Train 4 Life Studios values more than just an active lifestyle. We also pride ourselves in being active within our community. T4L partners with Big Brothers Big Sisters, The Magic House, Webster University, and most recent, Literacy in Family Engagement (L.I.F.E.)
This Fall T4L and my sister Dr. Kelly Byrd of the Shade Tree Family Literacy Program will be collaborating on a pilot literacy initiative to take place in a North Saint Louis City Community with the hopes of one day involving families and communities from the entire City of Saint Louis. The initiative is the STL L.I.F.E. Project and LIFE stands for Literacy In Family Engagement.
The goal of this project is to ultimately transform the ways in which we all come to understand the variety of ways that families can and do engage in literacy everyday. We want to target families and communities in which programming of this nature are limited. What makes this project uniques is that we integrated family fitness and family literacy together…literacy is learning, learning influences communities.
Three objectives of this project are:
- Build upon and expand the opportunities for literacy experiences for black children and families.
- Engage black families in a variety of socially interactive literacy experiences.
- Inspire children and families to celebrate traditions of literacy by creating their own literacy stories.