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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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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Brick by brick

Guest Blog Post from Executive Director, Steve Handoyo

The echo of youth voices and applause over the past month continue to wash over me in astonished waves. Commuting back and forth between Chicago and St. Louis, my month has been suffused with young artists building our future.

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On Being a Volunteer – Small Kindnesses that Get Big Smiles

Guest Blog Post from Tutor Coordinator and Workshop Leader, Patsy Zettler
 
All anyone in this world wants is a little love and attention. A little one-on-one. A touch on the shoulder. Some eye-contact. A smile. As volunteers who work with children, though we may be leading an activity, helping

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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 1/17

Our tutors, Tutor Coordinator, and Programming Director devote hours each week to the

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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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