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Join the 826CHI Mission this #GivingTuesday

December 1st—

Every dollar allows 826CHI to help amplify young voices, from page to publication. Join the Mission this #GivingTuesday, and CLICK HERE to read about the impact your support has had on one student, Yachun L.

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Winter 2016 Program Deadlines & Start Dates

December 1st—

Please note: 826CHI's fall programming ends Friday, December 11th, 2015. Our offices will be closed from Thursday, December 24th until Monday, January 4th, 2016.

Come January, we have a schedule chock-full of tuition-free programming ready for Chicago students. Registration deadlines and start dates are as follows:

Winter/spring Internship
The deadline for winter/spring internships at 826CHI was Friday, November 27th.
The winter/spring internship begins Tuesday, January 12th, 2016.
Apply for a summer internship by Friday, April 29th, 2016.

Weekend Workshops
Registration will be open online from Tuesday, January 5th until Friday, January 22nd. By Monday, January 25th, all parents will be notified of their child's enrollment status.
Winter Workshops begin Saturday, February 6th, 2016.

After-School Tutoring & Writing
Registration is full for the 2015-2016 school year.
Tutoring resumes Monday, January 18th, 2016.

Field Trips
Registration is full for the 2015-2016 school year.
Field Trips resume Wednesday, January 13th, 2016.

In-Schools and Community Partnerships
For partnerships beginning in March, April, or May 2016, submit your proposal by Thursday, December 31st, 2015. CLICK HERE to access the request form.
In-Schools resume Monday, January 18th, 2016.

Youth Advisory Board
Registration is full for the 2015-2016 school year.
YAB resumes Monday, January 11th, 2016.

Submission Deadline: TODAY

December 1st—

Don't forget that student submissions to The 826CHI Compendium Volume V are due today at 5pm! For more information and to submit an original poem or story, please CLICK HERE.

Things For Which We Are Thankful; An Incomplete But Heartfelt List

November 24th—

Our students, parents, families and their brilliantly creative minds. Our volunteers and their unwavering enthusiasm and commitment. Our partner teachers, whose wisdom and energy inspire us daily. Our interns, who work tirelessly to make everything we do so much better. Our store customers, whose purchases of Fingertip Lasers and assorted ephemera make our work possible.

Our generous donors, who support us at every turn in deeply meaningful and sometimes unexpected ways. Our sister chapters, who inspire us to bring the absolute best programs to our students and families.

And, finally, we are grateful for the enormous container of Jelly Bellies, which fueled the composition of this very post.

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Week 2: Brentano Elementary Book Project

November 10th—

In our second session with the young writers of Brentano Math and Science Academy, students focused on beginning to develop their stories’ settings and deepening the development of their characters.

Using character details from our first lesson as a jumping off point, volunteers coached students on crafting settings full of description and sensory detail, thereby helping readers clearly “see” the worlds that students had so vividly imagined. Monsters’ homes ranged from the basement of the Brentano Math and Science Academy to Chicago’s own Campbell St (but only in the spring or summertime) to Mount Everest.

Next, we re-convened for an all-class discussion about the narrative arc of a story, focusing on how stories open. When we reviewed the terms protagonist and antagonist, one student was quick to point out that, often, “We only root for the protagonist because that’s the perspective we’re following. It’s all a matter of whose perspective we’re seeing.”

Once we had a firm grasp on characters, setting, and status quo, volunteers supported students as they determined what their monster wants more than anything in the world, and what their monster is most afraid of. We intend to eventually use our monsters’ fears to create obstacles, which they’ll need to (non-violently) overcome in order to achieve their desires.

Excerpts From The Student Bestiary
>> Chris’s monster: Haley, who wants to get married, but is stopped every time she tries by her brother, who is named Six Eyes on account of his many (presumably: six) eyes.

>> Oscar’s monster: A disgraced monster prince, forced to wander the desert as penance for his wrongdoings.

Next Up: Plot development! Using blank storyboarding panels, the young writers will focus on using specific moments of action and spoken dialogue to explore the concepts of rising action and climax.

CLICK HERE to read all about Week One with the Brentano students / the Young Authors Book Project as a whole!

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