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WE MATTER Part II


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WE MATTER

Episode VIII Part II

Youth leaders discuss current events including the pandemic, Black Lives Matter protests, looting, the Confederate flag, and the rising hope for societal change for people of color in the second half of this two part discussion.

Pick the City UP Art Interlude: Perception Isn’t Always Reality

KP Dennis

Copyright Saint Louis Story Stitchers, 2016

Stitchers Youth Michaela on KSDK


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60 children have been shot in the City of St. Louis since the start of 2020

Saint Louis Story Stitchers Youth Council member Michaela was interviewed by KSDK reporter Robert Townshend on July 1st, 2020 about the high number of children shot in St. Louis in 2020.

Michaela said, “When you own a gun, you’re supposed to store it away properly.”

Since Jan. 1, at least 60 under the age of 17 have been shot — 12 of them, fatally, according to data collected by 5 On Your Side. In all of 2019, 14 children were shot and killed.

“It’s a very big concern. This should not be our reality. This should not be something  people become normalized to,” Michaela said.

Unloading and locking your gun can help to keep children safe. Free gun locks are available year-round at St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department and at City Hall.

#DROP THE GUN #KEEP THE PEACE

WE MATTER


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Episode VIII Part I

 

We Matter 

 

Youth leaders discuss current events including the pandemic, police brutality, Black Lives Matter protests, and the rising hope for societal change for people of color in part one of this two part discussion. Recorded live in Zoom June 11, 2020.

 

Pick the City UP Art Interlude: Worthless

Copyright Saint Louis Story Stitchers, 2018

Back Story VI: This Is Why


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ElijahBack Story VI: This Is Why

Streaming Thursday, June 25th at 7:30 PM

On facebook, Youtube Vimeo and storystitchers.org

Stitchers Youth Council members Emeara and Elijah talk about Elijah’s raps, survival in the city, and personal growth. Recorded performance of This Is Why is included in the stream and will premiere on Youtube along with a lyric video.

 

This Is Why

Lyrics

Stitchers Youth Council

Branden and Elijah

 

CHORUS

Branden

I came to thrive; I’ll tell you why

Knew it was mines soon as I arrived

I get knocked down, I don’t pout I don’t cry

I step up, get knocked down, I pop up like surprise

Up like surprise, I’m up, they surprised

I get knocked down, I pop up like surprise

I’ll tell you why, we not alike

You’re trying to live

I’m trying to thrive

(Repeat)

Verse I

Elijah

Yo, we making the bread

Keeping our families fed

Keeping our sons off the streets

So they don’t end up dead

Tryna make it to college

Cuz they cannot go to the feds

Cuz they tryna go for our heads

Cuz they got a price on our heads

I’m talking about lifetime imprisonment

Or a right time to be militant

They don’t fight crime they are diligent

On smiting mine and pillaging

So we getting that education

We elevatin

No procrastinatin

Or hesitation

We boss Nation

Heard across the Nation

Tryna save us it dogs from incarceration

Yeah

Ima have all of you feeling me

Yeah

Ima have all of you seeing me

Yeah

I do all of this willingly

Yeah

Look at how they are treating me

Yeah

Just cuz I’m black they are beating me, yeah

Cuz they don’t see what I see in me, yeah

This is why I cannot see defeat,

This is why I cannot leave the streets

CHORUS

(Repeat)

Verse I

Branden

I’m trying to show you I’m more than just gifted

I’m more than my issues, more than statistics

I’m more than the chasing of money and women

I’m more than the bundles of graves that they digging

I’m more than potential that’s lost in the system

I’m more than a criminal, more than a victim

There’s more to my image, immortalize this

That there’s more to the morals of stories you hearing

(Hold up)

Aye, how many fears must I face in a day

How many friends can be taken away

How many planned to spend life in a cage

How many wish they got that but in graves

How many wish they got that but in chains

How many wish they enacted a change

(Yea)

How many wish they enacted a change

CHORUS

Copyright Saint Louis Story Stitchers, 2019.

Back Story V: Josh and Art streams tonight


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Josh is featured in tonight’s Story Stitchers Stream Team publication—

Back Story V: Josh and Art, Stitchers Youth Council members Emeara and Joshua talk about Josh’s art and the role it plays in Story Stitchers productions. His art is featured on three StitchCast Studio covers. Back Story V will stream on Thursday, June 18, 2020 at 7:30 PM to Saint Louis Story Stitchers Youtube, facebook, Vimeo, and storystitchers.org.

Story Stitchers receive national grant from The Lewis Prize for Music


Saint Louis Story Stitchers is honored to announce that it is the recipient of a $25,000 grant from The Lewis Prize for Music’s COVID-19 Community Response Fund! New funding for Saint Louis Story Stitchers will support holistic music education programs during COVID-19.

The Lewis Prize for Music — a creative arts philanthropy — is proud to announce the recipients of the COVID-19 Community Response Fund. A total of $1.25 million will be awarded to 32 Creative Youth Development (CYD) organizations across the U.S. that have adapted and responded to the pressing needs of the young people they serve amid the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Lewis Prize for Music invests in youth music organizations and their leaders to facilitate positive change through access to music education. Each of the COVID-19 Community Response Fund recipients embody this goal; they do extraordinary work providing young people with opportunities to learn, perform and create music while also serving their immediate and unique needs around food, transportation, mental health, and academics. 

From all the youth at Saint Louis Story Stitchers— We are very honored to receive The Lewis Prize for Music’s COVID-19 Community Response Fund grant. This grant has reassured us that our hard work hasn’t gone unnoticed. This has empowered us to find new innovative ways to use our talents and gifts to continue to uplift our communities here in the St. Louis region. — Emeara Burns, Steward Family Foundation Program Director at Saint Louis Story Stitchers

From Flint, Michigan to Montgomery, Alabama, to Oakland, California, the recipients cultivate leadership opportunities and safe spaces for the young people they support. Many of the recipients have budgets of less than $100,000 per year, and two-thirds are led by people of color. Through their community-driven and youth-focused approach, they have become safe havens for the young people they serve during COVID-19. Learn about the recipients: https://www.thelewisprize.org/ 

The Lift vs The Crunch


Episode VI

The Lift vs The Crunch

In this discussion about the lifting of the quarantine, youth leaders explore fact, fiction, and fears of life in the new reality with their guest, Jamie KP Dennis, director of Save Our Sons at the Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis and a co-founder of Saint Louis Story Stitchers. Recorded live on May 29, 2020 in Zoom in St. Louis, Missouri.

Pick the City UP Art Interlude: To The Prairie by KP Dennis and Ntegrity

Copyright Saint Louis Story Stitchers, 2019 

Back Story IV streaming tonight


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Back Story IV: Cali on StitchCast Studio will stream tonight at 7:30 PM to storystitchers.org, facebook, Youtube, and Vimeo.

Saint Louis Story Stitchers Stream Team share the never before heard back stories to works of art produced by members of the Artists Collective.

Thursday, June 11th at 7:30 PM, Story Stitchers artists Emeara and Cali will discuss Cali’s role at Story Stitchers and in the development of StitchCast Studio youth-led podcast project. Check out some of Cali’s dance moves , too!

To learn more about StitchCast Studio, which is featured on apple podcasts and other podcast platforms, please visit: storystitchers.org/stitchcast-studio/

 

 

National Gun Violence Awareness Day


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#wearorange brings awareness to National Gun Violence Awareness Day each year.

Orange is the color hunters wear to say, “Don’t shoot! I’m human.”

In recognition of this movement, Saint Louis Story Stitchers are featured artists in Moms Demand Action’s presentation across the state of Missouri.

Saturday, June 6th at 2:00 PM

Get the link to watch HERE.

We will also stream the Story Stitchers presentation at 5:00 PM to our own platforms.

Hope you will catch the stream and #wearorange!

 

 

Congrats! Gun Violence Initiative


Saint Louis Story Stitchers is a member of the family that makes up the Gun Violence Initiative at Washington University’s Institute for Public Health. Today the Gun Violence Initiative celebrates 5 years and we congratulate all of our friends there for their work as we look forward to continuing this important partnership.

Check out their video to learn what we’ve been up to!

You will hear some Story Stitchers music included in the video!