YourWords STL

Join Us.

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.

We currently offer 2-hours of tutoring on Tuesdays and Thursdays at Clay Community Resource Center.  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.

For information on becoming a tutor, contact us at

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 a long-term partnership involving tasks including annual planning and event management. The person in this position can work remotely as needed.

Please contact us at for information on volunteer opportunities.  

"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.


One thing that scares me is dying because people will miss you and won't get to see you as much. - Asia, 10, Confluence Academy, Crossing Delmar Podcasts
But first I got to study all on my books Getting good grades is at the start of the hook In elementary I had my teachers shook The way I found comfort in all of my books - Zaylan, 11, Loyola Academy, Crossing Delmar Workshops
I will be a Hero to all the girls who aren’t happy in their body/ to the ones who would do anything/ just to feel Love/ I want to show them there’s no greater love than self-love/ brown-skinned girls, tall girls, fat girls, skinny girls, I want every girl to know/ that you are beautiful in your own way. - Kayla, 18, Marygrove Therapeutic Residence Workshops
Thank you Ms. Anna and all the other tutors that helped me. Thanks to you guys I get to graduate on time. I appreciate you so much, for taking the time out of the day to come help us. - Marygrove student
Bessel van der Kolk. M.D.
Language gives us the power to change ourselves and others by communicating our experiences, helping us to define what we know, and finding a common sense of meaning.