News & Events

Now Accepting Workshop Proposals for Winter & Spring 2017

Now Accepting Workshop Proposals for Winter & Spring 2017

December 7th—

Workshop proposals for our Winter and Spring seasons are now being eagerly accepted through Monday, January 2nd. We’re especially interested in interdisciplinary proposals incorporating:

  • Music, Film, Dance, or Spoken Word
  • Cultural criticism
  • STEM - Science, technology, engineering and math
  • Travel or the city of Chicago
  • Graphic novels / comics
  • Social Media

Workshops are 3-6 two-hour sessions in length and take place on Saturdays between February 4th and May 20th. Anyone can propose a Workshop, but we suggest that you volunteer as a Teaching Assistant first.

First time submitting a proposal? Take a look at our Workshop Proposal Handbook before you get started. Questions? Want to talk about your idea? Email Maria@826chi.org.

Click HERE to submit your proposal.

We’re Hiring!

We’re Hiring!

December 5th—

Are you a team player with a passion for education and youth development through writing and publishing? 826CHI is looking to hire and a Student Impact & Data Coordinator through AmeriCorps VISTA! Positions run from February 2016 through February 2017. Deadline to apply is Sunday, January 8th. View the position description and application instructions on the AmeriCorps website:

Student Impact and Data Coordinator >>

Shop Small, Read Local

Shop Small, Read Local

November 30th—

As you consider loved ones on your holiday shopping list, don’t forget that the gift of stories is one of the best you can give –– and the best place to find stories is your local bookstore.

Inspiring essays, short stories, and poems from our students (and other great writers) await you at the Wicker Park Secret Agent Supply Co. Do you know your neighborhood’s bookseller?

In Times of Darkness, Switch on Your Reading Light

In Times of Darkness, Switch on Your Reading Light

November 29th—

826CHI creates spaces where constructive and compassionate expression can flourish. We bring students together to share and listen to one another, because we know that meaningful change begins with imagination. This #GivingTuesday, you can help.

Thankful!

Thankful!

November 24th—

Every day, we find ourselves overwhelmed by the generous and creative folks who make our community a warm, supportive family. To our parents and guardians, volunteers, board members, partner educators, associate board members, partner organizations, interns, 826 National supporters, and students… thank you!

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Mission

826CHI is a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting students ages 6 to 18 with their creative and expository writing skills, and to helping teachers inspire their students to write.

Our services are structured around the understanding that great leaps in learning can happen with one-on-one attention, and that strong writing skills are fundamental to future success.

With this in mind, we provide after-school tutoring, weekend workshops, in-schools tutoring, help for English language learners, and assistance with student publications. All of our programs are challenging and enjoyable, and ultimately strengthen each student’s power to express ideas effectively, creatively, confidently, and in their individual voice.

Mission

826CHI shares its space with the Wicker Park Secret Agent Supply Co., a store with a not-so-secret mission. Our unique products encourage creative writing, imaginative play, and trigger new adventures for agents of all ages. Every purchase supports 826CHI's free programming, so visit us at 1276 N. Milwaukee Ave in Wicker Park or online to pick up spy glasses, fake moustaches, our latest student publications, and much more!