YourWords STL is an all volunteer, after-school, tutoring organization dedicated to teaching St. Louis youth how to amplify one's voice through writing.
In this particular volunteer program, we meet each Wednesday from 4:00 -5:30 PM at the Marygrove campus located in Florissant, MO, on 44 beautiful acres overlooking the Missouri river. Marygrove is a school and residence with therapeutic programming for children all over St. Louis who have been abandoned or abused and have nowhere else to turn.
We tutor a group of young men, ages 16 -19. Each week we do about 30 minutes of general homework help according to the student's needs that day, followed by a 45-minute writing exercise led by one of our published authors/poets. Tutors do NOT need to be experienced writers or teachers. We are seeking a wide variety of backgrounds; an enthusiasm for reading and writing and compassion for under-served youth are the basic requirements for tutoring with YourWords STL.
We will provide tutor orientation, and our creative writing program director will lead the sessions. To get started, Marygrove requires a (free) background check and application. We are happy to provide documentation of your service hours if needed for a school requirement.
Ideally we are seeking tutors who can attend most of the weekly sessions, as this provides for a valuable mentoring relationship to develop. However, we also always need tutors who can attend sporadically to fill in for our regular tutors when they need to take a day off.
Don't hesitate to contact us with any questions, and thank you for considering this opportunity!
- Literacy / Reading
- Library Sciences
- Relationship Building
- Reading / Writing
- General Education
Good Match For
Requirements & Commitment
- Background Check
- Must be at least 25
- Orientation or Training
- about 90 minutes per week