T E E N
MATTERS SPRING 2011
Wyman Volunteers Give Back Nearly 4,000 Hours
■ Wyman Volunteers
Give Back Nearly
The Tri-County Helpmates (pictured above at their 2010 Christmas luncheon) have volunteered at
Column Wyman once a month for over 30 years! Their dedication has provided hundreds of hours of service
each year, assisting with a variety of projects from programming to administration.
■ Inaugural Gala
Raises $128,000 Volunteers save Wyman over years and in 2010 donated a total of 208
for Wyman $145.5K in 2010 hours of their time. Most of their work
last year was helping the TLP program
Whether they were mentoring teens, complete newsletter mailings and
pulling weeds or planning events – Wyman correspondence to Wyman teens and
3 volunteers gave back big in 2010, with donors – however, they are notoriously
nearly 4,000 hours of their time! willing to help wherever needed!
■ Teen Profile The Independent Sector announced In addition, the Americorps VISTAs
■ Teen that the estimated pay rate for volunteers have contributed significantly to Wyman’s
should be $20.85. If Wyman paid each development over the past year, assisting
Accomplishments volunteer that estimated rate, we would with volunteer management, upgrades
have spent over $145,500. This amount is to our IT system, and the successful
an average savings of $12,100 per month launch and maintenance of Wyman’s TOP
– making Wyman volunteers an invaluable network. One individual volunteer to note
part of operation here in St. Louis! is Wyman’s IT Administrator, who has
The greatest number of volunteer hours generously donated his time to administrate
were spent mentoring and tutoring teens technology and servers for Wyman – a vital
in Wyman’s direct delivery of Wyman’s source of savings!
4 Finally, the consistent support from
Teen Outreach Program® (TOP), Teen
■ News, Events & Leadership Program (TLP) and Five Star Wyman’s volunteer Board of Trustees,
Opportunities clubs in St. Louis. Young Leaders Board and event committees
Wyman had a number of groups help provided more than 300 hours of leadership
around the Eureka/Wildwood campus over the year in the form of board meetings,
with various building repairs and upkeep, committees and events, contributing greatly
including Kiwanis Clubs, Six Flags, to Wyman’s mission of youth development.
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Sperreng Middle School, MasterCard If you, too, would like to get involved
news and events at:
International and McCarthy Building individually or gather your co-workers and
Companies. These contributions provide spend an afternoon giving back, sign up
significant savings in facility maintenance. on the Become Involved page at www.
W Y M A N One group to note for their consistency in wymancenter.org or send an email to
Real Teens. Real Life. Real Results. volunteering is the Tri-County Helpmates. the Volunteer Coordinator at volunteer@
This group of women has been reliably wymancenter.org.
volunteering once a month for over 30
President’s Column Inaugural Gala raises
Dave Hilliard over $128,000 for Wyman
in the positive
to be an exciting
time for you,
Wyman, and the youth we serve.
• The scale of service we have
already achieved over the past Corporate Chair, Warner Baxter, mingled
with Wyman teens that attended the gala
decade is significant – reaching as “teen paparazzi” and to share their
tens of thousands of teens from experiences in Wyman programs.
• Our commitment to evidence- Guests graced the orange
based practices, fidelity, and outcome carpet to support St. Louis teens
accountability is leading us to
the forefront of the national youth On Saturday, February 12, 2011
development stage among those Wyman hosted the inaugural Wyman
serving the poor and most vulnerable Orange Carpet Gala: A Night at the
youth. Oscars, presented by Ameren Mis-
• The appreciation of our work and souri, and raised over $128,000 for
approach by the federal government young people from disadvantaged cir-
and those in Congress has increased cumstances in St. Louis.
our access and influence with those Guests arrived on the orange car-
who set and monitor policy, positioning pet, greeted by “Joan Rivers” and the
us to speak for our young people more Wyman teen paparazzi, and entered
effectively. the elegant Palladium St. Louis for an
As we continue to expand our reach evening of Oscar excitement. They in-
and influence, our path is sure to dulged in a decadent dinner and des-
be steep and challenging. It will test sert and danced the night away with
us and push our comfort zone, and entertainment by The Fabulous Mo-
will continue to require courage and town Revue. The evening presenta-
change. Although the route and pace of
tion, highlighted by an Oscar-opening
this climb is not yet fully clear, revealing
itself like a mountain fog lifting, the by Wyman teen Drew M. (see profile
ultimate destination is clear - to bring on pg. 3), shared with guests the life-
our vision for teens to a new scale and changing effect that Wyman programs
scope that makes a meaningful and have on young people in St. Louis.
important difference to each young A special thanks to our sponsors
person we serve, and ultimately to the Ameren Missouri, Sense Corp, Brown
St. Louis region and the nation. Smith Wallace, LLC, Archer Wealth
Wyman’s journey has been a Management, LLC, One at a Time
tremendous one – from a small camp Foundation, The Kling Family Foun-
in the woods to a nationally recognized dation and John S. Sandberg for all
youth development agency. As it their support. The gala was chaired
continues, it will require preparation, by Warner Baxter (President/CEO of
discipline, competence, teamwork, Ameren Missouri) and John McHugh
perseverance and passionate faith in (Retired, LMS Co-Owner; Co-Found-
the cause – that the teens we serve er, COO & CFO).
may be fully prepared for success in Funds raised from the event en-
school, family, work and civic life. able teens in Wyman programs to
2011 brings just the next leg of the Spotted on the Orange Carpet with “Joan overcome the odds –achieving grade
journey – exciting and a little scary, Rivers” (from top to bottom): level advancement on time, graduat-
but achievable if we take care to step Harvey and Madeleine Wallace; Stephen
ing high school, going on to college
smartly and together! So, here’s to and Barbara Archer; Missouri Senator Jane
Cunningham and Mark Tucker; Chairman of or careers, and developing a sense of
this year’s climb, which
I look forward to sharing Wyman’s Board of Trustees, John Sandberg responsibility for themselves and their
and Celeste Vossmeyer. communities – our community!
Profile Drew M. – Performer, Scholar, Dreamer
Drew M. is a sophomore at Hazelwood West High
School in his third year in Wyman’s Teen Leadership Pro-
gram (TLP). He has a love of the stage that dates back
to his first performance in “The Sound of Music” at The
Muny in fourth grade and has graced the stages of his
middle school, high school and community theatres near-
ly 15 times since then.
As a freshman, Drew landed the role of Seymour, the
lead in his high school’s presentation of “Little Shop of
Horrors” – a feat he claims is his biggest accomplishment
to date. Most recently, he wowed guests at the Wyman
Orange Carpet Gala as he sang Michael Buble’s version
of “Feeling Good” during the opening presentation.
In addition to theatre and choir, Drew is busy taking
“as many honors classes as he can” including Advanced
Chemistry and Algebra II. In the face of so many extra-
curricular activities and classwork, Drew credits TLP for
helping him to deal with stress, handle obstacles, man-
age anger and gain maturity. “It blows my mind to think
about how much [TLP] has affected me. I feel like I’ve re-
ally grown and gained so much experience,” Drew said.
He looks forward to his final two years in the program
when he will explore his options for college. “I’m stressed
about college, but in the next few years in TLP, I will feel
it out and narrow down my choices,” Drew said. He has
already begun the narrowing process, stating that his
dream school is Yale. Even though he is skeptical of his
odds of being accepted, he has every intention of giving
it a shot. After graduation, he plans to major in Theatre or Drew M. is no stranger to the stage – he recently brought guests
English & French Education and one day to perform on to their feet at Wyman’s Orange Carpet Gala where he performed
stage as Max Bialystock in “The Producers.” during the opening presentation.
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