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I loved everything from the mix of students, instructors, and volunteers, to the field trips to the zoo and art museums, and everything in between. 

Lauren, STUDENT

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VOLUNTEER

Volunteering at 826CHI

Our troops of dedicated, playful, and brilliant volunteers are the backbone of our organization. Volunteers make our work possible and help us reach over 3,000 students in Chicago each year. Volunteers lead original workshops, design covers for chapbooks of student writing, provide homework support, and serve as lead agents in our storefront.

Whether you are looking to volunteer once a week, once a month, or once a semester, we are thrilled to have your support whenever you can offer it.

Apply to Volunteer

  1. Fill out the brief volunteer application below
  2. Complete a criminal background check.
  3. Attend a New Volunteer Orientation.
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For questions, email jillian@826chi.org

Volunteer Focus Areas

After-School Tutoring

Help students with their homework, reading, and writing. Volunteers work with students individually and in small groups during tutoring at 826CHI.

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In-Schools

Support teachers by providing students individualized help with classroom writing projects. Sessions happen in Chicago Public Schools.

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Field Trips

Support students in small groups on writing, drafting, and publishing projects during thematic Field Trips at 826CHI.

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Writing Workshops

Support students on writing, drafting, and publishing projects in community centers across Chicago.

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Events & Outreach

Serve as an ambassador for 826CHI at fundraisers, volunteer gatherings, student readings, and other events at 826CHI and across Chicago.

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Store Ambassador

Share the mission and story of 826CHI with visitors to the store while ringing up sales and soliciting donations at the Wicker Park Secret Agent Supply.

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Translation Cohort

Donate your professional Spanish language writing skills to translate student writing, marketing materials, and translate during meetings.

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Design Cohort

Lend your professional design, illustration, photography, and art skills to support a wide variety of online and print projects.

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Editing Cohort

Offer your professional editing skills to support student publishing projects like the Young Authors Book Project, Chapbooks, or marketing materials.

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INTERN

Join our team

826CHI seeks a group of enthusiastic, dedicated interns for semester or yearlong terms who will collaborate with our staff, volunteers, and fellow interns. Interns participate in all aspects of 826CHI and have the opportunity to conduct individual projects based on personal skills and interests.

Overview

826CHI seeks a group of enthusiastic, dedicated interns for semester or yearlong terms who will collaborate with our staff, volunteers, and fellow interns. Interns participate in all aspects of 826CHI and have the opportunity to conduct individual projects based on personal skills and interests.

826CHI interns commit to 15-25 hours per week of experience in one of the focus areas listed below. In addition to their focus areas, all interns assist in our programs, our storefront (the Secret Agent Supply), at our front desk, and at 826CHI events.

Applications for our 2022 internships are now open! 

Have questions? Email jillian@826chi.org

Focus Areas

Intern focus areas include the following:

After School Tutoring & Writing
Field Trips
In-School Programs & Workshops
Publications
Illustration/Design
Non-Profit Development
Non-Profit Management
Marketing & Communications
Volunteer Management & Recruitment
Social Enterprise
Program Recruitment (Summer)
Curriculum Development (Summer)

Email Volunteer Leadership at jillian@826chi.org with any questions.

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ASSOCIATE BOARD

Join the 826CHI Associate Board

Our Associate Board is a group of volunteers committed to spreading awareness of 826CHI’s mission, organizing multiple fundraisers throughout the year (including an annual cocktail gala), and financially supporting the organization.

Associate Board membership is a unique way to contribute to a better Chicago while strengthening personal leadership skills. It comes with memorable social events, the opportunity to volunteer in support of our students, and meaningful relationships with fellow young professionals.

Interested in becoming a member?

Email celia@826chi.org to find out about our next open house and application process.

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CAREERS

Careers at 826CHI

All chapters of the 826 Network were named in GOOD Magazine’s 30 Places We Want to Work. If you are interested in working at 826CHI, stay tuned for future opportunities!

There are currently no positions available but when ones open up we will post listings here.

Programs Manager

826CHI is looking for an enthusiastic, committed individual who is excited to join a hard-working, mission-driven team that has a passion for expanding access to creative youth development in Chicago. This is a 40 hour a week, exempt position. The Programs Manager works in collaboration with Director Programs to lead the program team. Our programs are based on a student-focused model in which student choice and student leadership is centered. The Programs Manager ensures quality in our program design by managing partnerships, assessment, data, and a core set of programs. The Programs Manager will follow best practices on instruction, inclusion, and implementation to guide the program team and Teaching Artists in designing curriculum and programming. The Programs Manager also works in collaboration with the Director of Programs and the program team to seek professional development opportunities that focus on school time and out of school time programming. The Programs Manager manages their own set of programming and fulfill needs as expressed by the Director of Programs and program team to ensure cohesion and effectiveness of programs.

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There are currently no positions available but when ones open up we will post listings here.

Teen Writers Studio Teaching Artists

826CHI is looking for four Teaching Artists to facilitate our Teen Writers Studio program. Two Teaching Artists will co-facilitate in the Gage Park neighborhood at a host school and two other Teaching Artists will co-facilitate in the Bronzeville neighborhood at a host school. The four Teaching Artists will be responsible for curriculum preparation and modification, facilitation, and checking in with the 826CHI Publishing Programs Coordinator weekly for 30 minutes. This is a contracted opportunity. Teen Writers Studio program is a 15-week creative writing program facilitated after school in neighborhood schools, from October 2022-May 2023 In person on Tuesdays from 4:30-6pm. This project is artistically designed to encourage unique and personal storytelling, promote student creativity, and results in a professionally designed publication featuring students’ original writing.

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There are currently no positions available but when ones open up we will post listings here.

Part-Time Development Coordinator

The Development Coordinator is responsible for supporting the execution of 826CHI’s development and communications strategies and processes related to and with individual donors, corporate sponsorships, events, special campaigns. The Development Coordinator works in partnership with the Development and Communications Manager and the Executive Director to execute strategies for long-term financial sustainability and to increase mission reach and visibility. The Development Coordinator also supports community-centric fundraising practices that align with organizational values and understands the mission of 826CHI and its programs, and serves as an enthusiastic, effective advocate and ambassador of these programs within the community. This position requires availability on some nights and weekends.

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Commitment to Inclusion

As an organization committed to encouraging youth in their creative expression, personal growth, and academic success, 826CHI recognizes the importance of diversity at all levels and in all aspects of our work. In order to build and maintain the safe, supportive environment in which great leaps of learning occur, we commit to inclusion: We will not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, ethnicity, age, gender identity, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, nationality, marital status, English fluency, parental status, military service or disability. 

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