YourWords STL

Those Who Can’t Do

Guest blog from YourWords STL Development Manager, Dr. Michelle M. Haberberger
Every educator I’ve ever known has heard this old phrase: “Those who can’t do, teach.” Even though most people use it as a lame attempt at humor, I’ve always been insulted by it.
American teachers, as a whole, are

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Crossing Delmar 2020: Moline Elementary & New City School

Guest blog from AmeriCorps VISTA, Grace Cunningham
2 schools. 5 days. 61 students. 18 workshops. 21 teachers. 5 volunteers. 4 locations. 1 culminating event. Hello Crossing Delmar 2020!
The 5th graders of Moline Elementary and New City School participated in Crossing Delmar 2020, YourWords STL’s collaborative writing project designed to

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A New Decade Full of Expansive Programming & Partnerships!

YourWords STL has a lot to be proud of!
In 2019, YourWords STL experienced the following accomplishments:

Co-founder and Program Director Anna Ojascastro Guzon, was selected as an EdHub STL Fellow. The EdHub STL fellowship empowers those who are employing entrepreneurial approaches within an education organization to develop and/or expand

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A Year in Review!

In 2019, YourWords STL provided:

Weekly tutoring at The Drury House for 16-20 year old young men and at The Sequoia House for 16-20 year old young women at Marygrove Children’s Home, a therapeutic residence in Florissant, MO for children who have experienced abuse or have nowhere to turn.
Year-round creative writing workshops at

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Paint with Your Words: An Interactive Exhibit

Join YourWords STL for an interactive art exhibit in the Cortex, on Sunday, Dec. 16th from 3 PM to 5 PM. With guidance from teaching artist Aysia BerLynn, the young women of Marygrove Children’s Home have created paintings in response to mindfulness exercises, then used their artwork as prompts for creative writing. Participants will have

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Reach Farther

Guest blog from Executive Director, Steve Handoyo There is hope But only if you have faith Accompanied by courage to take what you already have and become something great Adversity is our biggest asset And once you understand that You have taken back your power. – Noah Schultz, Reach Farther “Adversity is our biggest […]

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Unheard Voices: You Don’t Know My Story

A local Emmy-award winning filmmaker, Daniel Blake Smith, has theatrically staged the real-life stories of the young men who reside at Marygrove Children’s Home, in Florissant, Missouri. By way of a collaboration with YourWords STL, PRIME Theater, and Marygrove Children’s Home, two performances of Unheard Voices: You Don’t Know My […]

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Good Times

Guest blog from Workshop Leader, Donna PattonReggie escorted five girls into the back office at Lift for Life gym. The office was small and crowded, full of files and donated items like gloves and mouthwash. Boys loudly chattered and played basketball on the other side of the thin office wall. […]

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#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 Guzon and Joey Ferber- Our inaugural […]

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