YourWords STL

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 and community activities are contributing to a stronger, more compassionate St. Louis.

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From the Blog

Goodbye to My Brother

Guest blog post from Executive Director, Steve Handoyo
I’m writing today on a personal note. YourWords STL, and my family, lost one of our most ardent supporters recently in a sudden and tragic accident. My brother-in-law, Joe Giljum, should have turned 37

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Summer Songs: A Lyrical Introduction to YourWords STL

Guest blog from Drury House Workshop Leader Joey Ferber
The summer heat swelled on the bluffs of the muggy Missouri. In the reprieve of good company and hard working air conditioning units, YourWords STL’s four-week songwriting session began on the first

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Feature Blog Post by Program Director, Anna Ojascastro Guzon
I walked into the classroom at 4 PM, when tutoring starts, and nine young men were already sitting down, working.  They hadn’t had a creative writing workshop in a couple months because we were starting out the year focused on

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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.
Rebecca Wallace-Segall
Human beings yearn to share, reflect, and understand one another, and they use these reflections to improve the state of things, both personal and public.
Kathryn Feldt
YourWordsSTL gives young people a way to find and use their authentic voices, to process their emotions, and to feel hope and confidence in the future.
Bessel van der Kolk M.D.
Feeling listened to and understood changes our physiology; being able to articulate a complex feeling, and having our feelings recognized, lights up our limbic brain and creates an a-ha moment.