826 National amplifies the impact of our national network of youth writing and publishing centers, and the words of young authors. We serve as an international proof point for writing as a tool for young people to ignite and channel their creativity, explore identity, advocate for themselves and their community, and achieve academic and professional success.

826 Boston 826 NYC 826 DC 826 Michigan 826 Chicago 826 LA 826 Valencia 826 New Orleans

38,505

Students Served at 826 Chapters

31,095

Students Reached By 826 Digital

993

Student Publications

1,194

Teachers Served

1,972

After-School Tutoring Sessions

4,073

Active Volunteers

434

In-School Projects

895

Field Trips

323

Writing Workshops

Our students’ words will make you smile, think, sigh, cry so hard you laugh, and laugh so much you cry. Get ready to be inspired.

Read Student Work Here. 

826 Network Featured on CNN

August 30, 2018

“What we’re really about is helping young people improve their writing skills, but first, they feel welcomed.” Our co-founder Nínive Calegari talked to CNN about the beginning of the 826 Network, our famous store-fronts, and how important it is to … Continue reading

Cartoon Network Animates Our Students’ Stories

August 30, 2018

In 2018, our friends at Cartoon Network animated two 826 Network student stories—one by Jekaya, Grade 4, 826 Boston (Sweater) and another by Nana-Wadieh, Grade 3, 826NYC (Feathers). These stories were part of the 826 National Inclusion Storytelling Project – an … Continue reading

Michelle Obama Says Hello to 826DC

November 2, 2018

“Keep writing, keep working hard, and know that I’m thinking about you, and I’m proud of you.” Last week, magic really happened at 826DC when students received a special message from fellow writer, Michelle Obama. Writing can be hard sometimes, but … Continue reading

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