Community Organizer Resources

Story Stitchers can provide Tour site organizers with the following additional activities if requested. Activities can promote education and discussion on public health issues.

VIDEO SCREENINGS

Video screenings provided without fees to community organizers. Organizers are responsible for providing technical equipment and support for screenings. Screenings may occur during Tour stops or as a companion activity to generate additional neighborhood engagement. 

Programs may be quoted and/or shown in educational settings with permission. Programs may not be reproduced for commercial use or edited in part or in whole without permission from the Saint Louis Story Stitchers.

NOT ANOTHER ONE! A Discussion on Gun Violence

Police And Teens: Finding Ways To Work Together To Combat Gun Violence

The purpose of the videotaped discussion is to open communication and to identify commonality, greater understanding and ways to cooperate and collaborate between city police and teen age youth as both work to lower St. Louis’s high rates of gun violence.

The video is utilized by teachers, parents, researchers and exhibited in galleries and community centers to generate additional discussion. A transcription of the discussion will be published in book form by the Collective in 2016.

 

SPONSORED BY — Institute for Public Health, Washington University in St. Louis Gun Violence Initiative

Saint Louis Story Stitchers programming is sponsored in part by the Regional Arts Commission

INSPIRATION — St. Louis Circuit Attorney’s Gun Violence Prevention Site

It’s NOT OK! A Discussion on Gun Violence 

Saint Louis Story Stitchers held the 2016 youth-led videotaped discussion on gun violence called, It’s Not OK! on November 10th in Kranzberg Arts Center’s Black Box Theater. The program created a platform for a lively youth-led discussion with local community leaders to identify problems and solutions and to create an action plan for peace for youth and families affected by gun violence. Stitchers Teen Council Co-Chairs Aniya and Toryon led the discussion.

In this sequel to the 2015 discussion, Not Another One!, youth and adult guests re-opened communication to identify commonality, greater understanding and ways to cooperate and collaborate to heal America’s racial disparities. Teenagers, police and leaders searched for solutions to relevant topics including ways to curb youth gun crime, best practices for police-minority youth interaction, and the no snitching phenomenon.

Stitchers Teen Council’s  Taron and Toryon aka T&T, star in the new music video for the song by Story Stitchers artist in residence Jarmel Reece, titled, It’s Not OK!, addressing for peers and younger kids the dangers of guns. The piece is the title song of the 2016 youth-led gun violence discussion on gun violence prevention.

This program was sponsored by the Regional Arts Commission, Kranzberg Arts Foundation, Kranzberg Arts Center, the Institute for Public Health’s Gun Violence Initiative at Washington University in St. Louis, the Steward Family Foundation, the Yvette and John Dubinsky Family Foundation, and Risa Zwerling and Mark S. Wrighton, Ph.D.

 

BOOK READING AND DISCUSSION PROMPTS

Not Another One! A Discussion on Gun Violence

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Purchase the full color book today at LuLu HERE!!

Add to school libraries, utilize in high school and college classrooms, and for professional training for anyone working with youth or studying race relations, trauma and gun violence prevention.

Not Another One! is a youth-led discussion that opens communication and identifies commonality, greater understanding, and ways to cooperate and collaborate between city police and teenage youth as both work to lower the high rates of gun violence in St. Louis, Missouri. The discussion details citizen rights, police policies and procedures, trauma caused by gun violence, and possible solutions in a frank, honest, and respectful discussion.

The discussion (also shown in part on the first video above) was transcribed and a book and is now available with foreword by Jason Q. Purnell, Ph.D., M.P.H., Assistant Professor at Washington University in St. Louis.

Blog about the 2016 discussion

 

COLORING PAGES FEATURING SONG LYRICS

Download and print for your event!

NOT ANOTHER ONE! Coloring Sheet

NOT ANOTHER ONE! Coloring Sheet

Me & You Coloring Sheet

GOTTA STOP THE VIOLENCE Coloring Sheet

10 Things YOU Can Do Coloring Sheet

#Knowledgeispower Coloring Sheet

#DROPTHEGUN#KEEPTHEPEACE

Pick the City UP Logo Coloring Sheet

Pick the City UP Coloring Sheet 

TRAP LIFE BOARD GAME 

Coming soon!

“Trap Life” is an educational board game developed by youth and adults in the Saint Louis Story Stitchers Artists Collective. The game teaches youth to think strategically about choices they may need to make as they navigate American urban life and their high school years.

OPEN MIC AUDITIONS

Story Stitchers can provide an audition format for community participants who wish to perform at events. All OPEN MIC participants must be pre-approved by Story Stitchers.

KARAOKE

Story Stitchers can provide lyrics for some of the original Story Stitchers songs for a Karaoke competition at your Tour event.