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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 volunteers@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 2020 internships are now open! 

Find more info about Internships here!

Have questions? Email volunteers@826chi.org.

Focus Areas

Interns support 826CHI's efforts across the organization and also have the opportunity to focus in a specific area relevant to their interests. Internship concentrations are:

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)

Click here for in-depth position descriptions.


Email Volunteer Leadership at volunteers@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 joinAB@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.

Program Coordinator (Part-Time)

The Program Coordinator oversees the After-School Tutoring & Writing Program (ASTW), a community-based program that provides 50+ students weekly small group and/or one-on-one academic and writing support each school year. As Program Coordinator, this person works to cultivate a strong and supportive community of families, volunteers, and students, and promotes rigorous academic support and a creative laboratory for writing and self-expression. The position requires an educator with strong bilingual Spanish-English command.

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

Publishing Programs Coordinator (Full-Time)

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 by leading our publishing programs and publication development. Showcasing the writing of our students is a top tenet of our work and mission; to provide professional publishing experiences, publications, and public art works that celebrate, affirm, and platform youth voices. The Publishing Programs Coordinator supports all aspects of working with students and teachers to create and curate student writing for publication, publication management and development, and closely collaborates with the Communications Manager around book printing, book promotion and publication release events. This position offers the opportunity to become deeply engaged in building systems and partnerships that directly support our mission and students.

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

Volunteer Manager (Full-Time)

The Volunteer Manager oversees all aspects of volunteer and intern engagement at 826CHI. This includes the planning, execution, and evaluation of volunteer initiatives. The Volunteer Manager oversees and supports mentorship of volunteers to ensure 826CHI delivers the highest quality support to Chicago students and furthers our mission. 826CHI seeks someone with experience building community-based relationships and managing a diverse team of volunteers. This person is a skilled communicator (to all ages and all levels of learners), is flexible with their schedule (this position requires some evening and weekend availability), is a thoughtful educator (knows how to hold space for youth and how to teach others to do the same), and is willing to travel across Chicago to engage volunteers in a range of community settings and neighborhoods. The successful candidate will exhibit an attitude that is equal parts can-do and can-inspire-others-to-do.

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

Communications Manager (Full-Time Staff)

The Communications Manager supports the development and execution of the 826CHI’s strategy for all communications. Working in collaboration with staff, interns, and skilled volunteers, this role is responsible for the co-development, integration, and implementation of a broad range of communications, marketing, and public relations activities relative to the strategic direction and positioning of the organization. Additionally, the Communications Manager is an ambassador for 826CHI, building authentic relationships on behalf of the organization. The overarching goal of this position is to advance 826CHI’s visibility to new and existing audiences and to boost financial resources that support youth programs. 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, non-exempt position.

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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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