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espnW reporter Sarah Spain visits 826CHI’s students

March 25th—

Our After-School Tutoring & Writing students welcomed a distinguished guest last week as part of our Speakers & Snacks series, continuing a long line of inspirational and educational career talks at 826CHI. espnW’s Sarah Spain spoke with our students about hosting radio shows, interviewing their favorite athletes, and even competing as a heptathlete.

Our thanks go out to Sarah for her fun and engaging talk with our students!

“Know Your Rights” presentation by National Immigrant Justice Center at 826CHI

March 12th—

826CHI is hosting Heartland Alliance's National Immigrant Justice Center for a “Know Your Rights” presentation for immigrants. Learn about legal resources and advocacy, particularly for those who are undocumented, at this FREE event on April 20th from 6:00pm-7:30pm. Please share — this is open to any and everyone who would like to learn more.

Poets in Revolt! Community Workshop

April 8th—

Ever wanted to experience an 826CHI workshops as a student? 826CHI is hosting a community version of our workshop, Poets in Revolt!, in collaboration with The Writer's Studio at the University of Chicago's Graham School.

How do poets use their art to resist injustice and reshape their world? Get to know both 826CHI and the Writer's Studio while tapping into the power of your own voice. This cross-generational writing workshop is free and open to the public. To register, fill out this form. Space is limited. You will receive an email to confirm that you are registered or let you know that you are on the waitlist. All ages welcome!

Natalie Moore, author of “The South Side” Coming to 826CHI

Natalie Moore, author of “The South Side” Coming to 826CHI

March 14th—

Ta-Nehisi Coates calls WBEZ reporter Natalie Moore’s The South Side "essential to anyone attempting to understand race in Chicago, our most American of cities," and the Chicago Reader says it's “a vital corrective when the dominant media narrative of the south side is one of violence and despair.”

Now you can see firsthand the insights that have everyone talking! WBEZ's Natalie Moore is reading at the Wicker Park Secret Agent Supply Co. on Monday, Wednesday 27th. This event is FREE and open to the public, and you can even pick up a copy of the book at the Secret Agent Supply now. RSVP on our Facebook event page >>

Thank You for Supporting our Students at Scrabble for Cheaters!

Thank You for Supporting our Students at Scrabble for Cheaters!

March 7th—

On behalf of our students, we'd like to play a game-winning T-H-A-N-K-Y-O-U for the amazing generosity on display at last weekend''s Scrabble for Cheaters tournament. That gratitude is triple-word-scored for each team that participated, everyone who donated, and the generous partners who kept our teams ferociously cheating all day long for assorted fabulous prizes: Chicago Costume, Pitchfork Music FestivalJC Brooks & the Uptown SoundChipotle, and WeWork.

Congratulations to Homeword Bound for their THIRD consecutive tournament victory! Most honorable of mentions to the runners-up, The Cheatahs, and to Alternative Facts for winning best costume.

Although, with a total of $24,000 raised, our students are the biggest winners. A huge thanks to our top three fundraising teams (Alternative Facts, Wait Wait, That's Not a Word, and The Quetzals), who together pulled in an astounding $6,700. See you Scrabble-rousers in 2018 (and stay tuned for more photos, courtesy of Light & Pine)!

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