Stitchers Youth Council


Make art, make friends, do something good for yourself and for your city!

Story Stitchers Youth Council 

616 N Skinker in the Loop District

3617 Grandel Square, 1st floor in Hansen House, Kranzberg Arts Foundation, Grand Center and Online in Zoom

Young artists and business enthusiasts 16-24 years old living in the Saint Louis, Missouri region learn as they help to build the nonprofit. Guest artists, arts workshops, hip hop, beat making, film and media studies, read aloud, resume writing, the art of business, open studio, photography, story collecting, storytelling, videography, music, games, mentors, and more!

Story Stitchers welcome 16-24-year-old youth living in the Saint Louis region to programs centered around creative youth development in music, media and performing arts, and visual art including photography and videography. Youth who want to take full advantage of the programs offered join Story Stitchers Youth Council. The Council created leadership opportunities for engaged youth that incorporate safe spaces to gather, culturally relevant mentors, opportunities to strengthen artistic, technical and soft job skills, powerful platforms from which to be heard, community partners, ownership over the program, a sense of extended family, stability and trust, friendships and opportunities to earn stipends for community service.

 Schedule

Earn stipends for developing work to serve your community!!

Free for youth!

UPComing In-Person Activities

Tuesday Nights – Rehearsals and Auditions at Central Stage

Thursday Nights – New podcasters Workshops on the Delmar Loop

Saturday Studio Sessions – Music Production in Grand Center

Performances – We all over the Lou!

 

Tuesdays

DJ UP

2:00-4:00

Workshops in the Art of DJ-ing for Social Change

Audition + Rehearse

Develop new work, audition, learn a Story Stitcher original piece, prepare to perform for the public!

Get on our Set Lists and you can earn $$$!

6:00-9:00

Central Stage, 3524 Washington Ave, 63103

Saturdays

Beat making and Music Production

12:00-5:00

Hansen House

3617 Grandel Sq, 63108

 

Thursdays

StitchCast Studio

Learn more about StitchCast Studio HERE

 

In StitchCast Studio, youth new to podcasting enter a 4-week, 8-hour program to learn about types and practices involved in podcasting and create their first podcast together in Zoom. Two session are run each month. Earn a $100 stipend for successful completion of the program.

After completing the new podcaster program, youth may continue to earn stipends and explore the medium as Alumni podcasters, with greater range of opportunities to explore pressing topics in a faster timeline.

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.

Available on PodbeanGoogle Podcasts, apple podcastsSpotify and Youtube.

 

 

Dance Battles!

DATES:

  • Saturday, July 16, August 20, Strauss Park, Grand Center, 7:00-10:00 PM
  • Saturday, September 17, Old North St. Louis, 2:00-7:00 PM

DETAILS FOR ALL CONTESTS:

  • Who can compete at Story Stitchers dance battles?
  • You must be 16-24 years old
  • Living in the St. Louis City or County
  • Arrive 1 hour prior to event with Photo ID with birthdate and a parent if under 18
  • Link to the main page to learn more
With support from the Regional Arts Commission

Pick the City UP Dance Battles are presented in part with support from the St. Louis Violence Prevention Commission and the Regional Arts Commission.

Branden Lewis, a Youth Council Co-Chair, holds The 2021 Accelerator Award from The Lewis Prize For Music

Saint Louis Story Stitchers admits youth of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and other school administered programs.

For information on our Covid safety policies, please visit: https://storystitchers.org/covid-19-safety-policies-and-procedures/

Saint Louis Story Stitchers creative youth development programs are supported through The Lewis Prize For Music Accelerator Award of 2021.

Saint Louis Story Stitchers youth programs are also supported with funds from the City of St. Louis Youth Crime Prevention grant of 2022, Regional Arts Commission, Lush Corporation’s The Charity Pot, March for Our Lives Aid & Alliance, Spirit of St. Louis Women’s Fund, and The Equity Impact Award from the Bezos Family Foundation and Creative Reaction Lab, and the Arts and Education Council.

 

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