Wyman envisions a day when all young people in America will thrive in learning, work and life. Our mission is to empower teens from disadvantaged circumstances to lead successful lives and build strong communities. We value relationships, results, learning and inclusion in all that we do.
Wyman was founded in 1898 by a group of prominent St. Louis citizens dedicated to the well-being of the city’s youth. Today, Wyman and our partners continue to carry forward the same vision set forth by our founders. Our programs have been recognized for their impact by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the U.S. Department of Justice. Wyman is also recognized as one of the “100 Top Non-Profits in America Creating Social Impact” by the Social Impact Exchange.
As a “Learning Organization,” Wyman is dedicated to advancing solutions that are proven to impact the lives of teens and their communities. Wyman’s Research and Learning department increases the organization’s effectiveness and impact by determining the effective components and best practices of Wyman’s programs; assessing, prioritizing, and launching programmatic innovations; and driving a national knowledge exchange about positive youth development approaches and outcomes.
We believe that a multi-faceted approach is required to truly ignite change for our nation’s youth – especially those youth living in under-resourced environments. Working across three levels, with unique impact strategies for each level, Wyman works to create equitable opportunity for teens to succeed.
Wyman’s engaging, empowering and experiential programs help teens build skills, develop a sense of self, and develop connections to their world. As a result, teens achieve educational success, develop healthy behaviors and relationships, and exhibit life and leadership skills.
Our ability to meaningfully impact teens hinges on our belief that caring, professionally trained adults can work with young people to help them build their strengths – which in turn, empowers them to succeed. To that end, we equip adults through a series of professional practice development opportunities, which increases knowledge and improves their professional practices when serving youth in a variety of settings, including: formal and informal education, health, juvenile justice and child welfare. As a result, adults working with young people from disadvantaged circumstances are continuously improving the lives of the youth they serve.
The systems serving youth in America are in need of solutions – solutions that will set the conditions for all youth to succeed, and for the adults that serve them to do so more effectively. These solutions can take many forms, but always require collaboration between adults serving youth, and the systems that employ them. Wyman works with school districts and other youth-serving systems to advocate for the right set of successful conditions for youth, and the adults that serve them.