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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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In-School Partners Wanted!

April 27th—

Educators! Want to share the magic and wonder of creative writing with your students via the support of 826CHI educators and volunteers? We’re looking for in-school and community partners for programs taking place between September and December 2016. Due to high demand and limited capacity, we can only take on a few partnerships per semester, so apply today! 

CLICK HERE to access the proposal form. Deadline is Thursday, June 16th.

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“This Could Go on for Centuries” Chapbook Release Party

April 26th—

Our most recent chapbook release party for This Could Go on for Centuries was a great success! The evening of Thursday, April 14th, friends, family, and volunteers filled each and every chair as more than a dozen students volunteered to read their work aloud. A few students were shy to share, and we loved watching more "seasoned" authors encourage the others to share their work with our eager audience.

This Could Go on for Centuries is available for purchase in our Secret Agent Supply—for just $5! 

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Young Authors Book Project Update

April 26th—

826CHI would like to thank Brentano Math & Science Academy’s Mark Harlan for his inexhaustible support of this year’s Young Author’s Book Project.

Whether encouraging his students to keep working on their stories at home, outside of our weekly writing sessions or facilitating student editorial board meetings, Mr. Harlan was instrumental in making the content of “The Monster Gasped, OMG!” as amazing as it is.

Brentano’s students are #blessed to have such a supportive and fearless teacher leading them into new worlds with writing, showing that it doesn’t have to be so scary after all.

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“A Cheetah With Coffee In Its Daily Diet”

April 19th—

It is never too early to start reflecting on life, recording the moments that fill each day and experimenting with the memoir art form. During a Field Trip at 826CHI, 7th and 8th graders of Hurley Elementary School have picked up the pen to do just that. Between the covers of I Remember... A Cheetah with Coffee in its Daily Diet, are students' recollections—stories of life’s curveballs and celebrations; goofy moments and grievances shared; relationships and triumphs treasured.

Here at 826CHI, we couldn’t be more proud of this collection of memoirs, published and ready to be shared with you. Pick up your very own copy in the Secret Agent Supply today.

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