YourWords STL

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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Wayfinding

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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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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