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.

Though #GivingTuesday has passed, you can still donate and receive a tax-deduction before the end of the year.   Thank you for your continued support of YourWords STL's work to amplify the voices of St. Louis youth and foster conversations across divides.

Support our work. Support St. Louis.

Join us as we bridge divides in the St. Louis community.


From the Blog

#GivingTuesday is here!

In 2017, YourWords STL provided:
– A full year of weekly one-on-one tutoring at Drury House for 16-20-year-old young men at Marygrove Children’s Home
– A full year of creative writing workshops at Drury House with two chapbooks currently in production led by Dr. Anna Ojascastro

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Fall Semester in the Books

Guest blog from Workshop Leader, Joey Ferber
Semester by semester, YourWords STL contributes to the ongoing St. Louis movement fighting for youth literacy and creativity. The energy and spirit of the organization in tandem with its students’ skill and passion create a

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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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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.