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Our birthday party was a hit!

Our birthday party was a hit!

August 28th—

An enormous thank you to all who joined us on Ace Hotel Chicago's rooftop for our birthday party—what a joyful way to kick off the school year! We're especially grateful to Ace for hosting us, to our emcees Yerika and Aanika, to proud student-readers Diego, Julissa, and Mayra, and to TASHA and Friends of the Bog for their soulful and celebratory musical sets.
Check our social media pages for more photos from the event. Hope you had a great 826 Day!

Women’s Equality Day

Women’s Equality Day

August 26th—

“I discovered my identity as a woman when I was eight years old. I was obsessed with the movie Tarzan and loved the idea of running wild with all the animals and just being free in every way . . .” —Lauryn, 12th grade

Today, Women’s Equality Day, commemorates the 1920 certification of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution which granted some women in the U.S. the right to vote.

At 826CHI, we’re dedicated to uplifting the voices of our student-authors whose stories might otherwise be overlooked. We believe in the value of listening when our young people tell us about themselves and their world, as their insights redefine what it means to be a woman, to be a Chicagoan, to be a writer. In her essay, Lauryn continues: “I define me.”

Read the rest of her essay, “Identity Changed Me and I Changed Identity,” in our Writing Gallery >> 

Volunteer with us!

Volunteer with us!

August 22nd—

Volunteers wanted for the upcoming Fall semester! Check out our calendar for the New Volunteer Orientations on September 5th, 6th, and 20th (all new volunteers are required to attend one). Sign up here >>

THIS FRIDAY: Our Birthday Party at the Ace Hotel

THIS FRIDAY: Our Birthday Party at the Ace Hotel

August 21st—

You're invited to celebrate 826CHI's (unofficial) birthday on the scenic rooftop of the brand-new Ace Hotel Chicago

This event is all-ages and open to the public, so tell your friends! We'll be celebrating the students, families, teachers, volunteers, donors, and community partners that make 826CHI a caring, compassionate, and creative space for young people to explore their worlds through writing.

You can count on fantastic skyline views, readings from our student-authors, musical performances from TASHA and Friends of the Bog, *free* snacks and drinks (plus a cash bar), and writing activities.
 
See you at the Ace Hotel (311 N Morgan St) from 6-9pm on 826 Eve: Friday, August 25th. RSVP now with a pay-what-you-can donation by clicking here.

#CharlottesvilleCurriculum

#CharlottesvilleCurriculum

August 15th—

826CHI stands in solidarity with those in Charlottesville who put themselves at risk to speak out against white supremacy. The 826 Stand asserts, “We as educators, volunteers, and caring adults need to be aware of the wide range of issues our students face on a day-to-day basis. We need to support these young people as they navigate through and try to make sense of the world and their own identities.”

After the recent events in Charlottesville, making sense of the world today is difficult not only as educators but as individuals and community members. #CharlottesvilleCurriculum is not only a trending hashtag but also a movement in which resources and ideas are being collected from diverse perspectives to unpack what has happened, why it happened, and what we can do to have informed and intentional conversations with each other and with young people.

We hope you find it useful as we continue to stand with those most vulnerable to racial violence and (re)define what it means to be an educator, volunteer, and community leader. Check out The Charlottesville Syllabus here.

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