Stitchers Youth Council

Join Stitchers Youth Council today!

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

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!

Recording a verse at Stitchers Storefront Studio

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.


Covid Policies for Indoor Venues:

Effective September 1st, 2021, all people who are 12 years or older who wish to enter Story Stitchers venues will need to bring a photo ID and either their physical vaccination card or a photo of their vaccination card. Unvaccinated people, including unvaccinated adults and unvaccinated children over the age of 12, must provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test: either a PCR test taken within 72 hours of the activity start time or an antigen test taken within 24 hours of the activity start time.

Story Stitchers policy also includes mandatory mask wearing indoors, social distancing, and frequent hand washing and use of hand sanitizer.

For more information on our Covid safety policies, please visit:

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616 N Skinker in the Loop District

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

and Online in Zoom








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.

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.

StitchCast Studio LIVE!

  • 6:00 PM Youth-leaders discuss current topics in live podcast recordings at The Stage, 3524 Washington Ave


  • Friday, October 15
  • Friday, October 29
  • Friday, November 12
  • Friday, December 10

Story Stitchers Studios will reopen for fully vaccinated artists and youth in October, 2021.

Saint Louis Story Stitchers, citing rising Covid-19 cases in the region, announced September 1, 2021, that it plans to require proof of vaccination or proof of a negative Covid-19 test within the past 72 hours for access to its indoor studio and stage spaces for people over age 12 who wish to enter.

See our NEW Covid policies here:

In the meantime, please consider getting officially vaxxed and join us in Zoom and and at outdoor events!

Dance Battles!

  • 7:00-9:00 PM
  • $300 1st Place, $150 2nd Place Prizes! Pfizer Vaccines!


  • Saturday, September 11, 7:00-9:00 PM


  • Who can podcast or compete at Story Stitchers events?
  • 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

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

Saint Louis Story Stitchers youth programs are supported through grants from The Lewis Prize For Music, City of St. Louis Youth Crime Prevention grant of 2020, Steward Family Foundation, Youthbridge Community Foundation Nonprofit Recovery and Resilience Fund, Missouri Foundation for Health, Incarnate Word Foundation, Regional Arts Commission, and Arts and Education Council PNC grant for Story Stitchers’ annual Pick the City UP program, and Spirit of St. Louis Women’s Fund.

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