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Young people are just the smartest and weirdest people I know. They’re so creative at this age, and it’s the same time the world is starting to tell them it’s not OK to be weird. When we come in and tell them to be creative you see them light up with a nonstop stream of awesome ideas.

Bryce, Volunteer

SPY OF THE MONTH

Every month we honor an 826CHI volunteer who has gone above the beyond and beyond the above in their dedication to our organization. Read about this month’s Spy of the Month below.

December's Spy

Agent Name

Z. Lizard

Real Name

Elizabeth Mudenyo

Congratulations, Spy! How does it feel?
It feels amazing!

How did you first get involved at 826CHI?
I was looking for literary volunteer opportunities and luckily my friend put me on to 826.

What has been your favorite 826 experience so far?
It’s a tie between re-learning math with students and illustrating the students’ story scene for a Field Trip.

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WRITER OF THE MONTH

We have so many talented and enthusiastic writers every day at 826CHI and every month we highlight just one from any of our programs. Read about the current Writer of the Month below.

December's Writer

Agent Name

Maringie

Real Name

Angie

What’s your favorite book and who is your favorite author?
¿Cuál es tu libro favorito y quién es tu autor favorito?

My favorite book would have to be In 27 Days by Alison Gervais as for my favorite author, I do not have one since I regularly choose to read something new every time, so I have yet to find that one author that’ll keep me drawn in with every piece.

Do you have any special hobbies or talents?
¿Tienes pasatiempos especiales o talentos?

When I’m not writing I choose to partake in either gymnastics or cheerleading, because it’s a way to completely dissociate myself and channel my stress into a positive form of exercise.

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Recent Writers of the Month

ALLIANCE SPOTLIGHT

Alliances are essential to any secret agent’s success. That’s why we honor people and organizations as allies we can trust to make a gift, offer pro-bono services, or otherwise support our students. Read about a current alliance below.

Alliance Spotlight

Ace Hotel Chicago

Ace Hotel Chicago lives in a stoic, industrial building in the West Loop, once home to an Italian-American cheesemaking company. A monument to the city itself, Ace Chicago is honored to throw down roots in the Most Forward-Thinking City there is and to work alongside organizations who have long championed their communities.

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Recent Alliance Spotlights

Boka Restaurant Group
Demo Duck
Gensler

COMMUNITY PARTNER SPOTLIGHT

Partnerships are central to our mission and 826CHI proudly collaborates with organizations serving youth across Chicago. Learn about the impact of a partner for which we are especially grateful.

Community Partner Spotlight

Imagination

826CHI's alliance with Imagination began in fall 2018 when Imagination employees enthusiastically worked side-by-side with students during morning field trips. More than 20 team members supported and motivated young Chicago authors. Our work together continues, with service trips on the books for this school year. Imagination's deep, meaningful, and consistent engagement exemplifies what true partnership can look like between nonprofits and Chicago's business community.

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Recent Partner Spotlights

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