WYMAN CALLS FOR COMMUNITY COLLABORATION
AND PEACEFUL RESPONSE FOLLOWING GRAND JURY DECISION
Director, Communication and External Affairs
St. Louis, MO [Nov. 24, 2014] – Wyman offers the below response to the community turmoil and events that have followed the death of Michael Brown.
“We acknowledge the frustration, tension, anger, pain and hardship that people are feeling all across the region,” said David Hilliard, President and CEO of Wyman Center. “We support those calling for peaceful protests and make our commitment to support responses that can put an end to injustice, as well as racial and economic discrimination and community violence from wherever it emanates.
“What we do as a region can redefine a generation. If we get it right, it will set the stage for a brighter future long-term,” added Hilliard. “We are committed to working alongside our neighbors to build the community our young people deserve. As a youth development organization, we’re laser focused on providing young people with the tools and training they need to take part in that dialogue and shape the future they wish to see.”
At present, Wyman’s Teen Outreach Program® (TOP®) and Teen Leadership Program (TLP) serve youth across north St. Louis County and the City of St. Louis, with the largest number of youth served in Ferguson-Florissant, Normandy and University City schools.
In the field, at a local and national scale, Wyman is:
- Equipping teens with the tools they need to have a voice, interact empathetically, and meaningfully engage at a social and civic level.
- Researching programs and identifying best practices that successfully incorporate young people into conversations about their future.
- Being present at the school-level to listen and provide both classroom and one-on-one support to students, educators and administrators.
- Providing program staff with resources to connect young people to trauma support.
- Hosting listening sessions with young people and staff to understand the real-time challenges young people and educators are facing.
- Working openly with others to have the honest conversations that will ultimately lead to healthier, more inclusive communities.
About Wyman Center Wyman, a 501(c) 3 not-for-profit and proud member of the United Way, partners with communities to provide teens with the support and opportunities they need to survive and thrive in life. Wyman’s innovative programs are powerful and effective, and the staff is highly acclaimed and committed to preparing today’s youth. For more information, visit www.wymancenter.org.
Community Resources: Aside from Wyman, there are several resources that St. Louisans may call on for support.
- The United Way offers a “ 211” phone line to field a variety of human service needs, as well as a directory search via http://www.211helps.org/.
- Additionally, Behavioral Health Response offers a 24-hour helpline as well as mobile outreach for emotional support, available via 314-469-6644.