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IMPACT

You and your volunteers did a fantastic job, my students had such a great time and their love of writing is fully invigorated thanks to the enthusiasm and engagement of 826!

Jonathan, Partner Teacher

OUR FOCUS

In our work with our students, we focus on having an impact on three domains:

Academic Gains

  • Writing Skills
  • Engagement and motivation in school and schoolwork
  • Homework (completion/understanding)

Social / Emotional Gains

  • Confidence / Pride
  • Self-efficacy
  • Fostering creativity

Communication Skills 

  • Increased self-expression
  • Learning to ask for help
  • Interacting with adults

WHO WE SERVE

826CHI is committed to equitable access to high quality writing and literary arts education for Chicago youth.

Our programs support students from families who identify as low-income or who attend under-resourced Chicago schools.

2016-17 NUMBERS

STUDENTS

2,507

1st through 12th Grade Students Served

53.9%

English Language Learners Served (ASTW)

PROGRAMS

5

Programs

385

Program Sessions

860

Program Hours

99

Student Publications

VOLUNTEERS

327

Active Volunteers

2819

Volunteer Hours

SCHOOLS

112

Schools

78

Teachers

52

Zip Codes

45

Wards

EVALUATION

2015 - 2016 Survey Results

97%
OF STUDENTS

Feel confident about finishing their homework at 826CHI

97%
OF TEACHERS

Said that their students were challenged by our program

96%
OF STUDENTS

Were proud of their writing at the end of the project

TESTIMONIALS

I liked that this workshop was very open to ideas and opinions. You were safe to say anything and express any emotions.

ISABELLA, STUDENT

There is no way that I, alone, would have been able to provide such in-depth feedback for all of my students. The process also helped students with goal setting and process monitoring. One of the most important benefits is how the process of working with 826 helped students become more comfortable sharing their work and receiving constructive criticism.

JENI, TEACHER

I love that she has the practice to read and write here because she would be very reluctant to do it at home with me.

TERESA, PARENT

MEASURING SUCCESS

The 826 National office facilitates research and evaluation for the 826 network. 

826CHI gathers impact data from surveys and an Analytic Writing Continuum developed by 826 National, in conjunction with the National Writing Project. These assessments inform future program development and help us to understand the collective impact of 826 programs.

See their findings here, here, and here.
To learn about 826’s outcomes, view our Theory of Change.

Together these tools inform us of the needs of our students, our successes, and how we can continually improve our services to Chicago students.

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