YourWords STL

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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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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The Returned

Guest Blog Post by (Former) Tutor Coordinator, Jennifer Rengachary
 
I didn’t make it out to Marygrove to tutor at all last month – longstanding schedule conflicts for me the first two weeks, and then spring break for all of us the last two weeks. I knew that I’d have

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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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