News & Events

We’re Hiring!

We’re Hiring!

September 6th—

Are you a team player with a passion for education and youth development through writing and publishing? 826CHI is looking to hire both a Volunteer Coordinator and a Student Impact & Data Coordinator through AmeriCorps VISTA! Positions run from November 2016 to November 2017. Deadline to apply is Tuesday, September 20th. View the position description and application instructions on the AmeriCorps website:

Student Impact and Data Coordinator >>
Volunteer Coordinator >>


August 30th—

VEST Fest, our Volunteer Engagement Support Team’s back-to-school extravaganza, is happening on September 15th at 826CHI! Even if you aren’t particularly fond of their sleeve-free style, VEST wants to see you for food, games, and mystery-solving. Details can be found here.

Fall Programs Begin!

August 21st—

We‘ve had a rejuvenating summer, but we’re already hungry for homework and writing projects this Fall, when students and volunteers will once again fill our writing center. Please take out your pencils for some updates on program dates and waitlists!

After-School Tutoring & Writing
Begins September 26th. Though this program is at capacity, you can now apply for the waitlist here. Please note that this waitlist is not a registration form and does not guarantee admittance into the program.

Field Trips
Begin September 12th. This program is at capacity for the 2016-17 school year, and the waitilist is closed.

In-School Partnerships
We are *this close* to sharing the exciting news of this year’s partnerships. Stay tuned!

Begin September 24th. Registration for all Fall 2016 Workshops is full, and the waitlists are closed.

If you have questions about any of our programs, please email

Staff Retreat

August 17th—

The 826CHI staff is returning from a beautiful two-day team building and planning retreat, thanks in large part to the generous folks who hosted and fed us! Lunch at Saint Lou's Assembly, digging into our values at Gensler, talking through communication styles and workplace norms in Forum Studio / Clayco's sunny offices, then decompressing with a boat ride thanks to the The Electric Boat Company.

We are a happy team, but ready for naps.

Welcome, Maria and Mike!

Welcome, Maria and Mike!

August 12th—

Please join us in welcoming our two newest team members; Director of Programs Maria Villarreal and Communications Coordinator Mike Hernandez! We're definitely about to blow our cover with all this excitement.

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