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.
Throughout our history, Wyman Center has served more than 600,000 St. Louis area children and youth through a variety of youth development programming – and through our mission programs, we continue to directly serve 1,400 young people from disadvantaged circumstances in the area, today.
Wyman’s Teen Leadership Program (TLP) employs a progressive year-round approach, over the course of six years to support healthy teen development, leadership capacity, college access and college persistence, beginning the summer before 9th grade. Learn more.
Wyman’s Teen Outreach Program® (TOP®) is a nationally replicated, evidence-based nine-month program used by schools, communities and other youth practitioners to empower teens to lead successful lives and build strong communities. Learn more.
Experience Wyman manages Wyman’s campus facilities in Eureka and hosts outdoor education camps, adult and youth retreats, birthday parties, family reunions, corporate team building, weddings, etc. for groups of all kinds. All proceeds generated from your “Wyman Experience” directly supports our mission to enable teens to lead successful lives and build strong communities. Learn more.
inspireSTL supports approximately 140 high potential, under-served scholars, who benefit from the organization’s preparation and matching support. inspireSTL places these scholars, identified as emerging young leaders who have the potential to transform the region, into local college prep schools, including Metro, Collegiate, Mary Institute and St. Louis Country Day School (MICDS), Saint Louis University High School (SLUH), Whitfield, Villa Duchesne and McKinley. Support begins the summer after 7th grade, and lasts through college, and includes securing financial aid, tutoring, coaching, ACT prep, and when necessary, providing financial resources to close the gap for books, uniforms and fees. inspireSTL also provides leadership development, support and training to scholars, so that they may serve as progressive change agents in their high schools, colleges and communities. Learn more.