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IMPACT

If, as Donalyn [Miller] said, books can give children light and hope and power, the work 826CHI is doing can change the world.

Jen, Volunteer and 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.

2017-18 NUMBERS

STUDENTS

3,495

1st through 12th Grade Students Served

51.3%

English Language Learners Served (ASTW)

PROGRAMS

5

Programs

319

Program Sessions

898

Program Hours

146

Student Publications

VOLUNTEERS

287

Active Volunteers

20,267

Volunteer Hours

SCHOOLS

112

Schools

111

Teachers

49

Zip Codes

39

Wards

EVALUATION

2017 - 2018 Survey Results

94%
OF STUDENTS

Say 826CHI has helped them to become better writers

100%
OF TEACHERS

Said that their students were challenged by our program

100%
OF STUDENTS

Feel safe at 826CHI

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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