After-School Tutoring


826CHI is packed four afternoons a week with students in 1st through 8th grade working on their homework and sharpening their creative writing skills. Volunteer tutors help students with any and all homework assignments and lead students in daily creative and expository writing activities. Student writing created during tutoring is published in small chapbooks throughout the year, and we regularly host student readings for parents, tutors, and families.

826CHI's After-School Tutoring & Writing program gives priority enrollment to students from low-income families and English Language Learners (ELL)—"ELL" refers to anyone whose primary language is not English.

We ask that parents who enroll their children in this program self-identify as low-income and/or have children who are ELL's.



After-School Tutoring & Writing operates Monday through Thursday from 3:00-6:00pm. Students sign up to attend either on Monday & Wednesday or Tuesday & Thursday. Parents of students must attend an orientation session in order to register their child to participate in the program.

The waitlist for ASTW is currently closed. Please check back with us in Summer 2018 for applications for the 2018-2019 academic year.

If you have questions about After-School Tutoring & Writing, please direct them to [email protected]. You can also sign up for our mailing list to receive updates about this and other 826CHI programs.


We have some basic expectations for students who attend After-School Tutoring & Writing:

  • Student attendance is mandatory—this program is very popular, and we want to serve as many students as possible.
  • Students come with homework or an activity to complete, and are ready to work hard.
  • Students are picked up by 6:00 pm at the latest.

Extra Resources

In case you are looking for additional writing help or are unable to enroll in our programs, please see these lists of at-home creative writing resources and other resources across the city that may meet your needs: