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 […]
AND Present YourWords STL and Young Chicago Authors (YCA) will be gathering poets, schools, organizations, and activists as we explore slam poetry […]
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 […]
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 […]
YourWords STL has initiated collaborative projects between Parkway Northeast Middle School and St. Louis Catholic Academy and Marygrove Children’s Home. In “Castles of Your Imagination: Creating Personalized Books for Children Who Have Experienced Trauma” a project designed by Anna Ojascastro Guzon, COCA teaching artist Maria Ojascastro, and children’s book author, […]
In addition to our main programming partners, we have also worked to create pilots and one-time workshops with Clay Elementary School and Grace Hill Settlement House, Big Brothers Big Sisters, as well as the “Fantasy Maps” workshop at the St. Louis Small Press Expo in 2016!
The ability of our students to feel empowered to share their stories requires dedication and passion from our tutors. Our tutors transform our programs, developed by our Program Director, into action with our students. We value the work of all our volunteers but our tutors play a pivotal role so