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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.

November's Spy

Agent Name

Danger Crane

Real Name

Samantha Crane

AVID READER: Danger Crane has an endless list of favorite books! She's a top-notch source for book recommendations.

AMAZING WRITER: This spy leads a double life as a writer! Her advice to our students? "Write everyday."

A NOVEL IN PROGRESS: Agent Danger Crane has a science fiction novel in progress. We can't wait to see her name on our bookshelves some day!

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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.

November's Writer

Agent Name

Mya

Real Name

Jay

BOLD: This young writer is overflowing with creativity! She has a strong voice in her writing, and is always finding new outlets for her creative energy.

BLOG: Mya is in her first year in Teen Writer's Studio, and after Luvvie Ajayi came to speak, she was inspired to start a blog of her own writing.

BIG DREAMS: She dreams of being a novelist one day! She could also see herself teaching creative writing.

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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

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.

Partner Spotlight

East Village Youth Program

East Village Youth Program (EVYP) prepares Chicago youth to become first-generation college graduates. Through comprehensive programming including academic advancement, risk prevention, socio-emotional skills development, financial literacy and outreach, EVYP provides students with the tools they need to become successful young adults.

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Recent Partner Spotlights

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