826 Network Stories

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Celebrating Young Authors’ Book Projects on 826 Day

August 25, 2020

“We want to show that we are aware of the social problems affecting us and our communities and that we yearn for imminent change to happen.” —Ysatti, Christofer, Laisha, and Maria, the Student Editorial Board of 826 Boston’s My Generation … Continue reading

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Imagining 826’s future with our newest board members

August 21, 2020

Each year, over 5,000 volunteers make it possible for The 826 National Network to equip nearly 80,000 students with writing skills and platforms to share their diverse perspectives. Among those volunteers is 826 National’s Board of Directors, passionate leaders who … Continue reading

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A ‘Firelight’ For Every Dreamer: Jason Reynolds and 826 National present “For Every One”

August 20, 2020

“Dear future self, tell me that all the hard work, sleepless nights, and early mornings paid off. Tell me that all the suffering that I’m going through now has a good outcome.” —from “Dear Future Self” by Janeth C., Grade … Continue reading

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Black joy, rewriting the stars, and a glorious, poetic rage: Summer in The 826 Network

August 11, 2020

This year has been nothing short of challenging, as students, teachers, and caregivers were thrust into a sudden experiment in working and learning from home due to our global health crisis. Distance learning itself brought its own set of challenges, … Continue reading

Writing for Justice: Black Lives Matter

June 16, 2020

“Let’s write / make things right.” –Paris A., Grade 9, 826LA Dear 826 Community, I write this to you as our communities, our hearts, and much of the nation are afire with the anguish of Black lives ended, upended, and … Continue reading

826 Dallas Project’s first book examines culture, race, and COVID-19

May 21, 2020

“My friends, whom I shared these past four years with all are capable of changing the world, literally. I have no doubt that many of them will go on to do great things. And it is because of this feeling … Continue reading

This Moment is a Message: The 826 National Network During COVID-19

May 8, 2020

“Writing is a gift in a time like this. Now is the time to do our best work. This moment is a message. The message is not to stop writing. Write harder. Write more. Write your truth.”—  National Book Award-winner … Continue reading

In Poets in Revolt! young people write for empathy and justice

April 20, 2020

“Let’s write / make things right.” –Paris A., Grade 9, 826LA Whether it’s the March for Our Lives, the Youth Climate Strike, or Black Lives Matter, young people are at the frontlines of combating injustice and changing the world. Poets … Continue reading

The 826 National Network Believes It’s A Good Time to Write

April 15, 2020

In the 826 National Network, we believe that writing is an act of joy and freedom. Through our pencils, pens, markers, and keyboards, we can conjure universes, build understanding and empathy, and catalyze change. As our communities are sheltered in … Continue reading