December 1, 2018

Tillis Park Winter Wonderland (November 21 – December 29) – For over 30 years, Tilles Park in St. Louis County has been making memories for families across the region with its Winter Wonderland. The park is filled with millions of twinkling lights and various holiday s...

November 28, 2018

Along with encouraging the students to dream and plan, STL | LIFT helps the students prepare for the future they aspire to live. This is accomplished through internships and job shadowing opportunities like the one Danise, featured two weeks, got to participate in. Ano...

November 14, 2018

To get inner-city teenagers with poverty mindsets to think about the future is a challenge to begin with. The STL | LIFT program understands this reality and mentality and fights against it by encouraging the students to dream and plan.

They make career aspiration and i...

November 7, 2018

So far, the pictures included in the series have been accompanied by stories and experiences. This entry is different in that I am going to let the pictures speak for themselves and provide guiding words. I challenge you to think about what you see and the story you cr...

November 1, 2018

St. Louis International Film Festival (November 1 – 11) – This film festival showcases the very best in cutting-edge features and shorts from around the globe. The majority of the more than 400+ films screened – many of them critically lauded award-winners – will recei...

October 24, 2018

Every Saturday, I would drop off Akyrah and three other students to the STL | LIFT Skills Center. The Skills Center is a new addition to the STL | LIFT program this summer and Akyrah is the only student out of the four who is a girl.

Even though I had been driving...

October 17, 2018

I swung by the gardens before heading to the community center. I needed to clear out the room where the girls would be doing yoga that afternoon. I was looking for an extra set of hands and I found them in Makayla. 

I ask about her music preference as we climb in the ca...

October 10, 2018

Third Degree Glass Factory is the second business we are featuring in our DIDyouKNOW section of our series!

This artisan glass gallery & studio, open 10 AM - 5 PM everyday, offers classes plus monthly events with music & demonstrations and is a place where the community...

October 1, 2018

Annual Historic Shaw Art Fair (October 6 – 8) – Check out art from 135 exhibitors as you stroll along the Historic Shaw district at the Shaw Art Fair Oct. 4 and 5. This fair has been happening since 1993! Come admire the surrounding architecture, walk your dog, enjoy f...

September 26, 2018

He stands content, eating cookies, surprised at the softness of every bite, finding its hardened cinnamon exterior to be very misleading. I asked if he’d like to join us and he politely tells me my place of rest first belonged to him. He eyes the water bottle I must ha...

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