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Literacy Panel

Literacy Panel

September 13th—

In conjunction with Wicker Park Lit Fest, the Wicker Park Secret Agent Supply Co. will be hosting a panel discussion on the intersection of education and social justice! We'll be discussing the best practices for teaching literacy--reading, critical, and cultural--in the classroom. 

Join us on Saturday, September 16th at 3pm at 1276 N. Milwaukee Ave. for a rousing discussion and Q&A moderated by Maria Villarreal, 826CHI's Director of Programs. 

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After-School Tutoring & Writing has begun again!

After-School Tutoring & Writing has begun again!

September 11th—

After a long summer, it just feels right to have students and volunteers back together in our writing lab.
...And we’re still looking for volunteers to work with these brilliant young people! When surveyed, one volunteer told us: “I really think 826CHI fosters a welcoming, fun, and accessible atmosphere for volunteers (and students!)” 
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Eat Your Words Gala

Eat Your Words Gala

September 8th—

Mark your calendars and buy your tickets! Eat Your Words is coming up! Join us on Tuesday, October 10th for an evening of outstanding stories, marvelous food, and incomparable company to celebrate and support the students of 826CHI. Featuring local culinary innovators, music, and inspiring words from chef Rick Bayless, author Dave Eggers, and one special student writer, Eat Your Words is a spectacular annual fundraiser in support of our students in our tuition-free writing programs.

Learn more at eatyourwords.gives >>

We the W(h)ee

We the W(h)ee

September 6th—


On Friday, October 13th at 6:30pm, the Secret Agent Supply Co. will be hosting a free performance of We the W(h)ee, an hour-long toy theater performance recommended for ages 8+! Written and performed by local Chicago theatermakers and sisters, Sam Beach (The Snare) and Johanna Beach, this play takes us to Wheedelphia, where half of the citizens work all day and the other half watches and records those workers. Join us for this modern fable about how we spend and record our time.
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Fall Programs at 826CHI

September 4th—

After-School Tutoring & WritingAPPLY HERE
Students in grades 1-8 receive homework help and specialized support on creative writing projects. Twice a year, students' poems and stories are published in chapbooks and celebrated at community potlucks. Begins Monday, September 11th at 826CHI.

Field Trips - APPLY HERE
Classroom teachers grades 1-12: Bring your class to our writing lab in Wicker Park for an engaging creative writing workshop. Choose from a variety of lessons, including STEM, Memoir, Storytelling & Bookmaking, and Images & Imagination. Begins in October at 826CHI. 

In-School / Community Partnerships - APPLY HERE
Classroom teachers grades 1-12 and community leaders across the city: Our team of educators and writing coaches wants to visit your classroom/community center and deep-dive into a writing project you're excited about! Begins in October all across the city.

Teen Writers Studio - APPLY HERE
In this yearlong workshop, high schoolers develop their personal writing styles, learn from professional authors of multiple genres, and give back to 826CHI by volunteering with our other programs. At the end of the year, students' work is published in a chapbook and shared with the community. Begins Monday, September 18th at 826CHI. 

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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!