826 Network Stories

The 826 Stand

July 14, 2016

826 National was inspired to take a stand on issues of inclusion and diversity in light of the many events that spotlighted social and racial injustices throughout the country. We as educators, volunteers, and caring adults need to be aware … Continue reading

Tapping New Orlean’s Haunted History To Give Student Voices A Boost – GOOD Magazine Feature

July 7, 2017

From the ghosts of tortured slaves at LaLaurie House in the French Quarter, to the spirits said to lurk in St. Louis Cemetery No. 1, New Orleans has a reputation as one of the most haunted places in the United … Continue reading

New YABP Book Releases Hot off the Presses!

June 22, 2017

For students across the 826 network, the end of the school year means summer vacation and the release of new publications, showcasing their hard work and creativity. From 826 Boston’s very first illustrated book to 826NYC’s creative take on food justice issues, there’s something … Continue reading

CALLING ALL YOUNG WRITERS AND DIGITAL MAVENS…SUBMIT YOUR ESSAYS BY JUNE 26TH!

June 5, 2017

826 National and Common Sense Media are excited to announce that they are putting together a book wherein young writers explore their relationship with the internet, with social media, and with the digital world in general. For a short time, … Continue reading

Summer’s Story

May 9, 2017

  As the car pulled into the driveway, I saw the spitting image of the perfect house for a middle class family in America, with a white picket fence and green grass. Surprisingly, there was also a mural of Maya … Continue reading

Marisa Urrutia Gedney | EDUCATOR. LEADER. MENTOR.

April 4, 2017

Marisa Urrutia Gedney’s story highlights how she evolved in her role at 826 to eventually become a Director of Education at 826LA. Marisa reflects on the importance of making an impact on a community you feel deeply connected to, the … Continue reading

Jenn De Leon | TEACHER. AUTHOR. CHAMPION.

April 4, 2017

In the spring of 2015, seventh and eighth-grade teacher Jenn De Leon partnered with 826 Boston on their Young Authors’ Book Project (YABP). Her involvement with 826 during this project is explored in this story. As an author herself, Jenn … Continue reading

Rashawnda Williams | SLAM POET. ACTIVIST. YOUTH WRITING AMBASSADOR.

April 4, 2017

Rashawnda Williams is just one of the many students that came to 826 and blossomed into an empowered writer. She shares about discovering her passion for spoken word, becoming a Youth Writing Ambassador, and the role 826 played in her … Continue reading

How 826 National is transforming education – CBS Feature

January 28, 2017

There’s a lot of debate in Washington right now about how money should be spent on education, including funding for public versus charter schools. But nonprofit organizations aren’t around for politicians to decide. Jamie Wax looks at one group that … Continue reading

826LA | Garcia Family

October 20, 2016

826LA is a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting students ages 6 to 18 with their creative and expository writing skills, and to helping teachers inspire their students to write. Our services are structured around our understanding that great leaps in learning … Continue reading