#GivingTuesday Fundraiser 2021

$6,330

40 supporters

$10,000 goal

Team Member

Steve Handoyo

$2,590

by 13 supporters

$3,000 goal

In an impossible year for all of us, YourWords STL had our most impactful year ever.  We were able to transition our workshops and tutoring to the virtual space and help 10 residents of Marygrove Children’s Home graduate despite being quarantined and early on even sharing computers.   While we have gotten the residents gifts in the past, this year we gave the graduates personalized messenger bags.  Many of these young folks have had to leave various living situations quickly, and we hoped that the bags would give them a sense of ownership and control.  It was rewarding to hear they were proudly sporting their new bags. 

In the past year, we were able to continue our Crossing Delmar projects bringing students from New City School and Confluence Academies, as well as Loyola Academy and St. Margaret’s of Scotland, together virtually!  Students' work from our photovoice project led by SLU and MSU students are displayed in the gallery exhibit Objects I love: Odes and Photos at the SLU Museum of Art through December 17th.  With our partners, Missouri Baptist University and Dreambuilders 4 Equity, we staged a play “We Own Our Future” written completely by the young people of DB4E, acted by the MBU drama students, and performed live and streamed virtually. 


We are in an exciting inflection point as we continue to grow with dedicated and talented staff for the first time!  Past support has allowed us to bring on Imani Harris as Volunteer Coordinator and Britny Cordera as Associate Program Director on a part-time basis.  Their  addition will allow us to expand and enrich our programming.  In the coming year, we hope to make these positions full-time, as well as bring on additional staff.  Consider donating, sharing our fundraiser, or even starting your own.   We hope you can help us achieve this goal of $10,000 this #GivingTuesday! 

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Team Members

Steve

$2,590

13 supporters

Anna

$2,990

21 supporters

Grace

$0

0 supporters

Britny

$0

0 supporters

Liz

$0

0 supporters

Irene

$0

0 supporters

Organizer

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YourWords STL

EIN: 81-0807896

Story

In the past 20 months, all of humanity has had to grow and adapt in order to keep going. In March 2020, YWSTL had to quickly grow from 2.5 hours of tutoring per week to 3 hours of virtual tutoring per day. We've since quadrupled our tutoring pool, created a training app, learned how to provide in-house training to become trauma-informed, switched all of our programming to be virtual or hybrid, developed a semester of outdoor workshops, created 6 new programming partners, developed 3 new programs for college and graduate students, hired 2 part-time staff members and 2 new teachers, brought on 4 volunteer interns, created a new podcast, and earned 6 grant awards. (Our Executive Director and his wife also had a baby!)

Our world is only demanding more adaptations, whether that's in the form of innovation, reconstruction, or rest. The young people with whom YWSTL works need more now than ever. And the educational landscape has even steeper cliffs and ravines. Yet I see, first hand, compassionate and courageous youth growing into wiser humans than their leaders.

If you'd like to help us through this time of necessary growing, here's some quick and easy ways:
- Donate to our campaign above.
- Share our campaign with just 1 or 1000 of your friends.
- Volunteer as a tutor, email [email protected] to sign up.

With gratitude,
Anna Ojascastro Guzon MD, MFA
Co-founder, Program Director

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YourWords STL is a 501(c)3 non-profit that uses tutoring, creative writing workshops, and collaborative projects to help amplify the voices of St. Louis youth. We are committed to bridging racial, cultural, and economic divides, by honing the ability of people to tell their stories, while providing opportunities for the community to listen.

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YourWords STL

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EIN 81-0807896