Saint Louis Story Stitchers is pleased to announce we have received a grant from Lush Corporation’s The Charity Pot for $10,000 to support audience expansion for StitchCast Studio.
We are grateful that The Charity Pot also provided support for audience expansion for StitchCast Studio in 2020. Story Stitchers virtual audience grew from 161,000 views and 5,000 followers in 2020 to 928,444 views and 6,700 followers in 2021!
StitchCast Studio, now in Season III, brings together youth and professional artists in St. Louis to develop and produce a series of podcast episodes. To date 75 episodes have been published.
Youth, ages 16-24, lead meaningful dialogues that inspire original content in mentor-led workshops based on participants’ lived experiences in economically disadvantaged, high crime areas. Podcasts focus on the streets, gun violence, and finding solutions to issues that are coming at our youth hard. The project goal is to gain greater understanding of the needs and desires of the youth served and to give them an amplified voice to create needed changes in society, to support youth in a successful transition to adulthood, and to reduce youth crime in St. Louis. Youth artists use dialogue, original poetry, and music to highlight their personal experiences with gun violence, life transitions, and mental health, promoting mutual respect for diverse ideas, greater understanding, and a more peaceful society.
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