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A Chapbook-Sized Thank-You to Peet’s Coffee & Tea

April 30th—

"This book is a work of fiction....any resemblance to actual events or local persons, living or dead, is entirely coincidental—except in the event of resemblance to one Alfred Peet, wherein our adulation could not be contained by fiction."

Our tutoring students wrote thank-you stories for Peet's Coffee & Tea, who have graciously provided us with financial support—as well as caffeination in copious amounts—over the past school year. Titles include Coffee Can't Make You Insane and Razzle-Dazzled Frappuccino Caramel Oreo Flying Coffee.

Get your copy of this one-of-a-kind chapbook, entitled It Tastes Like Unicorn Horns in the Wicker Park Secret Agent Supply Co. today!

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We’re Hiring!

April 28th—

826CHI is currently recruiting candidates for a Volunteer Coordinator position, through AmeriCorps Volunteers in Service to America (VISTA).

During their 12-month assignments, VISTAs work to build the capacity of 826CHI to serve Chicago’s youth. The Volunteer Coordinator works directly with more than 400 volunteers to ensure that our programs are best served by enthusiastic and engaged individuals. The Coordinator collaborates with Programming staff to understand the organization’s needs, then works to meet these needs by recruiting and training volunteers, based on their areas of interest and strength.

Ideal candidates have a good sense of humor, are flexible and collaborative, able to thrive in a fast-paced environment, have excellent communication skills, and are enthusiastic about engaging Chicago’s volunteer community through the magic of 826CHI.

More info, and application directions HERE >>

Do you love details? Full VISTA Assignment Description HERE >>

Do you love carefully bulleted lists? Full 826CHI Position Description HERE >>

YNPN Chicago’s Annual Celebration

April 28th—

Join our friends YNPN Chicago for their 11th Annual Celebration—Wednesday, May 13, 2015 at Kaiser Tiger (1415 W Randolph), from 6-8:30 pm. This premier gathering and networking event will celebrate connections, collaborations and strength in numbers. The Annual Celebration boasts hors d'oeuvres, complimentary beer and wine, and an exciting raffle. Most importantly, the event recognizes the best and brightest leaders in Chicago's nonprofit community. CLICK HERE to get your ticket today!

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Reach Higher with 826CHI

April 24th—

The Reach Higher initiative is the First Lady's effort to inspire every student in America to take charge of their future by completing their education past high school, whether at a professional training program, a community college, or a four-year college or university.

On Friday, May 1st, she will celebrate the first anniversary of Reach Higher, and wants you to wear your college gear all day to support National College Signing Day. Join 826ers across the country in sharing pictures of yourself, your office, your schools, and your friends representing your alma maters with the hashtag #ReachHigher!

Twitter: @FLOTUS and @ReachHigher
Instagram: @MichelleObama and @ReachHigher2020

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YABP Story Slam

April 21st—

Today, 40 of the 125 student-essayists from Curie Metropolitan High School visited 826CHI to participate in a performance workshop, in anticipation of two upcoming readings featuring their personal narratives.

We kicked off the morning with improv games led by programming intern Kana Felix, which introduced students to awareness of their voice and breath. As a large group, we watched and analyzed performances from The Moth to identify performance techniques, like utilizing pause, emphasizing/elongating words, gesturing, taking deep breaths, and experimenting with tone, pace, cadence, and expression.

Then, in small groups, students worked to identify sections of their pieces where these performance devices would be especially effective. To end the morning, 10 brave writers practiced reading before the whole class!

These students’ narratives are being published in our 2015 Young Authors Book Project—Around That Age, I Liked To Play With Fire—which will be released at Printers Row Lit Fest the weekend of June 6-7. Help us pack the Poetry tent on Saturday, June 6th, as these students give the world-premiere reading of their work!

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