Writing changes

lives

communities

the future

826 National leads the largest youth writing network in the country

We support 826 chapters, publish young writers, and equip educators to help every student discover the power and joy of writing.

Amplifying powerful stories from youth voices

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We believe writing is as vital as reading

Writing skills build the foundation for academic, professional, and personal success. But writing education is unevenly distributed and underfunded across the country. 826 National improves both equity and access to writing education by supporting local programs and advancements in writing education.

Leading with a culture of creativity
Providing welcoming and brave spaces
Collaborating with communities
Producing diverse programs and curricula
Celebrating student voices
Giving students agency over their work
Offering individualized support
Treating students as leaders

A national movement for creativity

826 chapters provide students from under-resourced communities with high-quality writing and publishing programs in inspiring, creative spaces.

Free resources for educators and parents

826 Digital brings the 826 approach to classrooms and communities around the world. Find free lesson plans, writing prompts, student writing samples, videos, and more.

Setting new standards for writing education

The 826 Research team reports on the state of writing education, measures our impact on students, educators, and communities, and establishes best practices to move the national conversation forward.

91%
Students who say 826 helped their writing improve
87%
Students who believe that writing can make their life better

Where students become writers

Our definition of success is simple: Strengthen students through the transformative power of writing, wherever life takes them.

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