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

LTS includes multiple community service projects, St. Louis excursions, fascinating speakers and discussions, and amazing memories. The schedule is full, and at the end of the day you will feel accomplished, inspired and eager for another day of fun, powerful conversations and memorable experiences.

By the end of LTS, you’ll have seen the “real” St. Louis, broadened and deepened your understanding of pressing social justice issues, built a network of like-minded friends, and gained a solid connection to the Gephardt Institute for Civic and Community Engagement as well as opportunities for continued involvement throughout the year.

If you choose to join us for the LTS adventure, plan to bring grubby clothes because you might be doing yard work, painting, or other community service projects that require you to get your hands dirty!

Also, be sure to sign up for your FREE U-Pass, as we’ll be travelling via MetroLink on the last day of the program.

For more information, please contact Cara Johnson.

LTS 2017 Schedule


8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Check-in – Welcome!
5:30 p.m. Icebreakers & Teambuilders
Counselor welcome
Dinner & ice cream on the Loop with your small group


7:45 a.m. Meet counselors at Clocktower & walk to the DUC
8 a.m. Breakfast with participants in your small group teams
8:45 a.m. First Impressions (Philip Deitch)
9:30 a.m. Small group debrief
10:00 a.m. City Faces presentation (Bob Hansman)
12:00 p.m. Lunch, small group discussion, and solar eclipse viewing!

Community Engagement 101

2:00 p.m. Full group service project
5:15 p.m. Break
7:00 p.m. Campus SLAM
7:30 p.m. Dinner at Ursa’s Patio and Breakouts 
8:45 p.m. Teambuilder (an LTS favorite!)


7:30 a.m. Meet counselors at Clocktower & walk to the DUC
7:45 a.m. Breakfast
St. Louis Exposition
9:30 a.m. Small group service projects
1:15 p.m. Lunch on South Grand, Play in Tower Grove Park
3:45 p.m. Gather at Tower Grove Park to load buses
6:45 p.m. Poverty T.R.A.P. Training (Teaching Realities About Poverty)
9:30 p.m. Dinner & small group discussion


8:00 a.m. Breakfast in Ursa’s
9:00 a.m. Small group service projects
1:00 p.m. Lunch & play at City Museum (return via MetroLink)
4:00 p.m. Evaluations
6:00 p.m. Dinner & Reflection on LTS
7:15 p.m. Gephardt and Staff SLAM
8:15 p.m. Small group discussion & photos
10:00 p.m. Counselor Farewell & Liz Barry Memorial Award
10:45 p.m. Goodbye & Good Luck!

Participant Quotes

“An incredible and life-changing experience that everyone with the opportunity should take advantage of.”

“An amazing, eye opening experience that will make you see urban life for what it really is and, more importantly, it will make you want to make a difference.”

“This was such a wonderful, enlightening, and welcoming experience that really can’t be matched.”

“It is an enriching experience that introduces you to St. Louis like no other program. It really helps you to come out of the WU bubble and experience the whole different world out there just right around the corner.”

“LTS has 100% changed my outlook on the way I want to live my life. In a perfect situation, I would want everyone I know to go through an experience like LTS – engage with the community, hear about really tough issues, gain a deeper and more complex understanding of the causes and effects of poverty. LTS rocks!”

“Extremely informative, gives students more compassion, helps students understand poverty on a new level, gives students the drive to help and promote change, gives students a more intimate relationship with the real St. Louis, gives students the opportunity to acquire some familiar faces before orientation begins, eases the transition into college.”

“A jam-packed, hilarious and eye-opening three days of community service in and around campus.”

“A fun-filled way to get involved at WU early and see the city in a new light.”

“”LTS meant so much more to me than simply performing community service. It engaged me in the Wash U and St. Louis communities, connected me with amazing peers with similar goals and priorities, taught me about the purpose and deeper meaning of service, and was the best introduction to my four years at Wash U that I could have asked for.””

“It is a great program that balances fun service projects with interesting and meaningful conversation. You will learn a lot about the St. Louis community, the WU community, and yourself.”

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Meet the LTS 2017 Staff!

Seth Coven '19 (summer intern)
Emma Luten '19
Maya Coyle '19

Yona Feit 20'

Campbell Eshlemann 20'

Austin Tolani 20'

Abby Coco 20'

Preston Tasoff 20'

John Almeida 20'

Rebecca Shaevitz 20'

Ben Muller 20'

Katie Roop 20'

Andrew Kocins 20'

Karina Carcamo 20'

Hayden Reynolds 20'

Eve Wallack 20'

Kentrell Jamison 20'