Careers & Volunteers

Saint Louis Story Stitchers Artists Collective gathers youth ages 16-24 years old to talk about current issues and turn that into art aimed at creating social change. The Artists Collective’s current focus is bullying, bias, and gun violence. Story Stitchers promote peace and understanding through a unique brand of urban storytelling, art, and hip-hop. Story Stitchers work on the root causes of youth gun violence including the trauma of poverty and the lack of adult guidance and mentorship by providing ongoing vocational training, safe spaces to gather, relevant cultural experiences, meaningful methods of self-expression, and character education through weekly meetings, in-school assembly programs, community building, and performances. The work of the Collective is authentic and powerful. It documents black history through written word and art including poetry, photography and video recordings while training the next generation to become active, engaged citizens. Programs become a force multiplier, rippling into families, schools and neighborhoods and offering solutions to pervasive urban problems.


StitchCast Studio

Youth 16-24years old living in the St. Louis region can earn $100!! 


Hey! How y’all doing out there? I hope everybody is staying safe and chillin’ at home. I want to tell you about StitchCast Studio! It’s a new podcast project by 16-24 year olds living in St. Louis city! Saint Louis Story Stitchers is making recordings that are gonna end up on every podcast platform! Got somethin’ to say?  Then come with me!

I want to let you know you can get in on this gig and earn an easy $100 bucks, too!

All we need you to do is CLICK HERE and fill out a quick application.

Be sure to sign at the VERY end and have a parent with you to sign if you are 16-17 years old.

Space is limited so do it today! Programs are underway now virtually in the Stitchers Zoom Room! You can participate from your place!



Saint Louis Story Stitchers Artists Collective

Seeks Nominations to the Board of Directors  

Philanthropy  literally means  “love of mankind”. So to be a philanthropist, you only need show a bit of love and concern for the well-being of your fellow humans.”

— Youthbridge Community Foundation

Saint Louis Story Stitchers is seeking nominations to the board of directors. The board is a diverse group of parents, professionals, and caring adults who give of themselves in various ways including time, skills, knowledge, and funds.

We are all very grateful for the giving of board members, past and present. You are the foundation that our artists and youth build upon. Thank you to our past and to our current board members!

2020 Board of Directors:

Susan Colangelo, President  and Executive Director

Cassandria White, Vice President

Sarah Gaby, Ph.D. Secretary

Maggie Wu, CPA, Treasurer

Members At Large:

Breona Butler – Chris Hansen – Keisa Johnson, Esq. – Eric Kayira, Esq. – Ebony Boyce Carter, MD, MPH –Wanda Wang – Hedy Lee, Ph.D. – Michelle Fleming

The Saint Louis Story Stitchers Artists Collective, a 501(c)(3) organization, is professional artists and inner-city youth grades ages 15-24, working together to create social change with a focus on gun violence prevention. Stitchers collect local stories, reframe and retell them through art, writing and performance to promote understanding, civic pride, intergenerational relationships and literacy. Story Stitchers are a Resident Organization at Kranzberg Arts Foundation in the vibrant Grand Center Arts District and run a Storefront Studio for recording and publishing at 616 N Skinker Blvd. in the historic Loop District.

Since 2013 Saint Louis Story Stitchers have gained support from or collaborated with: Washington University in St. Louis, Kranzberg Arts Foundation, Missouri Foundation for Health, Regional Arts Commission, Missouri Arts Council, Mid-America Arts Alliance, National Endowment for the Arts, Missouri Humanities Council, National Endowment for the Humanities, Youthbridge Community Foundation, Spirit of St. Louis Women’s Fund, Saigh Foundation, Cardinals Care, University of Missouri’s Extension Service’s St. Louis Storytelling Festival, KWMU’s We Live Here, Saint Louis Art Museum, Fringe Fest, St. Louis Mental Health Board, and more. The Collective meets with youth year-round and has presented publicly over 200 times, engaging a diverse audiences of over 18,000. Read more about IMPACT.

Story Stitchers has great momentum:

·       largest income in our history at $214,000

·       moving into a 2nd auxiliary space, pre-paid for 2021 in Kranzberg Arts Foundation

·       growing service to at-risk youth from 25 in 2019 to 75 in 2020

·       highly respected as a fine arts organization with growing national recognition

·       highly respected as a creative youth development organization with an impact on  youth crime prevention, racial justice, and community healing


Please contact Susan Colangelo, for more information.



Got a question? 
Email or call 314-899-9001.


The purpose of the Community Council is to build a network of support for the organization.

Story Stitchers Vice President Cassandria White serves as board liaison.

Community Council members…

  • ADVOCATE! Stay up to date, follow the blog and help to spread the word through social media.
  • ATTEND events and bring guests.
  • PARTICIPATE in the annual Bowl A Thon fundraiser. It’s a super simple and easy way to support peace!

Join today! The Bowl A Thon Committee needs YOU! It’s virtual due to Covid-19!

June 12-July 31, 2021

Start a fundraiser!!

STL Story Stitchers Pick the City UP at Gregory J Carter Park. IF8A5358


What — Art, music, spoken word, hip hop, creative writing.

How — Plan, participate, discuss, serve, record, rehearse, perform, exhibit.

Who — A select group of twenty highly engaged 16-24 year old youth.

Benefits — Mentoring, tutoring, access to higher education, better resume, business skills, artistic portfolio, make a difference in your community and more.

Work towards a better community while you have fun, make friends and build your resume with great extracurricular activities, expand your artistic and business skills, and have access to numerous adults for mentoring, tutoring and college and employment references. It’s about giving and the city you love!

Click HERE and fill out the form to apply!


Saint Louis Story Stitchers is a proud partner organization of STL Youth Jobs.

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