YourWords STL is a volunteer, after-school, tutoring organization dedicated to teaching St. Louis youth how to amplify one's voice through writing.
In our first year of operation (2015-2016), we worked with a fantastic, motivated group of boys and young men aged 16-19 at Marygrove in Florissant. 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. The campus is located on 44 acres of greenery, overlooking the Missouri river.
In our 2nd year, we expanded to Lift for Life Gym in the spring of 2017 as our second main location. We also completed collaborative writing projects between students at Parkway NE Middle School and St. Louis Catholic Academy, as well as Marygrove's 5-6-year-olds. In March of 2017, we brought in renowned poets Kevin Coval and Nate Marshall to over 900 area students culminating in a slam poetry event at The Stage at KDHX (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fyIPSmDvhr8)
We will continue to work with these group in our third year (2017-2018). In addition to the young men at Drury House, and the young women at Lift for Life Gym, we will add weekly programming at Sequoia House this Fall.YourWords STL is also discussed further collaborative projects with past and new schools around the area. We are devoted to connecting students between all parts of St. Louis. We plan to compensate workshop leaders with a small stipend, as well as hire a professional fundraiser and full-time Executive Director. To grow, YourWords STL will rely on new grants. We are hoping to recruit some experienced grant writers to help us achieve our goals and bring under-served voices to at St. Louis that needs to hear them.
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