StitchCast Studio brings together youth and professional artists in St. Louis to develop and produce a series of podcast episodes.
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.
Season III features more youth-led podcasts, some including live audiences and live performance aspects!
Friday, September 10
6:00p – StitchCast Studio LIVE! – Youth-leaders discuss current topics & 7:30p – Pick the City UP Talent Showcase – Strauss Park – $200 1st Place!
Friday, September 24
5:00p – StitchCast Studio LIVE! – Youth-leaders discuss current topics – Strauss Park
- Wanna compete?
- You must be 16-24 years old
- Living in the St. Louis region
- Join Stitchers Youth Council to get involved! Members earn stipends to enable and support community service efforts and receive T-shirts and Story Stitchers hoodies! Earn $100 for your 1st podcast! Reach out to Emeara@storystitchers.org to learn more!
- Have a photo ID with birthdate
- Bring a parent and a photo ID with birthdate if you are under 18 years old
- Show up 1 hour prior to start time to register
- All acts must be family-friendly, dance or single mic acts such as spoken word, storytelling, solo song, or instrument. If guitar, please BYO amp.
- Pick the City UP Talent Showcase are Audience Favorite so bring your friends and family to vote for you!
- One 1st Place win maximum per person for summer season
- Canceled or postponed if raining. Watch this page or sign up for E-news for the latest!
Additional support for StitchCast Studio and Story Stitchers youth programs was provided by the Spirit of St. Louis Women’s Fund, The Lewis Prize for Music Accelerator Award, City of St. Louis Youth at Risk Crime Prevention grant of 2021, Lush Corporation’s The Charity Pot, St. Louis Violence Prevention Commission and ReCast.