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

Brick by brick

The echo of youth voices and applause over the past month continue to wash over me in astonished waves. Commuting back and forth between Chicago and St. Louis, my month has been suffused with young artists building our future. Last week, I was blessed to witness the

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On Being a Volunteer – Small Kindnesses that Get Big Smiles

All anyone in this world wants is a little love and attention. A little one-on-one. A touch on the shoulder. Some eye-contact. A smile. As volunteers who work with children, though we may be leading an activity, helping with a homework assignment, or discussing instructions, all we really need to

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Louder Than a Bomb comes to Town

We are thrilled to bring LTAB to St. Louis

YourWords STL and Young Chicago Authors (YCA) in conjunction with KDHX will be gathering poets, schools, organizations, and activists as we explore slam poetry as a vehicle for youth empowerment in St. Louis.
Acclaimed

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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.