By sitting next to each other and learning each others’ ways of speaking, writing, and thinking, we can change each other’s lives.
Become a Tutor
We believe tutor-student relationships can bridge divides. YourWordsSTL seeks tutors from a wide variety of backgrounds who have an enthusiasm for reading and writing, a compassion for under-served youth, and the ability to commit to weekly sessions for at least one full school year.
Experiences vary, but tutors generally provide 30 minutes of general homework help according to students’ needs, followed by a 45-minute writing exercise led by one of our published authors. Tutors do not need to be experienced writers or teachers. Because of our focus on emotional health, we’re interested in tutors with a variety of skill sets and educational and occupational backgrounds.
YourWordsSTL will provide tutor orientation and free optional continuing education opportunities throughout the year. We also offer free transportation for college students who tutor if needed. We are also happy to provide documentation of your service hours if needed for a school requirement.
Become a Volunteer
We welcome volunteers interested in fundraising, event planning, grant writing, marketing, copywriting for our newsletter, helping us publish student work in our year-end chapbook, and more.
We’re particularly interested in fundraising volunteers who can commit to long-term partnership involving tasks including annual planning and event management. The person in this position can work remotely as needed.
"I want to help, but I don't have enough time."
We understand! If our mission speaks to you, but you're simply too busy to commit to a full school year, consider a donation.
We would also love to hear from you if you're interested in filling in for our regular tutors when they're unable to attend sessions.