YourWords STL

Brick by brick

Guest Blog Post from Executive Director, Steve HandoyoThe 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 […]

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Louder Than a Bomb comes to Town

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 poets and leaders of Young Chicago Authors, Nate Marshall and Kevin Coval, will each perform, as well as […]

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Time-Lapse

Guest Blog Post by Executive Director, Steve Handoyo  “Sometimes you need to step back to see the progress you’ve made” – Kunthearath Nhek-Morrissey 1/17Our tutors, Tutor Coordinator, and Programming Director devote hours each week to the students at Marygrove, and now biweekly at Lift for Life Gym. I am only […]

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Who’s got some old Latin grammar textbooks?

Guest Blog Post by Executive Director, Steve Handoyo “Virtus, virtutis” I wasn’t sure what to expect when I walked into my first actual YourWords STL workshop, but it certainly did not include the generative, ablative, or dative cases of Latin. Walking into the end of a house meeting at the […]

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A North County Tale by Kate Heidorn

Guest Blog by Volunteer Tutor, Kate Heidorn
 
“Who’s ready to share?”
*the sound of click-clacking across keyboards*
“Time’s almost up. Can we get someone to share?”
“Can we have 5 more minutes? I’m almost done.”
“YES. Of course.”
Boy, was I nervous. A few weeks back I was given

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Thinking inside a better box

Guest Blog Post by (Former) Tutor Coodinator, Jennifer Rengachary
 
“I’m a weightlifter.” I arrived a little early to our first pilot session at our newest location, Lift for Life, so that I could chat with the kids and see their program in action. I’d visited the facility just once

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“The Answer to the Great Question… Of Life, the Universe and Everything… Is… Forty-two,’ said Deep Thought, with infinite majesty and calm.”

Guest Blog Post by (Former) Tutor Coordinator, Jennifer Rengachary
 
Spoiler alert if you haven’t finished the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy trilogy: Deep Thought, a supercomputer created to calculate the answer to the Ultimate Question of life, the Universe, and everything, falls short of producing a meaningful response.
As

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A humbling extraordinary year

Guest Blog by Program Director, Steve Handoyo

Looking over a scene of mirth, creativity, and festivity, memories of a wondrous and humbling year spun a carousel in my mind.
A couple weeks ago, YourWords STL had our first official event, Wine and Words, at the delicious Robust Wine Bar. 

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