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In-School Partners Wanted!

April 27th—

Educators! Want to share the magic and wonder of creative writing with your students with the help of 826CHI? We’re looking for in-school and community partners for fall 2016. The next review period is slated for mid-July for programs taking place between September and December 2016.

Due to high demand and limited capacity, we can only take on a few partnerships per semester. Deadline for proposal submissions is Thursday, June 30th, 2016. >> Apply NOW

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“This Could Go on for Centuries” Chapbook Release Party

April 26th—

Our most recent chapbook release party for “This Could Go on for Centuries” was a great success! On April 14 friends, family, and volunteers packed every chair, leaving some supporters in “standing room only.”

A dozen students volunteered to read, while a few others were somewhat shy, BUT we loved how our students encouraged each other to share their words with our eager audience!

“This Could Go on for Centuries” is available now at the Wicker Park Secret Agent Supply Co. for $5! Get your copy today.

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Young Authors Book Project Update

April 26th—

826CHI would like to thank Brentano Math & Science Academy’s Mark Harlan for his inexhaustible support of this year’s Young Author’s Book Project.

Whether encouraging his students to keep working on their stories at home, outside of our weekly writing sessions or facilitating student editorial board meetings, Mr. Harlan was instrumental in making the content of “The Monster Gasped, OMG!” as amazing as it is.

Brentano’s students are #blessed to have such a supportive and fearless teacher leading them into new worlds with writing, showing that it doesn’t have to be so scary after all.

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We’re Hiring!

April 22nd—

826CHI is hiring a Communications Coordinator via AmeriCorps VISTA. This yearlong position begins in August 2016, and will end in August 2017. Application deadline is Sunday, May 15th. To apply via AmeriCorps' online portal, click HERE!

The Communications Coordinator supports 826CHI's messaging across a wide range of platforms, ultimately increasing volunteer and donor engagement while shining a light on the creative work of our magnificent student-authors. In collaboration with the Communications Manager, the Communications Coordinator will implement 15+ individual communications campaigns and deepen the representation of each of our 5 core programs while researching opportunities to broaden our reach to new audiences across the city of Chicago.

Proficiency with Adobe InDesign, Photoshop, and/or Illustrator is required, as are impeccable written communication skills, a sharp sense of humor, a collaborative spirit, and a keen understanding of and commitment to 826CHI's voice and mission. This position requires the ability to work independently, maintain flexibility and positivity, and to learn new tasks and take on special projects with ease.

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“A Cheetah With Coffee In Its Daily Diet”

April 19th—

It is never too early to start reflecting on life, recording the moments that fill each day and experimenting with the memoir art form. During a Field Trip at 826CHI, 7th and 8th graders of Hurley Elementary School have picked up the pen to do just that. Between the covers of I Remember... A Cheetah with Coffee in its Daily Diet, are students' recollections—stories of life’s curveballs and celebrations; goofy moments and grievances shared; relationships and triumphs treasured.

Here at 826CHI, we couldn’t be more proud of this collection of memoirs, published and ready to be shared with you. Pick up your very own copy in the Secret Agent Supply today.

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