YourWords STL

Reach Farther

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

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Unheard Voices: You Don’t Know My Story

Local Emmy-award Winning Filmmaker Casts Light on North County Youth

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

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Good Times

Guest blog from Workshop Leader, Donna Patton
Reggie 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

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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

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Fall Semester in the Books

Guest blog from Workshop Leader, Joey Ferber
Semester by semester, YourWords STL contributes to the ongoing St. Louis movement fighting for youth literacy and creativity. The energy and spirit of the organization in tandem with its students’ skill and passion create a

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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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