Thank you for following the Story Stitchers — for caring, attending and supporting.
Today is Give Stl Day, sponsored by the Greater St. Louis Community Foundation.
Your donation today will help to support Story Stitchers work with artists and youth ages 15-24 throughout the year.
Story Stitchers works to save lives through creative work and messaging and through mentoring and job training. In the words of an 18 year old intern:
“Hey! I’m Terrell. I am a high school senior in St. Louis Public School District and an intern studying non-profit business structure at Story Stitchers. I have been helping with setting up the social media to attract teenagers, reviewing and critiquing the website, studying the budgets and meeting lots of people that help with the organization.
Kids are already saying this summer is going to be tragic and terrible because people are going to be losing their lives to gun violence this summer. Sometimes teens will pick up an a gun because of anger and sometimes because of fear. Some teens might be going through something at home, or something they’ve seen or done might make them think a gun could help to keep them safe.
The Story Stitcher summer Pick the City UP Tour can help because it informs teens about why you should not pick up a gun and helps them to think about the consequences if you do pick it up and pull that trigger. You could go to jail, lose your life, take someone’s else’s life. The songs and poems tell about how you don’t need a gun to be safe or cool. They say that you should have your own mind and think for yourself and don’t let nobody get in your head about carrying a gun.”