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 and is an online day of giving to benefit nonprofits serving the St. Louis region.
Your donation today will help to support Story Stitchers work with artists and youth ages 16-24 throughout the year.
IMPACT – Your dollars at work:
Vocational Training * School Assemblies * Character Education* Community Building
- New director hired to head up programs with youth and community relations
- 80 Youth engaged 449 times, 99% minority
- 82 Vocational training educational programs completed
- 22 Volunteers engaged
- Public performances and presentations grew from 15 in 2015 to 34 in 2018
- 7 School assembly programs reaching 600 school-aged children
- 5,900 Audience members reached
- Media features in Time magazine, HEC TV, KSDK and Public Radio
- 2019 projected annual budget $151,000
- In 2018, Saint Louis Story Stitchers received support from: Missouri Foundation for Health, Steward Family Foundation, LUSH Corporation’s The Charity Pot, Missouri Arts Council, Missouri Humanities Council with National Endowment for the Humanities, Regional Arts Commission, Incarnate Word Foundation, Spirit of St. Louis Women’s Fund, Saigh Foundation, St. Louis Mental Health Board, Washington University in St. Louis, Kranzberg Arts Foundation, and individuals like YOU!
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.”