What’s your favorite book and who is your favorite author?
¿Cuál es tu libro favorito y quién es tu autor favorito?
The Wings of Fire series by Tui T. Sutherland. It has dragons and prophecies and it’s very twisty. Like SO twisty. There was an unexpected part.
Do you have any special hobbies or talents?
¿Tienes pasatiempos especiales o talentos?
I like to collect pokemon cards, I’m the best at summer camp, and I’m the best at school because no one is beating me. I’ve challenged them to battles and training and they’ve never gone any higher. I lost two years because I lost my pokemon pack but I climbed back up.
What is your favorite thing about writing?
¿Cuál es tu cosa favorita a cerca de la escritura?
You can technically express all of your emotions and technically let your imagination free I guess because you can’t do that in other things but you can in writing which makes it great I guess?
What’s your favorite memory of 826CHI?
¿Cuál es tu recuerdo favorito de 826CHI?
Let’s see, when I went up to the stage in first time and spoke out my story, it was the first time I ever did that and I don’t sign up for talent shows so that was really like Weeeeee!
What was your favorite piece to write at 826CHI?
Hmmm….um.., When it was like my first story about a dinosaur, because I actually drew a picture for that and there was that connection. I really developed a background.
What were you thinking about when you wrote it?
Let’s just see…. About how nervous I would be when I went up [to share the story] but about how happy I would be when I went down.
Do you have writing advice for other students?
¿Tienes consejos de escritura para los otros alumnos?
If there’s like a book that you like and it’s a series, you should try to write something that’s similar, like don’t intrude on their copyright or at least something similar so that you know it would be great.
What do you want to do when you’re an adult?
¿Que quieres hacer cuando seas grande?
I want to be an artist, maybe even publish the writing piece that I’m writing about about the wings of fire series, and have a cat. Like a lot of cats. Like a lot and a lot and a lot and a lot.
What’s something else you want the world to know about you?
¿Que es otra cosa quieres que el mundo sepa de ti?
Well, I have let’s see, that I have a writing piece that I’m writing, that I’m a great artist, and not really anything else.
If you could go anywhere tomorrow, where would you go?
¿Si podrías a cualquier parte del mundo mañana, donde irias?
Australia. I like Australia because it’s like a little island, but a bigger one, because It’s just floating there, you know? With a bunch of kangaroos. And I like the beaches because they are beautiful and I like to swim.
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.
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.