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.
SPIEL: This secret agent volunteers in the Wicker Park Secret Agent Supply Co., and her favorite experience is delivering a successful pitch to customers!
SMITY: Did you know her codename, Agent Smity, is a combination of the words "small" and "mighty"?
SOUND: When Agent Smity isn't undercover, you can find her cooking, traveling, and being an ambassador for Sofar Sounds Chicago!
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.
COLLECTOR: Secret Agent Potato is a big Pokemon fan and collects all the cards. She's the number one trainer at her school!
CATS: When this writer is an adult, she wants to publish books and have lot and lots of cats.
CREATIVE: Our Writer of the Month is a great artist and writer! She's currently working on a piece about The Wings of Fire series by Tui T. Sutherland, which she loves because it's "very twisty."
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.
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.
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.
In the past few years, 826CHI has partnered with the Chicago Public Library to support the ChiTeen Lit Fest. This annual event aims to provide a safe and creative space for young adults to unlock and discover their unique voice through literary arts. ChiTeen Lit Fest seeks to bring together young people from across Chicago and celebrate their talents as they express themselves through exceptional and honest art. Most recently, 826CHI has begun a series of lead-up writing workshops to raise awareness in branches throughout the city for the upcoming fest on April 26-27, 2019.