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 over 500 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 9 year program – from rising 9th graders 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 to 500 teens, and to 23,000 teens nationally by our network of partners, the Teen Outreach Program (TOP) empowers teens with the tools and opportunities to develop social-emotional skills, build healthy relationships and community connections, develop a sense of purpose, and avoid risky behaviors. TOP promotes this positive youth development through a social-emotional curriculum, community service learning, and supportive relationships with adults. TOP is a 9 month program serving teens from 6th through 12th grade.

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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 a 12-14 week program 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 partners with organizations across the country to replicate evidence-based programs and help 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 a suite of high quality trainings designed for those who work with adolescents.

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Wrap Around Services

In partnership with local school districts, Wyman coordinates services across providers, facilitates trainings on adolescent development and social-emotional supports, and aligns policies and procedures to sustain positive change. The 2020-2021 school year marked our third year at the School District of University City.

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