See below for a list of our community events. If you’re curious about Volunteer opportunities, please sign up to volunteer.

New Volunteer Orientation


Our troops of dedicated, playful, and brilliant volunteers are the backbone of our organization. In addition to helping us run every single student program, volunteers serve as lead spies in our storefront, design posters, copy edit books, table at community outreach events, and attend student reading. We're always seeking enthusiastic folks to join our team.

Prospect volunteers are required to complete an online application, background check, and attend a mandatory New Volunteer Orientation before getting started. Learn more about volunteering at 826CHI here. 

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3LIT Education Series: Empowering Students to Lead


Join us on Sunday, July 15th at 3pm at 826CHI on 1276 N. Milwaukee Ave. for a workshop + discussion led by high school students from our Teen Writers Studio and moderated by Maria Villarreal, 826CHI's Director of Programs.

Driven by the belief that those most affected by educational inequities–the students–hold solutions to creating a more equitable education system, this student-led workshop and discussion will address how to make the classroom a brave space, how to engage students in productive conversations about gun violence, and how to create culturally relevant and responsive literary curriculum for high-school students. 

WHEN // Sunday, July 15th, 3-4:30pm 
WHERE // The Wicker Park Secret Agent Supply Co./826CHI on 1276 N. Milwaukee Ave. in Wicker Park.
WHY // Students deserve to have a voice in their own education!




You're invited to our second annual 826FORK! 

WHEN // Thursday, July 19th, 7-10pm
WHERE // Wicker Park Secret Agent Supply Co./ 826CHI on 1276 N. Milwaukee Ave. in Wicker Park.
WHY // Hear student writing brought to life in 10 different musical genres! 

Free drinks generously provided by Temperance Beer Co. + Begyle Brewing! The event will be free with a suggested donation of $5, all of which will support 826CHI's tuition-free literary arts programs, which serve over 3,000 Chicago students annually. 

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3LIT Education Series: Organizing in the Classroom


Community organizing is the practice of strategic thinking and planning skills used to create social change. As educators, we don't think we need these skills inside of a school, however they can be crucial to developing leadership among educators and students. Students often complain curricula is not culturally relevant; using organizing tools and action plans to address issues in their lives can improve the inter-generational engagement within a school context. Led by seasoned educator and community activist Hilda Franco, teachers will explore designing action plans through the lens of an educator in a school.

WHEN // Sunday, July 29th, 3-4:30pm 
WHERE // The Wicker Park Secret Agent Supply Co./826CHI on 1276 N. Milwaukee Ave. in Wicker Park.
WHY // Empower students to develop leadership skills and fight oppression! 

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3LIT Education Series: Writing as a Tool for Community Building


As part of our 3LIT Education Series, a multi-part event series on teaching standard, critical, and cultural literacies, we will be hosting a panel discussion on writing as a tool for community building! 

How can we use writing to bridge cultural and linguistic gaps between students and educators and among students in order to foster a sense of community? How can we empower students to advocate for themselves and for their communities through writing? Moderated by 826CHI's Director of Programs, Maria Villarreal, this panel discussion between Chicago Public School teachers Meg Morrison and Theodora Kuhn, Quinn Daniels, the Director of Coaching for City Year Chicago, and T Clutch Fleischmann, a published author and writing professor at Columbia University, will address the path and obstacles to using writing and literacy education to build community amongst students, administrators, and the broader school neighborhood.

WHEN // Sunday, August 5th, 3-4:30pm 
WHERE // The Wicker Park Secret Agent Supply Co./826CHI on 1276 N. Milwaukee Ave. in Wicker Park.
WHY // Hear four brilliant educators in conversation about how to empower students through writing and literacy!