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 Lemons by Melissa Savage. My favorite author is Dav Pilkey, the creator of The Adventures of Captain Underpants.
Do you have any special hobbies or talents?
¿Tienes pasatiempos especiales o talentos?
I’m double-jointed in my hands! My favorite hobby is playing soccer and softball with my family.
What is your favorite thing about writing?
¿Cuál es tu cosa favorita a cerca de la escritura?
I get to be creative, and I really like writing the end of stories.
What’s your favorite memory of 826CHI?
¿Cuál es tu recuerdo favorito de 826CHI?
I really enjoy everyone and being a part of After-school Tutoring & Writing.
What is your favorite piece that you've written at 826CHI?
I think my favorite piece is the story I’m writing now. It’s about a kid named Dar who’s really lonely and sad. A lot of weird things take place in the story, but it all leads up to him being happy by the end of the story.
Do you have writing advice for other students?
¿Tienes consejos de escritura para los otros alumnos?
Write as much as you can and try your best. Don’t be afraid.
What do you want to do when you’re an adult?
¿Que quieres hacer cuando seas grande?
I want to be a vet and help animals. Or be a pediatrician, so I can help children.
What’s something else you want the world to know about you?
¿Que es otra cosa quieres que el mundo sepa de ti?
I like writing. I write in my spare time. I use video game characters and create stories out of them. Like, I wrote a story about Mario!
If you could go anywhere tomorrow, where would you go?
¿Si podrías a cualquier parte del mundo mañana, donde irias?
I would go to Mexico to see my family and go to the pool since it’s hot there.
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.