826CHI is looking to hire a part-time Program Coordinator who is highly-proficient in Spanish. For the full list of qualifications, job description, and application information, please click here.
On Thursday, November 21st, from 4-6pm, join 826CHI for our annual Thanksgiving Potluck and fall Chapbook Release! Our After-School Tutoring students have been hard at work editing, revising, and adding glorious detail to stories about inventions, dressing their families up in costume, and—of course—FOOD.
Even if you haven't made it to After-School Tutoring this semester, help us fill the room in support of our youngest authors! Bring a dish to share and, of course, your most raucous applause.
Monday, November 18, 826CHI's Director of Education, Zach Duffy, will be reading a piece of his own magnificent work at Essay Fiesta. This month marks Essay Fiesta's 4th birthday, so join us for a night of jubilee and jocularity!
Essay Fiesta is a free-and-open-to-the-public live lit showcase that benefits 826CHI. It's hosted by the illustrous Willy Nast and Karen Shimmin, features individuals reading non-fiction, first-person essays, and is the third Monday of each month at The Book Cellar!
In the past year, 826CHI offered 204 Tutoring sessions, hosted 89 Field Trips, partnered with 7 schools for 78 In-School visits, offered 220 Workshop sessions and—with the help of more than 300 volunteers—filled 154 publications with the work of 3,792 students. This beautiful, inspiring, and marvelous work would have been IMPOSSIBLE without you: the stakeholders in our success.
Because of your support, thousands of Chicago’s youngest citizens grew in their academic writing ability and unleashed their imaginations as they took to the page.
Perhaps most importantly, these creative endeavors were validated by individuals who truly, deeply believe in them. To see this impact continued in 2014, please consider giving a holiday contribution to 826CHI. A gift to 826CHI is an investment in the great writers, brilliant minds, and innovative thinkers of the future.
Click here to donate, and please, tell your friends!
(You can read the full appeal here)
Saturday, January 25th is Scrabble for Cheaters—the Scrabble tournment with a dishonest twist, for an honest cause. Form your team by FRIDAY, November 1 and skirt the $30 registration fee—just email email@example.com.
>>>Teams of two fundraise money prior to gameday, then use their money to purchase officially-sanctioned cheats to advance their gameplay/annihilate the competition. We only have competition spots for the 32 top-fundraising teams, however, so sign up and now and fundraise your ca$h off!
All proceeds from this fundraiser benefit 826CHI and its free creative writing & tutoring programs, which are offered to more than 3,500 Chicago students each year. For more information, visit www.826chi.org/cheaters.
We've said it before and we'll say it again--thank you, endlessly, to everyone who contributed to our very-first Tale-Gate's success. Your time, effort, generosity, attendance, and support helped us raise a remarkable $19K for our programs. Let's get specific about those who were especially key in helping us pull this off:
Luis Alberto Urrea
Karen Shimmin and Willy Nast
Waxwing Puzzle Co.
This Must Be the Band
Blood Dolphin: Erin Thorne and Carrie Shemanski (donated their tips!)
Story Luck: Dan Boyd
Farm Truck: Tim Magner
Photographer Ian Merrit
La Colombe (gave away coffee!)
Garrett Popcorn Shops (gave away popcorn!)
Windy City Patty Wagon (donated 10% of day's profits!)
Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams (donated 10% of day's profits!)
Table Donkey and Stick
Hyde Park Art Center
Northside Bar and Grill
Bowtruss Coffee Roasters
The Second City
Chicago Comfort Suites
Bang Bang Pie Shop
Modus Hotels Comfort Suites
Alison Kuczwara of Tiny Bold (graphics!)
Owen Lowery (fundraising videos!)
Jennalee Batson (raffle!)
Alexa Tang (complimentary popcorn!)
Event Planning Committee:
Peter Robbins Brown
And, of course, we extend a completely enormous thank-you of all to those individuals who donated money to our fundraising teams, volunteereed their time the day-of, and helped us grow the vision of this event all along the way.