Leading with love, we educate, equip, and empower students in the St. Louis region to overcome the societal burden of low expectations, experience the freedom of a purposeful life, and grow to their full God-given potential. We pursue our mission of transformative youth development through community engagement and health education, raising up the next generation of
role models and leaders.
We envision families strengthened, communities enriched, and cities transformed by the unmatched impact of young adults pursuing God’s purpose
for their lives.
Suicide & Crisis LifeLine:
National Domestic Violence Hotline: 1.800.799.SAFE (7233)
or Text “START” to 88788
National Human Trafficking Hotline: 1.888.373.7888 or Text
“HELP” or “INFO” to 233733
SAMHSA National Helpline (Drug/Alcohol):
"Growing up as the middle child of five, it was hard for me to ever feel like I belonged. I desperately searched for approval from peers, my parents, and most of all my teachers. My grades..."
"I was born into poverty, without much at all. My mother wasn’t responsible and neglected my two younger sisters and me. Our father wasn’t in the picture, and before we knew it we were sleeping in shelters and on the occasional church pew. Eventually, we were..."
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"Before joining BreakDown STL, I was simply a shy girl who didn’t completely understand her worth. Looking back, I find that I was consumed with unhealthy relationships. I had surrounded myself with people who weren’t interested in championing me and pushing me to meet my potential. I always felt..."
"Seventh, Eighth, and Ninth grade were very lonely years for me. I struggled with finding a friend group that shared the same morals as I did and in turn it left me home alone and isolated. In that isolation..."