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Mission "To inspire and prepare the next generation of innovators and problem-solvers by providing high-quality STEAM education & Wellness programs to underrepresented youth. Our mission is to bridge the opportunity gap by equipping young people with the knowledge, skills, and confidence they need to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering, and math."

Purpose Learning Lab, Inc (PLL) is a non-profit organization that is committed to investing in youth, children, and families through education, wellness, and mentorship to create agents of change. We provide programming during non-school hours such as: after-school enrichment, tutoring, and vocational training for minority students and families in the RDU area.  Our programs are designed to not only inspire young adults, but empower them with tools needed to contribute in a greater way to their community and families while building their self-esteem.

Purpose Learning Lab Youth preforming science experiments
Purpose Learning Lab Youth
Purpose Learning Lab Youth
Purpose Learning Lab Youth getting tutored
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About Us

 Our organization opened our doors in 2020 to provide learning opportunities during non-school hours to narrow the gap and create equitable enrichment solutions for youth, children, and families who reside in rural and underserved communities. Next to our STEAM infused enrichment opportunities, we provide private tutoring, mentorship, and mental health services to provide social-emotional supports for students and their well being. According to research, children and youth who reside in economically disadvantaged households and who live in low- resource, urban neighborhoods are more likely to lose ground in reading and math over the summer than their middle- and upper-income peers. These children and youth also often come from ethnic minority backgrounds. Since the onset of our program, we have made a commitment to help youth discover endless possibilities through our life changing STEAM Infused enrichment & wellness programs.  




 Our Approach

We provide a number of curriculum-enhanced drop in programs during non-school hours designed to promote learning and innovation in a safe and secure environment that will challenge your child to think outside the "box!" What sets us apart from our competitors is access to our diverse STEAM Infused enrichment opportunities while you work, shop, run errands, have business meetings, attend a doctor’s appointment or simply take a moment to yourself. From hourly care, to daily and weekly service during non-school hours, Purpose Learning Lab has all your families needs in one place! 

What We Offer

We provide Drop In STEAM Infused Learning Labs for Children by the hour or for the whole day, Summer Camp, Before & After School, Track-Out, Parent & Child Wellness Workshops, Mental Health Counseling, Mentorship, Virtual Learning Labs, Empowerment Seminars, Wellness Retreats, Yoga/Meditation, Business Coaching, Tutoring, In Class Field Trips, and Test Prep to Bridge Education Gaps. 

We also host date nights, birthday parties, event space rentals, and childcare during most school closings. In addition our trademarked programs listed above, we invite you to take advantage of one of our life changing adult events.

Meet The Founder, Staff, & Community Partners

Myishanka (Mya) McMillian, Founder

MyiShanka (Mya ) McMillian,


Alton Mosley, Coding Facilitator & Grant Writer

Alton Moseley        
Coding Facilitator & Grant Writer 

Portrait of Middle Aged Woman

Wilma Herdon
Literacy Coach & Saturday Academy Facilitator
Retired Teacher

Adrian Cropps, Van Driver & Fleet Supervisor

Adrian Cropps 
Van Driver & Fleet Supervisor

Stephanie Marshall, After school Director

Stephanie Marshall,  
Afterschool Director & Quality Assurance Manager 


Kamya Martin, Program Liveration Leader & Dance Facilitator

Kamya Martin 
Program Liberation Leader &  Dance Facilitator

Nia Terry, Saturday Academy Facilitator

Nia Terry 
Saturday Academy Facilitator

Young Man

Jordany Pena
Van Driver 

Crystal Graham, Finance Director/ Human Resources

Crystal Graham 
Finance Director/ Human Resources   Crystal


Zione Oliver, Financial Literacy Facilitator

Zione Oliver,  
Financial Literacy Facilitator & 
Program Liberation Leader

Studio Portrait

Dameona Lassiter
Classroom Floater & Art Facilitator

Marcus Sykes, On-call Van Driver

 Marcus Sykes
On-Call Van Driver

Meet The Board of Directors

MyiShanka McMillian, Executive Director

MyiShanka McMillian
Executive Director

ShaQuita Canty, Secretary
Joseph Foster, Senior Advisor

Joseph Foster

Senior Advisor 

Business Woman Smiling
Angela Cropps, Vice President

Angela Cropps
Vice President

Shilanka Ware, Board Member

ShaQuita Canty,

Crystal Lassiter

Shilanka Ware

Board Member Attorney

Meet Our Life Changing Community Partners

Evelyn Semidey, Wellness Coordinator

Evelyn Semidey 

Wellness Coordinator

The Empress Haven, PLLC

Dominique McIntire, Recreation Facilitator

Dominique McIntire 

Mac N Motion

Recreation Facilitator

Dr. Lyon Mitchell, Mental Health Director

Dr. Iyon Mitchell
Drug Abuse, Prevention, and Mental Health Director

Torian Jones, Yoga Instructor

Torian Jones

Virtual Yoga Instructor


Elliot Palmer, Mental Health Director

Elliot Palmer

Drug Abuse, Prevention, and Mental Health Director

Tim Jackson, Youth mentor

Tim Jackson

Youth Mentor, Spoken Word, & Character Education Facilitator- 

 Soul Redemption Ink

Tamette Farrington, Nc Idea

Tamette Farrington

 NC IDEA Icehouse Facilitator, Entrepreneurship 

Ivy Baker
Parent Liason

Ivy Baker, Parent Liaison

Meet Our Amazing Volunteers

Tyree Green, Volunteer

Tyree Green

Julia Lhotellier, Volunteer

Julia Lhotellier

Jaliyah Semper, Volunteer

Jaliyah Semper

Sherponice Tate, Volunteer

Sherponice Tate

Cariyah Scippion, Volunteer

Cariyah Scippio

Our Life Changing Partners

Purpose Learning Lab is proud to announce our 2022-2023 Partnerships. 

Purpose Learning Lab invites Organizations and Corporations to help Youth affected by COVID19. Our goal is to provide scholarships to offset/fully fund the cost for children/youth to receive tutoring, youth empowerment seminars, attend Summer Camp, After-school, and Drop In Enrichment Opportunities that will bridge education gaps due to COVID19.

Make a difference & Donate today! 

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Hands of Purpose Childcare

North Carolina Central University

Hope Valley Elementary School

East Way Elementary 

Love To Serve Tennis Fondation

T'Farri Solutions & The Think Garden

The  Empress Haven, PLLC

Mr. Cutz Barbershop 

Glambitious Cosmetics 

Thank You for helping us Change the Trajectory of our Youth!!

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