YourWords STL began when two people had the same inspiration around the same time, with just enough serendipity to bring that thought into action. Two high school friends, Dr. Anna Ojascastro Guzon and Dr. Steve Handoyo, like much of St. Louis, were disheartened by the events that surrounding and
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
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,