The KRUNK Movement. Junior Dancers are in grades 3-8 and have their own practice time, while Senior Dancers are part of The KRUNK Movement (see above for times and location).

Junior dance (grades 3-8)

Tuesday  5:00 –6:00PM

Location: 134 East Elizabeth St., Pittsburgh, PA 15207

Contact: Jazmine Bailey

(412) 521-3468 |






grades 3-5

mon + wed

5:30 – 6:30PM


grades 6-12


5:30 – 7:30PM


grades k-2


5:30 – 6:30PM


COL Jazz mentors young musicians using a tailored approach that builds upon each student’s individual skill level. With three ensembles — Combo, Large Ensemble, and Bucket Band — COL Jazz offers a variety of instruction for students in grades K-12. 

Contact: Roger Romero | (412) 521-3468  |

Location: 134 East Elizabeth Street


parent engagement



COL recognizes the critical role parents and caregivers play in the overall health and wellness of a child and provides families the insight and resources necessary to respond effectively to the opportunities and challenges they face on a daily basis. Family Engagement works under the guidance of our Family Engagement Coordinator to provide families with 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, organizing weekly parent meetings to create a network for shared learning and support, and counseling sessions.


weekly parent meeting

(Date and Time TBD)

134 e. elizabeth st., PITTSBURGH, PA 15207

Contact: Geraldine Massey | (412) 521-3468 |





Replication Programs

Center of Life’s replication programs provide students of all ages and skill levels with an opportunity to create and engage with highly interactive music lessons that encourage school attendance, academic excellence, pursuit of knowledge, and civic engagement. While enrolled, students of diverse cultural backgrounds are encouraged and given the tools to express their experiences and talents to achieve academic, social, and creative success. Our replication students regularly exceed Pittsburgh Promise standards for both school attendance rate and average GPA. Whether a school-wide performance, one-time classroom lesson, or ongoing workshop, COL engages students in jazz and hip-hop lessons that encourage a love of learning!

The KRUNK Movement – Elements of Hip-Hop (grades 4-12)

Hip-hop cannot be underestimated as an academic tool: it is currently the most influential method of communication with and among youth. In this ongoing program, students will explore all elements of hip-hop including technology, production, songwriting, dance, and instrumentation. These elements naturally lend themselves to teaching the skills necessary for a modern education and civic engagement: computer literacy, research, communication, and social awareness. Students are encouraged to create a final product that encompasses their interests and talents. Previous final projects include recorded music, choreography, and music videos.


The KRUNK Movement – Seminar (grades 6-12)

Tailored for students and schools with limited availabilities, these one-time sessions explore an issue related to social justice and/or mental/physical health and discuss how messages around this issue are created within music and art. Among the topics available for this format are feminism and gender studies, youth empowerment, Afro-American history and culture, and intellectual property. Next, under the guidance of our professional teaching artists, students participate in a workshop, learning to use their own creative voices and abilities to create and share a positive message. Workshop components are customizable and are an excellent supplementary resource for many classes including Civics, History, Philosophy, Sociology, and Women’s Studies, among others. This workshop is also available for activity periods or after-school sessions.

COL Jazz – Music and Culture (grades K-12)

Choose your own cultural, geographic, or historic focus and our instructors will help students understand it through the lens of music. Through a thorough analysis of lyrics, instruments, and techniques of the time, students will gain a deeper understanding of relevant technology and art. Examples of applicable courses include History, Geography, Civics, and any language course.

COL Jazz – Make an Instrument (grades K-6)

Our Make an Instrument workshop allows students to explore a unique intersection of music and technology – that is, the science of acoustics. By using supplies such as PVC pipes, gravel, coffee cans, and crystal glasses, students will be able to discuss how different materials contribute to varying sounds and frequencies.

Performances (all ages)

In addition to our afterschool programs, Center of Life offers live performances from our three bands: The KRUNK Movement, COL Jazz Pro Band, and COL Jazz Student Band. To book one of our bands for your event, please visit our Booking page.


summer camps



Center of Life offers a variety of summer opportunities for kids K-12. Each program runs for five weeks each summer, five days a week. This year, summer camps will be held from Monday, June 24 to Friday, July 26. A mandatory Parent Orientation will be held on Thursday, June 20, 2019 from 6 - 7:30 p.m. at the Spartan Community Center (134 E. Elizabeth St., Pittsburgh, PA 15207).

Camp Hazelwood - At Camp Hazelwood, students in kindergarten to 8th grade participate in a variety of engaging S.T.E.A.M. and recreational activities. Breakfast, lunch, and a snack are served daily. This year’s field trips include the South Park Wave Pool, North Park Pool, Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium, Carnegie Science Center, Triple B Farms, and The Mattress Factory Museum.  $10 registration fee per household. Monday – Friday • 8:30 AM – 3:30 PM

COL Jazz Camp - COL Jazz Camp offers vocal and instrumental instruction for students in grades 4-12. With the support of professional jazz musicians, students participate in daily group rehearsals and private lessons in a variety of music styles. Students also collaborate weekly with STAR Camp to host Live on Second, a free concert series. No audition required. Registration fee is $250 fee but many scholarships are available. Monday – Friday • 8:30 AM – 3:30 PM

COL Basketball League - COL Basketball League is open to boys and girls grades 6-12, and is held at Lewis Playground. Tuesdays are dedicated to practice time, while Wednesdays are game days, when students compete against other neighborhood teams. $10 registration fee per household (unless already registered for Camp Hazelwood or COL Jazz Camp). Tuesday & Wednesday • 6 PM – 8 PM

Star Camp - Star Camp is a production-intensive program for students in grades 9-12 who are interested in honing their skills as MCs, dancers, producers, instrumentalists, graphic designers, and videographers. Students are compensated for their training and weekly performances. Auditions required. Monday – Friday • 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Contact: Joy Cannon | (412) 521-3468 |