About Us


Our Vision

Nurture the Child, Strengthen the Family, Rebuild the Community

Our Mission

The Life Center exists to benefit the lives of children and families living in low-income environments through

  • after school academic programs,
  • teen leadership clubs, and
  • parental guidance programs.

Our History

The Life Center began as an outreach program of King’s Park International Church in Durham, North Carolina in 1996, as a community based summer reading program located in the Cornwallis Road public housing community. One year later, the program formed a partnership with Durham Housing Authority to develop a year round academic program. The Life Center grew in enrollment when the after-school academic & mentoring program began assisting participants to achieve academic success beyond the levels historically achieved by community residents. This program is overseen by a Board of Directors comprised of representatives from local church leaders, business leaders, and educators.

Thank you to our Sponsors and Grantors