Leadership Through Service


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


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


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


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


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 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'


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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