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Community Partnerships

March 3rd—

Would you like to collaborate with 826CHI to bring innovative, experiential, writing-based learning opportunities to Chicago youth?

Community partners interested in joining us during the months of June, July, or August 2016 are invited to fill out THIS partnership request form by Thursday, March 31st.

And the Title is…

February 29th—

*~*DRUMROLL*~*

And the title of our Young Authors Book Project—featuring sci/fi adventure stories by the 5th garders of Brentano Math & Science Academy—is...

The Monster Gasped, "OMG!"

CLICK HERE to watch this moment unfold, thanks to the artistic prowess of ‪intern superstar Kelsey and the generosity of AT&T.

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Scrabble for Cheaters Success!

February 28th—

‪Saturday's ‎Scrabble For Cheaters‬ tournament was our biggest success yet, with a total of 22 teams raking in an astounding $21,631 to support our literary-arts programs. Our 3 highest fundraising teams were Sari Not Sari, Oshkosh North Spartans, and the Annagrammers: who pulled in a collective $9,228.

>> Homeword Bound took home the Cheaters Cup for the second year in a row, leaving Sari Not Sari in second place.
>> Best Costume by a landslide: Spellma And Louise.

We'd like to thank Chipotle for providing our hungry teams with delicious burritos, Two Brothers Brewing for keeping us optimally fueled with their brews, and Metro Chicago, Pitchfork Music Festival, Dusek's, and Chicago Costume for hooking us up with seriously amazing prizes. Bobby Minelli was our fearless Master of Ceremonies, the inimitable Helen Boggess (of Light and Pine) documented the afternoon, many volunteers worked their Judging magic, and our very own Kortney Morrow did a beautiful job coordinating the event's many, many logistics.

THANK YOU to each and every one of you who made today possible, by giving generously of your $$$ and time. Many, many more thank-yous (and photos!) to come.

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#SpeakersAndSnacks: Sheila Patel

February 24th—

This February, After-School Tutoring & Writing welcomed #SpeakersAndSnacks guest Sheila Patel— attorney extraordinaire (and 826CHI board member).

Shelia discussed her what it’s like to work at a law firm with partners, clients, and all sorts of different cases. When she initially asked if any of the students wanted to be lawyers when they grew up, only a few shy hands went up. She asked the same question at the end of her time with us, and a sea of students’ hands excitedly shot up into the air!

Sheila shared her experience as a first generation Indian-American, and how her family’s culture and language were woven into her adolescent experienced. When she began to practice law, she noticed that at many firms, there was very little diversity in terms of culture and ideology. She shared that she desired more in a career; that she wanted to belong to a workplace that was as diverse as the lawyers were skilled. In active pursuit of this very goal, Shelia is now a founding partner in her very own, successful law firm!

Commitment and hard work are the keys to Shelia’s success—a message she readily shared with our students. She encouraged students to pursue their own career dreams, and be ready to work hard to achieve them.

Thank you, Shelia, for sharing your story and challenging our students to aim high!

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“Spitting a Little from all the Excitement”

February 17th—

We're fired up! We're stoked! We're utterly beside ourselves—maybe even...spitting a little from all of the excitement?

We're thrilled to release our latest publication of student work: Spitting a Little from all of the Excitement is a compilation of memoirs by 8th grade students of Emiliano Zapata Academy. These wise and vulnerable reflections offer a breadth of memories by incredible young writers; grief and loss, family traditions and transitions; and the ways in which these students have overcome life’s everyday—and sometimes daunting—challenges.

Available for just $5 in our Secret Agent Supply!

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