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826 After School Video

826 National was featured in a 2013 report by The Wallace Foundation about afterschool arts programs. The report, Something to Say: Success Principles for Afterschool Arts Programs from Urban Youth and Other Experts, offers insights directly from tweens, teens and their families; teachers and leaders in the arts and youth development; and 10 principles for attracting and retaining an audience often thought hard to engage: low-income urban tweens. The report also includes in-person case studies of eight youth development organizations — The Wallace Foundation's selections of "best in class"— including 826 National. The Wallace Foundation also created a video profile about our After School Tutoring program, which can be viewed here.

826 Boston

826 Boston kicked off its programming in the spring of 2007 by inviting authors Junot Díaz, Steve Almond, Holly Black, and Kelly Link to lead writing workshops at the English High School. The visiting writers challenged students to modernize fairy tales, invent their ideal school, and tell their stories. Since then Boston has hosted a variety of creative and challenging workshops. Located in Roxbury's Egleston Square, a culturally diverse community south of downtown, 826 Boston is close to more than 20 Boston schools.

  • Opened: September 2007
  • Serves: Boston Public and Greater Boston Area School Districts
  • Neighborhood: Roxbury, Egleston Square
  • Satellite: Boston Public Library
  • Most Recent Publication: I'm a Flame You Can't Put Out/Soy Una Llama Que No Puedes Apagar
  • Storefront: The Greater Boston Bigfoot Research Institute
  • Executive Director: Daniel Johnson


826CHI opened its writing lab and drop-in tutoring center in Chicago's Wicker Park neighborhood. The setting is both culturally lively and teeming with schools: within one mile, there are fifteen public schools comprising more than 16,000 students. Its storefront, The Wicker Park Secret Agent Supply Co., sells nothing of interest and is certainly not an outlet for spy equipment.

  • Opened: December 2005
  • Serves: Chicago Public School District
  • Neighborhood: Wicker Park
  • Most Recent Publication: Even a Lion Can Get Lost in the Jungle
  • Storefront: The Wicker Park Secret Agent Supply Co.
  • Executive Director: Kendra Curry-Khanna


826DC was founded as Capitol Letters Writing Center in 2008 and re-opened as 826DC in October 2010. 826DC serves students from all over the Greater Washington, DC area. The center is based in the neighborhood of Columbia Heights, which is also home to about 17 public and public charter schools, putting 826DC at the center of a dense student population. 826DC also opened their storefront, The Museum of Unnatural History, in October 2010.

  • Opened: October 2010
  • Serves: D.C. Public Schools
  • Neighborhood: Columbia Heights
  • Most Recent Publication: Everyone is Moving, No One in Place
  • Storefront: The Museum of Unnatural History
  • Executive Director: Joe Callahan


826LA benefits greatly from the wealth of cultural and artistic resources in the Los Angeles area. Since opening, they’ve provided thousands of hours of free one-on-one writing instruction. They’ve sent volunteers into schools all over Los Angeles, held summer camps for English language learners, given students sportswriting training in the Lakers press room, and published love poems written from the perspective of leopards. Last year, they launched their first satellite site at Manual Arts Senior High School to expand their reach to students in South Los Angeles

  • Opened: March 2005
  • Serves: Los Angeles Unified School District
  • Neighborhoods: Mar Vista and Echo Park
  • Satellite: Manual Arts Senior High School
  • Most Recent Publication: Beyond the Gates and Fences
  • Storefronts: Echo Park Time Travel Mart and Mar Vista Time Travel Mart
  • Executive Director: Joel Arquillos


826michigan opened its doors on June 1, 2005. 826michigan serves students all over southeastern Michigan, hosting all their in-schools residencies in Ypsilanti schools, and providing workshops for students in Detroit, and Lincoln and Willow Run school districts. They also have a packed workshop schedule on-site every semester, with offerings that range in topic from making pop-up books to writing sonnets to creating a screenplay to producing an infomercial and more. The Liberty Street Robot Supply & Repair store opened in May of 2008.

  • Opened: June 2005
  • Serves: Ann Arbor, Detroit, and Ypsilanti Public School Districts, Lincoln Consolidated Schools, and Willow Run Community Schools
  • Neighborhoods: Ann Arbor, Detroit, and Ypsilanti
  • Most Recent Publication: Enjoy! Recipes for Building Community
  • Storefront: Liberty Street Robot Supply and Repair Store
  • Executive Director: Amanda Uhle


826NYC's writing center opened its doors in September 2004. Since then their programs have offered over one thousand students opportunities to improve their writing and to work side by side with community volunteers. This past year they built their first satellite tutoring center, created in partnership with the Brooklyn Public Library, which has introduced their programs to an entirely new community of students.

  • Opened: June 2004
  • Serves: New York City Public Schools
  • Neighborhood: Park Slope and Williamsburg
  • Satellite: Williamsburg Branch of the Brooklyn Public Library
  • Most Recent Publication: Growing Our Hearts & Brains
  • Storefront: Brooklyn Superhero Supply Co.
  • Executive Director: Joshua Mandelbaum

826 Valencia

Named for its location in the heart of San Francisco’s Mission District, 826 Valencia opened on April 8, 2002 and consists of a writing lab, a street-front student-friendly retail pirate store that partially funds the programs, and satellite classrooms in two nearby middle schools. Since opening their doors, over 1,700 volunteers—including published authors, magazine founders, SAT course instructors, documentary filmmakers, and other professionals—have donated their time to work with thousands of students. These incredible volunteers allow them to offer all of their services for free.

  • Opened: April 2002
  • Serves: San Francisco Unified School District
  • Neighborhood: The Mission District
  • Satellites: Writers’ Rooms at Everett Middle School, Buena Vista Horace Mann K-8, and Mission High School
  • Most Recent Publication: Uncharted Places
  • Storefront: Pirate Supply Store
  • Executive Director: Bita Nazarian