Many of you know that publishing is a key piece of the 826CHI operation and that we issue hundreds books containing student work annually. Last year's big project was The Noise Felt Human, a collection of stories involving life-changing moments in our older students' lives. As we compiled and edited the submissions, we realized that they deserved an even greater audience than we normally can offer...
The Video Project at 826CHI was the result: we asked a variety of high-profile Chicagoans to read these stories on video, using the simplest recording conditions possible. The video clips are deliberately underproduced and raw to reflect the tone and forthright nature of the stories. Readers include Rick Kogan, Audrey Niffenegger, Ina Pinkney, Stuart Dybek, Joe Meno, and more. Click here to watch these videos--and don't forget to tell your friends!
826CHI is ever-expanding its relationships with Chicago-based universities through service learning partnerships. This semester, we are working with classes at Northwestern, The University of Chicago, and DePaul to sustain an even deeper commitment to our communities.
Twice a week, students from Miles Harvey's Creative Writing and Social Engagement course head south to Harvard School of Excellence in Englewood to work with 7th and 8th graders on journalistic narratives for our 2014 publication project. This service learning experience bridges DePaul students’ study of this year’s One Book, One Chicago, The Warmth of Other Suns with issues facing Englewood’s young residents.
With the support of DePaul’s Big Shoulder Books, Harvey’s graduate class in Writing and Publishing is facilitating the creation of 826CHI’s newest Compendium project: Volume 4. His students have read hundreds of stories and narrowed the selection to a concise collection representing writing across programming. The W&P department will continue to work with 826CHI through late spring to see this volume edited, designed, and published, then strategize its distribution and use across Chicago.
Through a partnership with Campus Catalyst, a group of public policy students from the University of Chicago are supporting the strategic growth in The Boring Store, representing our growing relationship with the University of Chicago. Finally, 826CHI is thrilled to be an official service site for Northwestern University’s Community Development Corps for the first year ever.
If you are connected with a university as a student, staff member, or instructor and you’d like to talk about service learning possibilities, please contact Kendra@826chi.org –we are looking to develop more partnerships in the upcoming months.
The Windows Reflect Everything, our newest book, is filled with the narrative journalism of students from Roberto Clemente Community Academy and Golder College Prep. This project is the fruit of an entire year's worth of work and dives into issues like undocumented students, teen parenting, and dropping out.
Stop by The Boring Store today to pick up your very own copy!
Cover design and book design by Thomas Quinn, www.blankisthenewblack.com
Thank you all, SO MUCH, for making our inaugural Tale-Gate a smashing success. We fished for Haikus, repeatedly gorged ourselves at every food truck, received 5th grader-ly advice for a happy marriage, and danced like maniacs to the Talking Heads. Oh, we also raised an astounding $19,205 for our writing programs...!!!!!
The winning Red Team's Chalice of Eternal Magnificence really says it all—"NOT BAD." Pictures coming soon!
Beautiful news: the eight chapters of 826 National have been awarded the inaugural The Library of Congress American Prize for Literacy! This award recognizes groups that employ innovative teaching tactics and inspire a love for reading and writing. An amazing testament to the hard work and dedication of our chapters across the nation! We are honored to be a part of this network of nonprofits serving over 30,000 students across the country, and to be representing the city of Chicago in this way.
On Thursday, September 19th from 6:00-9:00pm, Red Mango in Wicker Park will generously donate 20% of their profits to 826CHI. Save your sweet tooth for the evening, round up your friends, and join us for the city's most delicious frozen yogurt!