Who We Are

 

We are a youth organization serving high achieving underprivileged youth

Our motto is Building Character In The Next Generation

“The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character – that is the goal of true education.”
 – Martin Luther King, Jr.
 

 

Our Mission

We enrich youth ages thirteen to nineteen in the community by establishing faith-based programs that build character while raising their academic aspirations.
 

Our Impact

    • Way Truth & Life Youth Outreach. (WTL) is a 501c3 non-profit youth organization founded by Stephna Lassegue in January 2010. Since our inception, we have been a pinnacle in the local community, offering philanthropic services and resources to the less fortunate.
    • During the 2010 through 2013 calendar years, WTL collaborated with The Divine Learning Pre-College Academy, which is a summer intensive program that operates in Miami Gardens, Florida. The program impacted the lives of over 44 high school students through academic support, college/university tours, college survival information sessions and leadership development programs.
    • In 2011 and 2012 WTL joined forces with the Superintendent of the Broward County Juvenile Detention Center, where we volunteered over 52 hours every Saturday to mentor young female detainees. WTL provided educational activities to ensure that those within the facility were less likely to become repeat offenders and would have the tools to change their lives for the better.
    • WTL was afforded the opportunity to launch its services in New York City, in early 2014. Volunteering our time within local schools and churches to provide mentoring services. To date, WTL has served over 100 middle and high school students in South Florida and New York City.
    • In the Fall of 2016, The organization instituted its Way Truth & Life Dove Scholarship Fund, which made it possible for six high achieving recipients to receive a scholarship award in 2017. In 2017, we partnered with Junior Achievement of New York to offer financial literacy courses to our students.
    • Our efforts go beyond the educational spectrum as we began feeding the homeless in downtown South Florida in January 2011. Hot full course meals, prepared by one of our outreach volunteers have fed over 18,000 individuals. In 2016 a local Chick-fil-A Operator, graciously partnered with our organization.

 

Scholarships

High school seniors can apply for our scholarship below.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          
The WTL Dove Scholarship Criteria

Applicants must meet the following qualifications:
  • Applicant must be a high school senior when applying
  • Applicant must be a U.S. Citizen
  • Applicant must reside in South Florida (Broward and Dade Counties) or New York City (Brooklyn, Bronx, Queens, Staten Island and Manhattan)
  • Applicant must have a 2.5 cumulative GPA
  • Applicant must plan to attend a four year college or university that will culminate with their Bachelor’s Degree
  • Applicant must plan on being a college full-time undergraduate student, enrolled in minimum 12 credits per semester

The application and all supplemental documents are due by 11:59PM (EST), Wednesday, May 31, 2018
Incomplete applications will not be considered

Click Here to Apply for the WTL Dove Scholarship

Recipients
Selection is based upon academic achievement, community service, financial need and personal data.
WTL Dove Scholarship Recipients are eligible to renew their scholarship award each academic year, for up to four years of college.

Financial Aid
You and your parents should consider completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) as soon as possible after January 1 of the year you want to enroll in college. The form is available online at www.fafsa.ed.gov. This site includes a link to the FAFSA4caster, a tool to learn about the financial aid process and get an early estimate of your eligibility for federal student aid.
After you send in the FAFSA, the government will send you, and the colleges you apply to, your Student Aid Report (SAR). Your SAR explains how much aid you will need to go to college and how much you and your family will be expected to pay.

Volunteers

We are always recruiting new volunteers

  • WTL is always seeking volunteers. If you are excited about what we do and want to get involved, we offer different volunteer opportunities for individuals or businesses interested in working directly with students or supporting the general operations of the organization.
  • WTL is seeking Year-Round Mentors, Tutors, support with Social Media, Photography, Event Management, Grant Writing, Fundraising and assistance with day-to-day operations.
  • Please note that only some WTL volunteer opportunities require that you live in or close to one of the cities where we serve.
  • If you would like more information on how to become a volunteer, please email us at:  volunteer@wt-l.org
  • Thank you, for your interest in WTL!

Give

Your donation directly supports our programs

  • Way Truth & Life Youth Outreach Inc. is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization and all donations are tax-deductible.
  • Help enrich the lives of youth living in under-privileged neighborhoods by making a donation today.
  • A $35 donation provides a care package to one college freshman to encourage and help them acclimate to their new college environment
  • A $275 donation will aid one student attend a series of workshops to equip them with the tools and resources they need to have a smooth transition from high school into the real world
  • A $1000 donation provides one student with a one year academic scholarship

Testimony: Our program, “Is a chance to end the cycle of poverty in my family and an opportunity for me to go to college and graduate with the tools that I need to change the world and the circumstances around me.”

–Grace Deas, 2017 WTL Dove Scholarship Recipient




Contact

We are available to answer any questions and we will respond as soon as possible