Stitchers Youth Council

It’s free!

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

Story Stitchers Youth Council 

3701 Grande Sq, Studio 1A, 63108

Young artists and business enthusiasts 16-25 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 16-25-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 creates 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.


Unless Story Stitchers are out in the community, The Center is open for youth with various activities including rehearsals, beat making, music production, project planning, internships, and more:

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 3:00-8:00

Saturday 1:00-5:00

Earn stipends for developing work to serve your community!!

Free for youth!

Need transportation?

Get a free Gateway Go Pass!




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 16-25, 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.

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.

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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 have been supported with funds from the City of St. Louis Youth Crime Prevention grant, 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, the Arts and Education Council, Deaconess Foundation, and Trio Foundation of St. Louis.

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