YourWords STL


Guest Blog Post by Executive Director, Steve Handoyo  “Sometimes you need to step back to see the progress you’ve made” – Kunthearath Nhek-Morrissey 1/17Our tutors, Tutor Coordinator, and Programming Director devote hours each week to the students at Marygrove, and now biweekly at Lift for Life Gym. I am only […]

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Who’s got some old Latin grammar textbooks?

Guest Blog Post by Executive Director, Steve Handoyo “Virtus, virtutis” I wasn’t sure what to expect when I walked into my first actual YourWords STL workshop, but it certainly did not include the generative, ablative, or dative cases of Latin. Walking into the end of a house meeting at the […]

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A North County Tale by Kate Heidorn

Guest Blog by Volunteer Tutor, Kate Heidorn
“Who’s ready to share?”
*the sound of click-clacking across keyboards*
“Time’s almost up. Can we get someone to share?”
“Can we have 5 more minutes? I’m almost done.”
“YES. Of course.”
Boy, was I nervous. A few weeks back I was given

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Thinking inside a better box

Guest Blog Post by (Former) Tutor Coodinator, Jennifer Rengachary
“I’m a weightlifter.” I arrived a little early to our first pilot session at our newest location, Lift for Life, so that I could chat with the kids and see their program in action. I’d visited the facility just once

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“The Answer to the Great Question… Of Life, the Universe and Everything… Is… Forty-two,’ said Deep Thought, with infinite majesty and calm.”

Guest Blog Post by (Former) Tutor Coordinator, Jennifer Rengachary
Spoiler alert if you haven’t finished the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy trilogy: Deep Thought, a supercomputer created to calculate the answer to the Ultimate Question of life, the Universe, and everything, falls short of producing a meaningful response.

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A humbling extraordinary year

Guest Blog by Program Director, Steve Handoyo

Looking over a scene of mirth, creativity, and festivity, memories of a wondrous and humbling year spun a carousel in my mind.
A couple weeks ago, YourWords STL had our first official event, Wine and Words, at the delicious Robust Wine Bar. 

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Collaborative Projects 2018

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 […]

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YourWords STL presents a Louder Than a Bomb Screening

  AND                         Present                                       YourWords STL and Young Chicago Authors (YCA) will be gathering poets, schools, organizations, and activists as we explore slam poetry […]

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