what can I do?

Aniya with a prop protest sign for Not Another One! A Play 4 Peace

“The key is to have someone who can explain the events in’s and out’s as it will apply to the youth. Cause the main question isn’t what’s in it for me but what can I do?”

 — Aniya, Stitchers Teen Council Co-Chair

As we approach Independence Day, we reflect upon our responsibility to do everything we can to make a positive difference in our community. Story Stitchers works to help young people take on important leadership roles.

Aniya, Stitchers Teen Council Co-Chair, is a community leader in youth/police relations. She is working with city officials to bring young people out to voice their opinions about the characteristics, attitude and experience they would like to see in the new chief of police of St. Louis.

For the first time ever in history there is a national search for the new chief of police of the City of St. Louis and citizens, both young and old, have a chance to weigh-in on the decision through a series of public forums hosted by Mayor Lyda Krewson’s Citizen Advisory Committee. Participation in this public effort to select a new chief of police is part of the cause for freedom, civil rights and an exercise of citizenship of the highest magnitude. Aniya will be there and hopes other young people will join her.

Saturday, July 8th, 10:00-12:00

Vashon High School, 3035 Cass Avenue 

FREE and OPEN to the public


After the event, pop on over to see Story Stitchers perform live at Tillie’s Corner!!

Tillie’s Corner Historical Project 

Neighborhood Block Party

1:00-3:00 at 1353 N Garrison Ave   63106

Performances at 1:30 and 2:30.

Saint Louis Story Stitchers is pleased to announce that Master Storyteller Bobby Norfolk will be joining the Collective for the Pick the City UP Tour at Tillie’s Corner Historical Project in JeffvanderLou!

Mr. Norfolk’s performance is sponsored by the St. Louis Storytelling Festival and the Community Arts Program of the University of Missouri Extension,  funded in part through a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Activities are ongoing during the entire event.


Health care resources at Tillie’s Corner Neighborhood Block Party

Brightside St. Louis, Camp Sun Splash, Clergy of the JVL and other Neighborhoods, City of St. Louis, Contemporary Art Museum (CAM) Art Bus, Custom Xpressions TM, Dunbar Elementary School and Other Educators, Frederick A. Douglass Museum of African-American Vernacular Images, Fresh Starts Community Garden, Habitat for Humanity, Historic Miss Tillie’s Corner Community Garden, Hopscotch Communications, HOSCO Foods USA, JeffVanderLou Whole New Area II Neighborhood Development Association, MetroMarket Food Bus, Ministry of Wellness, Inc., Primerica Insurance, Ready Readers, Smooth Light Productions, Solidarity St. Louis, St. Louis Fire Department, St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department with Operation Polar Cops Ice Cream Truck, St. Louis Safety Group, St. Paul Saturdays, The SPOT (Supporting Positive Opportunities with Teens) Mobile Unit, United Way,  Women’s Voices Raised for Social Justice, Contraceptive Choice Center with Wash U School of Medicine (C3), Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, and more

To learn more about Pick the City UP Tour click HERE

Sponsored by Arts and Education Monsanto Creative Impact Fund, Kranzberg Arts Foundation, Washington University in St. Louis and more! HERE