We believe every young person, regardless of circumstance, should be expected and supported to thrive in life, work and learning. Our vision is to build communities where this is possible.
Wyman’s mission is to enable teens from economically disadvantaged circumstances to lead successful lives and build strong communities.
WHO DO WE SERVE?
Wyman serves youth aged 11 to 18 in greater St. Louis and nationally living in low-resource environments and whose circumstances create risk of lower life opportunities.
HOW DO WE SERVE?
- PROVIDE. Wyman designs and delivers quality, proven programs to empower teens to become healthy, productive and engaged adults.
- REPLICATE. Wyman’s National Network supports partner organizations in affordably replicating programs to build the capacity of their organizations, and support as many teens as possible.
- ADVOCATE. On a national, state and local level, Wyman advocates to improve systems and policies so communities have the resources they need to enable teens to thrive in life, work and learning.
WHAT ARE THE OUTCOMES?
Our programs enable youth to become self-confident, compassionate and accountable; lead, plan, problem solve and communicate; be successful in school and in life; and be well prepared to act as contributing students, family members, employees and citizens. Teens in Wyman programs are achieving grade level advancement on time, graduating high school, moving on to college and developing a sense of responsibility for themselves and their communities.
WE ARE 117 YEARS OLD AND COUNTING
Founded in 1898 by a group of prominent St. Louis citizens, Wyman’s original purpose was to provide children living in sweltering tenements with fresh air, good food and healthy outdoor activities. In the year 2000, Wyman narrowed its focus to the particular, and increasingly complex, needs of today’s teens by developing and administering long-term, outcome-based programs to help teens find meaning and purpose, develop healthy lifestyles, and then share their success with their communities.
In June 2015, Wyman Center and inspireSTL signed a formal collaboration agreement to combine the two organizations. Thanks to this new partnership, inspireSTL is now serving as a sister program to Wyman’s locally based Teen Leadership Program (TLP) and nationally recognized Teen Outreach Program (TOP).
As two organizations deeply committed to youth, community and collaboration, we believe that with the right support, our youth can – and will – become the next generation of leaders capable of transforming their communities. This partnership will help us make that vision a reality by delivering greater resources to support local teens, and giving us the potential to deploy additional groundbreaking youth development strategies nationwide.
Learn more: http://wymancenter.org/whatwedo/stl/inspirestl/.