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. During the school year, there are also weekly meetings for parents and guardians to share their experiences and gain access to more resources.

See registration form below to find Fall 2018 program times. Center of Life's Fall 2018 programs will begin October 1. 

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) 447-8734 |

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 a family-style meal as well as academic help and activities that are 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. Transportation home from the program is available for Hazelwood families.





Crossover is a recreational program for grades K-12 that reiterates academic skills and character building through athletic and hands-on activities. Transportation to the program from Fusion is available, as well as transportation home for Hazelwood families. 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

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.


Minadeo Elementary 

6502 Lilac St



Propel Schools - Hazelwood 

5401 Glenwood Ave


Contact: Malcolm Carrington | (412) 521-3468





The KRUNK Movement is a youth “micro-enterprise” and production company in which students in grades 9-12 learn the professionalism required to succeed in the music industry as well as the financial skills necessary to manage their own careers. Students utilize their skill and interest in songwriting, beatmaking, production, technology, and dance to convey positive messages about mental and physical health to their peers. Senior Dancers are in grades 9-12 and practice as part of The KRUNK Movement.

Mon, Wed, and Thurs  4:00 – 7:00PM


Contact: Luc Mickens | (412) 521-3468 |





Our dance program grew out of The KRUNK Movement, but as of 2018 it now extends from grades 3-12. 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)

monday  5:30 –6:30PM

134 East Elizabeth St., Pittsburgh, PA 15207






grades 3-5

mon + wed

5:30 – 6:30PM


grades 6-8


5:30 – 7:30PM


grades k-2


5:30 – 6:30PM


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

Contact: Julian Powell | (412) 521-3468  |

134 East Elizabeth Street

 Pittsburgh, PA 15207


parent engagement



Family 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 under the guidance of our Family Engagement Coordinator 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 weekly parent meetings 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.


weekly parent meeting

thursday 5:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

134 e. elizabeth st., PITTSBURGH, PA 15207

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


Family engagement office hours

Monday 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM, 2:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Tuesday 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM, 2:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Wednesday 11:00 AM - 1:30 PM, 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Thursday 11:00 AM - 1:30 PM

Friday 11:30 AM - 2:00 PM, 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

134 E. Elizabeth St., Pittsburgh, PA 15207


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.

Voices Camp is open to students entering grades K-12. Enrolled youth will participate in a variety of hands-on and interactive STEAM activities and are served breakfast, lunch, and snack daily. $10 registration fee per household. Monday – Friday • 8:30 AM – 3:30 PM

COL Jazz Camp is for students who are interested in working on a team to acquire or improve their musical skills in the areas of rock, jazz, swing, and Latin music styles. Open to students in grades 4-12. No audition required. Registration fee is $250 fee but many scholarships are available. Monday – Friday • 8:30 AM – 3:30 PM

COL Basketball League is open to boys and girls ages 6-17, and practices every Tuesday and Wednesday from 6-8 PM at Lewis Playground. $10 registration fee per household (unless already registered for Voices or Jazz). Tuesday & Wednesday • 6 PM – 8 PM

Star Camp is open to talented teen MCs, dancers, producers, instrumentalists, graphic designers, and videographers who can join now and potentially be a part of The KRUNK Movement in the Fall. The students are compensated for their training and weekly performances, which are presented to the community free-of-charge. Monday – Friday • 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM

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