"I have witnessed firsthand what it means to a young person to be heard and to be seen."
"It has been the honor of my career to serve as Executive Director at 826CHI. Each staff, board member, student, parent, volunteer, donor, and educator has taught me something new."
"826CHI is a sanctuary for those looking for a supportive, mission-based nonprofit community with the right amount or transparency, advocacy and kindness."
“We know that Chicago students have the capacity to write with excellence and inspire other students to write,” said Kendra Curry-Khanna, Executive Director of 826CHI.
We hope that CPS teachers and students will soon return to schools and classrooms that are resourced for success.
On Thursday's Eat Your Words, we raised a total of...*drumroll please*...
"At this year's Eat Your Words, [826CHI] will be trying something new: an Iron Chef-inspired cooking battle between two national culinary pros."
"On behalf of all of us at 826CHI, we warmly welcome 826MSP to the 826 network! 826 is an invaluable space! A place where students can speak and truly be heard."
“One of our values is to share our students’ perspectives, opinions, experiences, and stories far and wide across the city,” Curry-Khanna said.
"But 826FORK offers something especially unique: an opportunity to showcase the best up-and-coming young voices, both on the page and on the mic."
826CHI is kicking off Summer 2019 with the release of our collection of music journalism: "Submerged in Euphoria".
Pride to me means accepting and acknowledging yourself and how you identify, and presenting it out into the world in your own way, not caring what people think if they choose to speak out against it.
"It didn’t matter how I was feeling that morning or if I had gotten a lot of sleep the night before; the moment a class arrived, their smiles, energy, and enthusiasm brought me so much joy."
"I’ve loved that there is no typical day on this job—I’ve gotten to do so many different things, oftentimes within the same day."
With the end of school year comes new 826CHI publications! Celebrate our students at our 2019 Publishing Fest, a week of literary release events across Chicago showcasing the work of young writers.
In "How to Dream a City," the young authors of George Washington High School tackle the question, "What would Chicago look like if young people were in charge?"
On June 8th, we'll be releasing "This Is What It Feels Like to Exist," a collection of poems and stories by the 826CHI Teen Writers Studio.
826CHI's tuition-free writing programs are back for Summer 2019! We'll be offering a variety of programs for young writers beginning grades 1-12 in Fall 2019.
On our ChiTown Stand Up Field Trip Tumblr, we're proud to release two new publications by 7th grade students at Sawyer Elementary and 8th grade students at the Chicago Jesuit Academy.
Notre Dame's Mendoza College of Business paired business-savvy alumni with 826CHI to conduct a five-month audit of 826CHI's communications.
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Chicago literati unite! Join us for Prologue on Thursday, May 30th at the Goose Island Barrel House.
On Thursday, April 11th, we'll be releasing a new collection of writing about home from the students of After-School Tutoring & Writing program.
Today, we are proud to release "We Are Worth More Than the Universe," a collection of poems, stories, and essays from our summer 2018 Middle School Writers Camp and High School Writers Camp.
In partnership with Rebuild, 826CHI is hosting "Writing Through The Unthinkable: Spaces of Change," a multi-generational writing workshop for ages 14+ at the Stony Island Arts Bank in April.
This fall, eighth grade students from Arthur Dixon Elementary wrote about the nostalgia, pride, and grief they find in Chicago. Read their memoirs and poems online in "Voices of Unity."
In FY 2018, we served 3,495 students in 114 schools and 48 zip codes.
Assemble your smartest, most devious acquaintances to contend for an obscenely gigantic trophy and bragging rights at Trivia for Cheaters on Friday, 2/15.
826CHI is calling on you to voice your support for a weighted arts indicator to the Illinois State Board of Education before the public comment period closes on February 6th.
In collaboration with local animation studio Demo Duck, 826CHI is proud to present an animated short film adapted from "She'Cago" by Izzy, a 10th grade student.
826CHI is proudly participating in the Teen Summit at the MoCP on Friday, February 8th. All teens are invited to participate in this free, multidisciplinary workshop on global migration.
On Thursday, January 10th from 6-8pm at the Chicago Teachers Union, we'll be releasing our latest compendium, which centers around the theme of discovery.
Find goodies for all those on your good list on Saturday, December 8th from 12-5pm at the Goods for Good Craft Fair!
On Monday, November 19th, long-time 826CHI student, Esperanza Rivera, joined President Barack Obama
We are still glowing from Eat Your Words - what a night! Thank you to everyone who joined the 826CHI community at the Chicago Cultural Center!
On November 24th, 2018, 826CHI will release our 2018 Young Authors Book Project, "A Flower Blooming in the Dark."
Join us for our annual culinary gala, Eat Your Words, on October 4th at the Chicago Cultural Center!
You're invited to celebrate our birthday on the scenic rooftop Prairie of the Ace Hotel Chicago!
Our second annual unoffical Pitchfork Music Festival kickoff event features 10 local musicians performing their renditions of 10 pieces of students writing!
We call for the collective action of the 826CHI community to demand children who were separated are immediately reunited with their families.
Thank you to Katie Powers at the Chicago Reader for writing about our Teen Writers Studio's latest publication, I Will Hold You Like a Bible!
826CHI has just launched the 3LIT Education Series, a series of workshops and discussions that supports educators in teaching standard, cultural, and critical literacy.
Join 826CHI students, staff, volunteers, friends, and family for the release of the annual Teen Writers Studio chapbook at the Poetry Foundation.
Join 826CHI and the students of this year's Young Authors Book Project for a community celebration of our new book, "A Flower Blooming in the Dark" on Monday, June 11th at The Promontory from 6-8pm.
On Saturday, June 9th, from 4-5pm, join 826CHI and the students of this year's Young Authors Book Project for a community celebration of our new book, "A Flower Blooming in the Dark."
Chicago literati unite! Prologue returns to the American Writers Museum on Friday, June 1 from 7 to 10 p.m. for an evening of hors d’oeuvres, open bar, and a raffle of luxe prize packages.
On May 18-19, Chicago Zine Fest will present its 9th annual celebration of independent publishers in the Chicago area and across the nation.
826CHI's Associate Board invites you to enjoy wine, cheese, and conversation at our Open House on Thursday, May 17.
Join us on Thursday, April 12th from 4:30-6:00 pm for the release party of But I Am Myself, And I Am Perfect For It // Pero yo soy yo misma, y soy perfecta por eso!
Join us for a Poetry Month writing workshop with the Growing Concerns Poetry Collective as part of 826CHI's FRESH INK community series!
Thank you to Rick Kogan for the representation of young Chicago writers, including 826CHI students, in The Chicago Tribune!
826CHI is currently seeking applicants for the position of Director of Development. Learn more about it from our current Director of Development, Stien van der Ploeg.
Calling all volunteers! Join us on January 24th, 6:30-8pm, for our first-ever Volunteer Training! This specialized session will help 826CHI volunteers hone their skills in working with young people.
To support our free literary and tutoring programs for underserved Chicago children, every year, 826CHI hosts Scrabble for Cheaters — a tournament with a dishonest twist for an honest cause.
Join us on Thursday, December 14th for the release of After-School Tutoring & Writing’s chapbook, The Moon Wrote A Song!
Find gifts for all of those on your good list at the inaugural 826CHI Goods for Good Craft Fair, where your shopping supports 826CHI's free writing programs!
You can now read our latest student publication, And the Rest Is Noise: Interviews & Reflections From The Students Of 826CHI’s 2017 Pitchfork Music Writing Intensive, in full online!
826 National proudly introduces 826 Digital: Inventive Resources to Ignite a Love of Writing
Last night’s third-annual Eat Your Words was full of the warmth and generosity of more than 200 guests!
An enormous thank you to all who joined us on Ace Hotel Chicago's rooftop for our birthday party—what a joyful way to kick off the school year!
826CHI stands in solidarity with those in Charlottesville who put themselves at risk to speak out against white supremacy.
Did you miss 826Fork, our night of musical adaptations of student writing?
Radio 826CHI is back on the air! Check out three new episodes from our podcasting workshop students, now available on Soundcloud.
“Won’t you celebrate with me/ For the life that has been/ Given as a gift?” - Esperanza R., 826CHI writer and City of Chicago “Rising Star”!
“For an intimate perspective [on segregation], you may want to chat with some of the city’s kids...Over the course of 149 letters, these kids pushed past... differences to find similar ground.”
Did you catch our students on Fox 32 Chicago’s morning news this week?