YourWords STL leads a series of projects focused on bringing the community together. Our Crossing Delmar Collaborative Projects connect elementary and middle school students who reside on opposite sides of “the Delmar Divide” to foster racial and emotional literacy and build empathy. The program addresses the need for healing racial
Creative Writing Workshops
YourWords STL offers an array of workshops that allow young people to explore their creative side. The goal of these projects is to utilize art and evidence-based programming to improve writing skills, foster a love of reading and writing, encourage the development of identity and empathy, and inspire engagement in
YourWords STL provides regular tutoring for marginalized and at-risk youth in St. Louis’ underserved communities.
In the summer of 2022, we began our latest tutoring program at Clay Community Resource Center (CCRC) in St. Louis’ Hyde Park neighborhood. A collaboration between St. Louis University, St. Louis Public Schools, LinkStL,
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
YourWords STL has initiated collaborative projects between schools from differing sides of the “Delmar Divide”. For our inaugural Crossindg Delmar, we brought together students from 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 […]
Pilot Projects and Workshops
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!