YourWords STL

Crossing Delmar Collaborative Projects

YWSTL’s Crossing Delmar Collaborative Projects develop racial literacy and empathy among elementary and middle school students located on opposite sides of the Delmar Divide. The program addresses strategic, sustainable action for healing racial inequities in St. Louis. Through fun and engaging team-building activities, honest reflection of one’s identity through writing

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Creative Writing Projects

The goals of this program are to utilize art and evidence-based programming to improve writing skills, nurture a love of reading and writing, and encourage the development of identity, empathy, and engagement in the community, for marginalized youth. Creative writing workshops were led each semester starting in 2015 at Marygrove,

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Tutoring

From June 2015 to 2022, YWSTL has provided tutoring and workshops for the 16-to-20-year-old residents in transitional housing at Marygrove Children’s Home, a therapeutic residence in Florissant, MO for young people who have experienced abuse or have nowhere else to turn. In 2020, with residents quarantined in their Houses, disproportionately

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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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Lift for Life Gym

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 […]

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Marygrove Children’s Home

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 […]

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Crossing Delmar

Crossing Delmar

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 […]

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Pilot Projects and Workshops

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!    

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