YourWords STL
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We are committed to bridging racial, cultural, and economic divides, by honing the ability of people to tell their stories, while providing opportunities for the community to listen.

How We Make an Impact

In our structured workshops, workshop leaders guide students in drafting and editing creative writing pieces.
Our trained tutors provide one-on-one guidance and general homework help, giving students the encouragement and insights they need to succeed.
Our collaborative writing projects develop racial literacy and empathy among elementary and middle school students located on opposite sides of the Delmar Divide.

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From our Stories

As 2023 comes to close, consider a donation to support our programming

Almost nine years ago, YourWords STL was founded with a mission to amplify the words of marginalized youth and a vision of bridging St. Louis divides. In January of 2024, we’ll bring together 93 students from Saint Louis Priory School and Loyola Academy of St. Louis to work together, as […]

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The Persisting Relevance of A Change Is Gonna Come

Ask a group of middle school students what music they like to listen to and you might anticipate answers like Megan Thee Stallion, Drake, Taylor Swift, Harry Styles. I asked the young people from LinkSTL’s Summercamp at Clay Community Resource Center (CCRC) what song they’d like to listen to during […]

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Give the Gift of a Better Future this #GivingTuesday

This #GivingTuesday, St. Louis’ underserved youth need your help.   Education is one of the strongest predictors of future career success, upward mobility, and health. But under-resourced schools, poverty, and toxic stress (like abuse, neglect, and other violence) hinder the ability of the most at-risk students to learn and succeed, […]

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One thing that scares me is dying because people will miss you and won't get to see you as much. - Asia, 10, Confluence Academy, Crossing Delmar Podcasts
But first I got to study all on my books Getting good grades is at the start of the hook In elementary I had my teachers shook The way I found comfort in all of my books - Zaylan, 11, Loyola Academy, Crossing Delmar Workshops
I will be a Hero to all the girls who aren’t happy in their body/ to the ones who would do anything/ just to feel Love/ I want to show them there’s no greater love than self-love/ brown-skinned girls, tall girls, fat girls, skinny girls, I want every girl to know/ that you are beautiful in your own way. - Kayla, 18, Marygrove Therapeutic Residence Workshops
Thank you Ms. Anna and all the other tutors that helped me. Thanks to you guys I get to graduate on time. I appreciate you so much, for taking the time out of the day to come help us. - Marygrove student
Bessel van der Kolk. M.D.
Language gives us the power to change ourselves and others by communicating our experiences, helping us to define what we know, and finding a common sense of meaning.