We're thrilled to share a publication two years in the making, The 826CHI Compendium Volume 5. These 61 stories, poems, and essays are ordered chronologically by age, inviting you to observe a young person's artistic growth from age six through 18.
Between these 247 pages you will encounter a lion “as loud as a pencil sharpener,” witness a family’s journey toward American citizenship, live vicariously through a Chance the Rapper performance, experience the dramatic sabotage of a fifth grade science project, and get a closer look at the struggles and triumphs of teen parenthood.
Read an excerpt in our Writing Gallery and pick up your own copy today from the Wicker Park Secret Agent Supply Co.
We believe in eternal optimism and the healing power of empathy. We believe in nurturing creative, vulnerable minds. We believe that writing is healing and volunteering is healing.
And we stand with our students, always.
Our After-School Tutoring & Writing students' oral history project, "Ears as Big as my Head," is coming this Thursday, November 17th! Celebrate with us at a listening party at 826CHI, where there will be a potluck and a station to record your very own oral histories. Find details on our event page and see our Instagram for a preview of our students' work.
This month, 826CHI is feeling especially thankful for our volunteers. To celebrate, our Volunteer Engagement & Support Team (“VEST”) is gathering the whole family at the table to share our love of good food and friendly competition — join us this Thursday, November 17th for a Thanksgiving Potluck and Game Night.
Whether you’ve been volunteering with us for years, tutored students for the first time just today, or have been *thinking about* joining our volunteer team, we’re thankful for you — and would love to see you at this event.
Please bring your favorite game and a dish to share — we’ll have beverages and crowd favorites like Bananagrams, Lift-It, Superfight, and Dutch Blitz. (Please note: this is an all-ages, alcohol-free event.)
For more details, see our event page>>
It’s with enormous pride and a twinge of heartbreak that we bid adieu to our Development Coordinator, Kortney Morrow. After two years of dedicated service to our students, Kortney has accepted a very exciting position with Big Class in New Orleans, which is in development to become the next chapter in the 826 network.
May the road ahead be paved with Hot Cheetos and an abundance of cereal. Godspeed, Kortney!