YourWords STL

When Students Don’t Want to Be Taught

Feature Blog by Program Director, Anna Ojascastro Guzon
 
This week, I was able to arrive early to Marygrove’s 44-acre campus, which is surrounded by wooded hills, and overlooks the Missouri River. The sky was blue, a few kids were playing basketball, and I had a fleeting thought of holding that

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Meditation on Chocolate

Feature Blog by Program Director, Anna Ojascastro Guzon
 
We have somewhat of a tutor drought right now. However, we have already bandaged skinned knees, dusted despondency off of our shoulders, and moved on.  After speaking to more experienced people in similar fields, like Sandy Taubenheim, a co-founder of Kaleidoscope Network, Maria

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Right Versus Left

Feature Blog by Program Director, Anna Ojascastro Guzon
 
This week’s session at Marygrove started with the students arriving early.  “Are we going to be doing that rap stuff again?” one teenage boy asked me, while raising his hand.  He was taller than me and at least twice my girth.

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Sept. 16th

Feature Blog by Program Director, Anna Ojascastro Guzon
 
Yesterday afternoon, the YourWords tutors and the Marygrove students finally had the opportunity to meet at our first tutoring session.  We started with homework help, then dove into the writing assignment.  We examined the universal theme of loss in Jay-Z’s “Glory,”

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Collaborative Projects 2018

Collaborative Projects 2018

This past school year’s collaborative project, “Crossing Delmar” between New City School and Hawthorn Leadership School for Girls joined the students from schools that are 1.8 miles apart but divided by Delmar Avenue, and thus have entirely different student populations. The schools participated in 3 workshops each, during which they […]

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YourWords STL presents a Louder Than a Bomb Screening

  AND                         Present                                       YourWords STL and Young Chicago Authors (YCA) will be gathering poets, schools, organizations, and activists as we explore slam poetry […]

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Lift for Life Gym

Lift for Life Gym

Lift for Life Gym was started as an alternative outlet for youth in 1988. Lift for Life Gym has training in weightlifting, basketball, yoga,  and cross-fit.   In addition to producing medal-winning athletes, Lift for Lift Gym has expanded to address many needs of their youth.  They offer mentorship, over […]

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Marygrove Children’s Home

Marygrove Children’s Home

Marygrove Children’s Home has a 165-year history of supporting children in need of shelter, nurturing, and support.  Their 200 daily residents range from infancy to 20.  Marygrove offers an astounding array of counseling, crisis care, independent living and life skills training, as well as mentorship in a home-setting.YourWords STL had […]

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