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“New Voices” Chapbook, Avaliable Now!

May 9th—

Last fall, students at Curie Metropolitan High School began a thrilling new multimedia writing project that allowed them to explore the lives and realities of those around them. Following the in tradition of radio legend Studs Terkel, students began a journey to tell stories on topics that matter to them, from people they find important or fascinating—be they siblings or strangers.

With the support of patner teacher Maria Rivera and a team of 826CHI volunteers, students explored the importance of storytelling and what it means to be a voice of witness within their own lives and communities. Reaching out to friends, parents, cousins, teachers, and more, students crafted questions to get to the heart of what matters to them: Growing up in Chicago, love, hopes, dream, goals, and loss...to name just a few.

In her foreword, Rivera notes that “the act of asking a question is an act of kindness and connection.” Through each interview transcript that lies within these pages, students’ respect for their subjects shines through, and reminds us of the value of a simple conversation.

A special thanks to volunteer Grace Molteni for designing this gorgeous cover and laying out the book's interior! "New Voices" is avaliable for purchase in our Wicker Park Secret Agent Supply Co.

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Happy Mother’s Day from 826CHI!

May 8th—

“Even though me and my mom have differences, we love each other like a bear loves honey.” — “Mom and Me” by Yureli F., grade 5

This Mother's Day, we’re celebrating mothers and maternal-figures of all shapes, sizes, and varieties. We love this sweet story about one of our students' relationships with her mothers, and you can read it all in our Writing Gallery!

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Book Release at Printers Row Lit Fest: “The Monster Gasped, OMG!”

May 5th—

Printers Row Lit Fest is the Midwest's largest outdoor lit fest; a summer staple for booklovers across the city.

Join 826CHI in Page Break Park from 2-3pm on Saturday, June 11th as we celebrate the official launch of The Monster Gasped, OMG! an anthology of 57 short stories penned by 4th and 5th graders from Brentano Math & Science Academy—and accompanied by 24 vivid, original illustrations by local artists.

This collection of zany, adventurous monster tales invites you to walk within dark tunnels, through explosive science labs, and into strange forests to explore beastly worlds unknown. The world release of The Monster Gasped, OMG! will be emceed by author Joe Meno and feature readings from up to 10 of these student-authors.

Each piece will provoke, tantalize, and surprise you….perhaps even make you gasp—or shout —"OMG!"

Free and open to the public. Complimentary high fives for all in attendance.

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Save the Chicago Reader!

May 4th—

ATTN: Chicago! The good people of the Chicago Reader are in danger of drifting from our city's journalistic landscape...but you can help!

If you like smart, forward-thinking local news and culture reporting, please consider >> adding your name to their petition <<

Full details on what’s at stake can be found HERE

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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 view the full position description, click HERE.
To apply via AmeriCorps' online portal, click HERE.

The Communications Coordinator works closely with the Communications Manager to support 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. This involves creating both written and visual content for 826CHI's web site and social media platforms, as well as supporting the organization's traditional media efforts.

Proficiency with Adobe InDesign, Photoshop, and/or Illustrator is required, as are impeccable written and oral 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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