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Prologue: A Literary Cocktail Party—Tickets Avaliable Now!

Prologue: A Literary Cocktail Party—Tickets Avaliable Now!

May 17th—

The 826CHI Associate Board is hosting its annual cocktail party fundraiser on June 10th with a very special guest: Peter Sagal, host of NPR’s “Wait Wait...Don’t Tell Me.”

Sagal will join guests at Parliament (324 W. Chicago) for an evening of signature cocktails, hors d'oeuvres, a funkadelic soul band, and live poetry crafted on typewriters before your very eyes! Guests will also be dazzled by the strange and wonderful stories created by student writers as young as first grade. All proceeds from the event will benefit 826CHI's programming. Get your tickets for Prologue today at >> http://www.prologue.826chi.org/.

We’re Hiring: Director of Programs

We’re Hiring: Director of Programs

May 16th—

826CHI seeks a dynamic and creative educator with exceptional management skills to serve as its full-time Director of Programs. The ideal candidate is a team player with a track record of effectively directing and evaluating programs, a steadfast commitment to improving the quality of K-12 education, and a passion for youth empowerment through writing and publishing. Application deadline is Friday, June 3rd.

Click here for more info and application details.

Summer Programing Registration Closes May 26!

Summer Programing Registration Closes May 26!

May 11th—

Have you signed your student-author up for a summer workshop yet? We have programs for students of all ages including camps specifically for high school students and English Language Learners, in addition to a LEGENDARY music writing intensive that takes student-reporters to the front lines of cool: Pitchfork Music Festival. Register now!

“I Remember… Running Fast, Scared and Shaking”

“I Remember… Running Fast, Scared and Shaking”

May 10th—

As part of our memoir writing Field Trip, Hirsch Metropolitan High School students bravely shared their personal experiences with us, which are now available in a beautiful new chapbook entitled, I Remember... Running Fast, Scared and Shaking.

Within these pages, students share transformative and impactful memories, from the death of family members to their first time eating pizza; a trip to an amusement park to the fear of neighborhood gang violence. Get your copy now in our Wicker Park Secret Agent Supply Co.

BIG UPS to volunteer Alison Sustarich of Tiny Bold Creative for this cover!

“New Voices” Chapbook, Avaliable Now!

“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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