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Writer of the Month

January's Writer

January's Writer

Writer of the Month

Writer of the Month

Agent Name

Kinzie Girl

Real Name

Alondra

Agent Name

Kinzie Girl

Real Name

Alondra

Alondra

Alondra

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 is Junie B Jones. My favorite author is Barbara Park.


Do you have any special hobbies or talents?

¿Tienes pasatiempos especiales o talentos?

My hobby is that I like to draw a lot. I like to draw people, just friendly people.


What is your favorite thing about writing?

¿Cuál es tu cosa favorita a cerca de la escritura?

My favorite thing about writing is that I get to be creative and get ideas. My ideas come from things I keep in my head for a long time.


What’s your favorite memory of 826CHI?

¿Cuál es tu recuerdo favorito de 826CHI?

I get to meet different tutors and play different games. A game is Battleship and a tutor is Aaron.


What inspired you to write “An Evening At My Dad’s House”

Because at my aunt’s house, there are a lot of people there, we play, laugh, hang out often, and it makes me feel like loved all the time.


What were you thinking about when you wrote this line? “When we eat, we eat together as a family.”

When my mom and grandma make dinner, we always eat in the dining room together. They always make food together. I was thinking about my family, my brother, my sister, what I do for activities.


Do you have writing advice for other students?

¿Tienes consejos de escritura para los otros alumnos?

Be creative and use your imagination. Imagine something that no other person has thought of before.

What do you want to do when you’re an adult?

¿Que quieres hacer cuando seas grande?

I want to teach students. I want to teach school students. I want to be a teacher and teach second grade.


What’s something else you want the world to know about you?

¿Que es otra cosa quieres que el mundo sepa de ti?

That I’m nice and caring.


If you could go anywhere tomorrow, where would you go?

¿Si podrías a cualquier parte del mundo mañana, donde irias?

My aunt’s house in Indiana. The rest of my family lives there.

Our work together

Our 826 Day event on the roof of Ace Hotel Chicago was a beautiful celebration of our community from our donors to our students and everyone in between (pictured above is 826CHI supporter TASHA’s performance). Our book P.S. You Sound Like Someone I Can Trust  was available in the hotel’s suites, Ace Hotel Chicago has hosted our annual love-themed print show featuring work by local artists inspired by our students writing on love, and their Senior Sales Manager, Tenasha Wilcoxon, spoke to our students in After-School Tutoring & Writing’s Speakers & Snacks series about what it’s like to work at a hotel.

Our Work Together

The partnership between East Village Youth Program and 826CHI is a yearly collaboration to help students achieve their goal of being accepted into their college of choice and for many to be the first in their family to attend college. This fall, 826CHI staff and 12 volunteers worked with 13 high school seniors on their personal statements for college applications. The partnership continues in the Spring when 826CHI and volunteers will return to EVYP to support students as they apply for scholarships.  

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