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Chicago Job Profile: For Volunteer Coordinator, Tutoring Young Writers is a Labor of Love

Chicago Tribune - May 10, 2015

The local nonprofit group 826CHI serves over 3,500 students per year, helping them with creative and expository writing skills through free programming. With a staff of just nine, helping that many students would be impossible without the volunteers who are the heart of the organization.

Elif Karatas, 25, the group's volunteer coordinator, is charged with recruiting, training and supporting an enthusiastic crew of helpers.

"I do a lot of relationship building," Karatas said. "This means making sure that we have the necessary partnerships to get people through the door to work with our students."Read More

The Local Look: 826CHI and the Wicker Park Secret Agent Supply Co.

Chicago Ideas Week - April 27, 2015

Perhaps you have recently walked past the Wicker Park Secret Agent Supply Co. (formerly the Boring Store) and wondered what was inside. Behind the shop is not, as you might imagine, a secret agent training facility. Instead, it is a youth literacy and writing nonprofit, 826CHI that the Wicker Park Secret Agent Supply Co. donates its profits to. 826CHI is part of the national 826 network of writing and tutoring centers, which fosters self-expression and collaboration in students ages 6 to 18 while improving their reading and writing skills. From holding writing workshops to publishing collections of student-written work, 826CHI’s diverse programming empowers young readers and writers to strengthen their skills and let their imaginations run wild.Read More

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826CHI’s ‘My So-Called Prom’ Fundraiser Set for May 9

DNA Info - April 21, 2015

Local nonprofit 826CHI is inviting adults to relive their prom experience with a '90s-themed dance, "My So-Called Prom," next month at Lincoln Square's DANK Haus.

The Wicker Park nonprofit center's 10th annual fundraiser, set for 8-11:30 p.m. May 9 at DANK Haus, 4740 N. Western Ave., includes a dance party hosted by the Fabulous Ladies of Fitness, beer, wine and spirits, a costume contest, photo booth and more.Read More

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GOOD Feature: Helen

GOOD Magazine - April 2015

Helen Boggess, 826CHI volunteer since 2014:

I became an after-school tutor thanks to a good friend who has worked at 826 for the last few years. I studied elementary education in college, and after some bumpy roads which led to my teaching license being severely delayed, I was looking for other avenues to be involved in Chicago's education system.Read More

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GOOD Feature: Leah

GOOD Magazine - March 2015

Leah Allen, 826CHI volunteer since 2007:

I had lived in Chicago for about a year when I started volunteering at 826 back in 2007—and at first, it was not only a way to give back to the community I was falling in love with, but it was also a way to meet a new group of people. For the first few years, I spent most of my time as an after school tutor, and the work was far more rewarding that I could have imagined. Watching students learn and improve is so wonderful, and I feel very lucky to be part of an organization that provides such a fantastic environment for these kids. Taking part as Admiral Moody is a lot of fun, and it has really become a creative outlet for me.Read More

Community Forum - 826CHI

CAN TV - March 13, 2015

Tyler Stoletenberg, Abi Humber and Jessica Statz discuss the work of 826CHI, a nonprofit writing and tutoring center. This program was produced by Chicago Access Network Television (CAN TV).Read More

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GOOD Feature: Hannah and Michael

GOOD Magazine - March 2015

Hannah Callas, 826CHI volunteer since 2013

I moved to Chicago when I was 18, getting myself to 826CHI was my very first experience riding the train. My parents had returned to California and I had to get myself to a volunteer training I signed up for the week before. My two-train commute took me 50 minutes and I probably allotted for much longer than that. It was not until three months later after weekly after-school tutoring and morning field trips at 826 that I realized I could get there in 15 minutes on a bus. At the very least, being a regular volunteer at 826 taught me how to read a map.Read More

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When Non-Profit Meets For-Profit: 826CHI and The Wicker Park Secret Agent Supply Co.

Vocalo - February 3, 2015

Late last year 826CHI, Chicago’s outpost of the literacy non-profit 826, moved locations. Formerly known as "The Boring Store," The Wicker Park Secret Agent Supply Co. is the new storefront to 826CHI, selling reverse-psychological spy entele. We’re joined by retail manager Tyler Stoltenberg about how to fund with fun and 826CHI Program Director Abi Humber about what goes on behind the storefront.Read More

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826CHI Compendium Vol. 4

Tiny Bold Creative - January 2015

Every two years, 826CHI compiles the best of the best from their tutoring students’ writing, and publishes a collection called the Compendium. Many volunteers pour through the hundreds of stories, ranging from heartfelt and raw, to one-liner jokes. Tiny Bold was honored when approached by 826CHI to design the cover and interior layout for their Compendium, Volume 4. The theme was to make a book an atlas; you need not read in order to get a full journey in the best sense.Read More

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Chicago League of Lady Arm Wrestlers’ CLLAW XX!: MY BLOODY VALENTINE Set for Logan Square Auditorium

BroadwayWorld Chicago - January 15, 2015

It's an epic collision of Friday the 13th and Valentine's Day as The Chicago League of Lady Arm Wrestlers' (CLLAW) present their first ever mash-up match: CLLAW XXI: My Bloody Valentine on Friday, February 13, 2015 at Logan Square Auditorium, 2539 N. Kedzie Ave. in Chicago. Presented by Sideshow Theatre Company, CLLAW's 21th bout will feature Chicago's biggest, baddest, most belligerent lady arm wrestlers decked out in over-the-top outfits with fast-talking managers, ebullient entourages and shady referees. Read More

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