Registration is now open for our fall Weekend Workshops season! We've put together a lineup of collaborative, engaging, and interdisciplinary creative writing-focused Workshops for students in grades 1-12. Priority enrollment is reserved for students from low-income families and/or English Language Learners, though we encourage students of all backgrounds to apply.
Visit our Workshops page for details and application details. Deadline is midnight on Sunday, August 21st, 2016.
Looking for a part-time gig supporting 826CHI's work through our storefront, the Wicker Park Secret Agent Supply Co.?
826CHI is looking to hire a part-time Secret Agent Supply Clerk with sales experience and an enthusiasm for 826CHI’s mission. This position supports the Operations Manager with the day-to-day operations of the Secret Agent Supply including customer service, inventory management, and visual merchandising. This position also welcomes community members into our space and educates them about 826CHI’s programs and mission.
Deadline to apply is Tuesday, August 23rd. View the position description and application instructions HERE.
During our Word Laboratory summer camp, designed to support English Language Learners during out-of-schooltime, young writers combined the visual and literary arts to strengthen their auditory, oral, and written English language skills.
Students created paintings, collages, and impressive three-dimensional crafts, then shared their creative processes with the larger group. By explaining their paintings, collages, and stories to tutors and other students, students were able to engage with the English language in a safe and comfortable setting. At the end of Word Lab’s two weeks, our young writers showed off their work during a gallery show, which parents, siblings, friends, and 826CHI supporters enthusiastically attended.
Our writing lab was buzzing this July with activity from Elementary and Middle School Writers Camp, or as we call it here, Summer Astronaut Training Academy. Their first mission was to eradicate writer’s block from the galaxy, and our cadets all worked admirably, writing stories about space travelers, animals, and superheroes. By completing these missions, our writers built confidence in both writing and public speaking.
All writers participated in an Astronaut Graduation ceremony, where they read their polished stories to an audience of parents, siblings and friends, and received certificates celebrating their successful completion of Astronaut Training Camp.
We work every day to elevate our students’ voices, but have recently found ourselves at a loss for words. No social media post can even begin to adequately address the deep-seated injustices that continue to surface in moments of extreme hate and violence.
Supporters and stakeholders, please know that 826CHI stands committed to acknowledging and addressing the way our work intersects with Chicago’s vast inequities, and we will continue to take action against the ongoing oppression of marginalized communities.
Literary arts education promotes critical thinking, cultivates sociability, and encourages curiosity. 826CHI envisions using the literary arts to develop a new wave of civically minded young artists, who together will define a better future for our city, our country, and our world. Every day we connect our students to caring adults—volunteers who are eager to support young people as they search for answers and discover themselves. We want each and every one of our students to leave our space knowing that their story is important and that their voice is being heard.
We at 826 have the privilege of working with the next generation of leaders. It’s our job to make sure they are able to take their own stands and write their own paths forward.
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