826 Network Stories

Me vs. Bad Luck | 826DC

July 18, 2017

At 1:59 p.m., almost two o’clock, the rides were full of people. No seat was empty for the ride where you lay down and you go up…down…up…down, and it keeps on going. I felt like I was going to fall … 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

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

The Human Arch | 826LA

April 3, 2017

When I was a child, everything seemed safe and secure. My parents never cried or acted sad around my brother and me. The world seemed like a safe and happy place, and I believed parents just never cried! It seems … Continue reading

Should Colleges Use Affirmative Action? | 826michigan

February 28, 2017

My Opinion: No, colleges should not use affirmative action. It’s going to help African-Americans and some minorities, but it will not help the Caucasian community (or, as my teacher calls it, the white-boy town) of Saline. It will not help … Continue reading