Support through connection

Teens are at the center of everything we do.

Through our programs, teens create consistent positive relationships with adults who help them build life skills, develop a positive sense of self, and make healthy connections with others and the community.

As our young people continue to face challenges, racial injustice, and trauma, Wyman staff are listening and providing our teens with support and space for connection and empowerment. At the heart of all of our programs is helping our young people develop the Social-Emotional Learning skills that are critical to ensuring they learn to overcome challenges, feel connected to and build relationships with others and their community, and do well in school.

Our Programs

Wyman blends a teen-centered approach with evidence-based practices to create a flexible strategy for youth development that helps each teen define and achieve personal success.

Wyman Leaders

Wyman Leaders supports 530 St. Louis teens annually as they enter and complete college and career education programs, develop life and leadership skills, and create strong connections to their communities. Wyman Leaders is a 10 year program – from 7th grade through four years of postsecondary education – and participants are recruited from partner middle schools in St. Louis City, St. Louis County, and Jefferson County.

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Teen Outreach Program (TOP)

Delivered in St. Louis by Wyman, and across the country by our network of partners, the Teen Outreach Program (TOP)  promotes positive youth development through a Social-Emotional Learning curriculum, community service learning, and supportive relationships with adults. TOP is a 9 month program and serves teens from 6th through 12th grade. Wyman directly delivers TOP to approximately 500 teens in the St. Louis area and an additional 23,000 teens are reached nationally through our network of partners.

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Teen Connection Project (TCP)

The Teen Connection Project (TCP) is Wyman’s newest evidence-based program. TCP is designed to improve peer relationships, social-emotional skills, school engagement, and well-being among high school aged youth. TCP is 1 semester long and serves teens from 9th through 12th grade. Since 2016, Wyman has delivered TCP to 353 teens in the St. Louis area. In 2019-20, five of our national partners piloted the program with 86 youth in their communities. Between 2021-2023, we anticipate over 400 youth will be served in Missouri. This expansion of TCP is made possible by a grant from the Missouri Foundation for Health.

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National Network

Wyman’s National Network works with organizations across the country to help adults build their skills and competencies in working with teens. The Network offers two evidence-based programs for replication – the Teen Outreach Program and the Teen Connection Project – and dozens of quality trainings designed for those who work with adolescents.

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Wrap Around Services

As a systems partner, Wyman helps to coordinate services across providers, facilitate trainings in adolescent development and social-emotional supports, and align policies and procedures to sustain positive change. In the 2019-20 school year, Wyman continued partnerships with the Normandy Schools Collaborative and the School District of University City. This marked the final year of system level work with Normandy, but our work with the School District of University City continues during the 2020-21 school year.

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