YourWords STL
Arts Educators, Hold Up

Arts Educators, Hold Up

 
Feature Blog Post by Program Director, Anna Ojascastro Guzon
Sit down, hol’ up… be humble. – Kendrick Lamar
Almost 10 years ago, directors Greg Jakobs and Jon Siskel created the award-winning film about Louder than a Bomb: A Chicago Youth Poetry Festival. The documentary features co-founder Kevin Coval and

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Brick by brick

Guest Blog Post from Executive Director, Steve Handoyo

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.

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On Being a Volunteer – Small Kindnesses that Get Big Smiles

Guest Blog Post from Tutor Coordinator and Workshop Leader, Patsy Zettler
 
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

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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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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 1/17

Our tutors, Tutor Coordinator, and Programming Director devote hours each week to the

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The History of YourWords STL

 
YourWords STL began when two people had the same inspiration around the same time, with just enough serendipity to bring that thought into action. Two high school friends, Dr. Anna Ojascastro Guzon and Dr. Steve Handoyo, like much of St. Louis, were disheartened by the events that surrounding and

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The Bull, Embroidered

Feature Blog Post by Program Director, Anna Ojascastro Guzon
 
The Day of the Dead, the Cubs win the World Series, 87 degrees in November in St. Louis, and a United States presidential election is bellying-up (either to the bar or like an overfed fish).
The past week has

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Valedictorians

Feature Blog Post by Progam Director, Anna Ojascatro Guzon
 
Farewell the tranquil mind! Farewell content!
Farewell the plumed troop, and the big wars,
That make ambition virtue! O, farewell!
Farewell the neighing steed, and the shrill trump,
The spirit-stirring drum, the ear-piercing fife,
The royal banner, and all quality,

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Put a Pencil to His Temple

Feature Blog Post by Program Director, Anna Ojascastro Guzon
 
The classroom was smaller yesterday.  We have been tutoring the young men in the transitional housing of Marygrove Children’s Home, weekly, for almost nine months. Ages 17 to 21, from all parts of St. Louis City and County, our students

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Portraits of Artists

Feature Blog Post by Program Director, Anna Ojascastro Guzon
 
“Art Is Life and Life Is Art,” headlines the website bio of the 24-year-old, St. Louis artist, Davion Coleman. Working from his downtown loft as an independent graphic designer and illustrator, Mr. Coleman was generous enough to donate his time

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