Leadership Through Service (LTS) is one of the university’s annual pre-orientation programs for new students. 90 new students join a student staff of sophomores and juniors who loved LTS so much they decided to come back and pave the way for the next generation of participants.

What to Expect

Leadership Through Service offers an amazing opportunity to explore and engage with the greater St. Louis community during your transition to college life at WashU. Upperclassmen counselors will lead small group teams through daily community service projects, excursions into the city, presentations from local community members, and inspiring discussions about civic and community engagement. LTS offers the perfect combination of eye-opening experiences and pure fun! Most importantly, the program lets you learn about the place that will become your home for the next four years. You will deepen your understanding of pressing social justice issues while making incredible friendships and sustainable connections by learning about the opportunities to get involved in the community throughout your time in school.

The LTS program is led by the Gephardt Institute for Civic and Community Engagement, whose mission is to cultivate engaged citizens, connect campus and community, and catalyze positive change to foster thriving communities.

For more information, contact  wuleadershipthroughservice@gmail.com.

Cost per participant: $315. Scholarships through the First Year Center are available.

LTS 2018 Schedule

Sunday, August 19

8 a.m.-5 p.m. Check-in, welcome, and pre-orientation move-in
5:30-9 p.m. -Meet at Clocktower for icebreakers and team builders
-Introductions with counselors and staff
-Dinner & ice cream on the Loop with small group teams

Monday, August 20

7:45 a.m. Meet counselors at Clocktower (walk to BD for breakfast)
8 a.m. Breakfast with participants with small group teams
8:45 a.m. First impressions discussion (Philip Deitch)
10 a.m. Small group debrief
10:30 a.m. City Faces presentation (Bob Hansman)
12:30 p.m. Lunch, Community Engagement 101, St. Louis exploration, and small group discussions
1:45 p.m. Small group service projects
5 p.m. Presentation by Bob Hansman at Ivory Perry Park
6 p.m. Small group reflection and individual goal setting
7 p.m. Community Partner SLAM and Dinner
9 p.m. Team builder – small group commmercials

Tuesday, August 21

7:30 a.m. Meet counselors at Clocktower (walk to BD for breakfast)
7:45 a.m. Breakfast
8:30 a.m. Campus Partner SLAM
10 a.m. Small group service projects
1:15 p.m. Lunch on South Grand, group activities in Tower Grove Park
3:00 p.m. Gather at Tower Grove Park to load buses
5:30 p.m. Faces of Poverty check-in and orientation to simulation
6-9 p.m. Faces of Poverty simulation at City Hall (return to campus)
9:30 p.m. Simple dinner and small group discussion

Wednesday, August 22

8 a.m. Breakfast in BD
9 a.m. Small group service projects
1 p.m. Lunch and play at City Museum (return via Metrolink)
4 p.m. Program Evaluation (computer lab)
6 p.m. Closing Reflection Activity in the Gargoyle
6:30 p.m. Dinner
7 p.m. Gephardt and LTS Counselor SLAM
8 p.m. Liz Barry Memorial Award recipient speaks
10:15-10:45 p.m. Counselor farewell, goodbye, and good luck!

Meet the LTS 2018 Staff!


Karina Carcamo ’20 (Summer Intern)

Abby Coco ’20

Andrew Kocins ’20


Abbie Wolfe ’21

Allison Murphy ’21

Auriann Sehi ’21

Austin Moulder ’21

Fengbo(Bob) Zhao ’21

Hannah Shanes ’21

Ibura DeHaan ’21

Jaida Dalton ’21

Katie Jackson ’21

Mitch Brunner ’21

Rachel Katz ’21

Rebecca Greenstein ’21

Sari Bircoll ’21

Sean O’ Connell ’21