Our mission is to spark the power and joy of writing for a more just world.
We’re working towards a country in which writing education is accessible to every student in every classroom. That means creating more writing spaces, and empowering more writing teachers.
From the Mission District to the world
In 2002, 826 began as a Pirate Supply Store on Valencia Street in San Francisco, connecting community members with students to develop and amplify their voices. Over the years, we’ve grown to include nine official chapters and 826 Digital, and our model has inspired 70+ international organizations, and our staff and volunteers have helped more than 670,000 students strengthen their writing skills.
Working for access and equity
826 National is focused on four strategic priorities to transform writing education.
We share the words of young writers with the world.
We support educators with practical tools and curricula
We promote writing as a tool for creativity and success
We partner with community leaders, educators, and organizations who share our commitment to writing
Every student story is a success
Join the 826 National team
Our team is a diverse group of writers, jokesters, and problem-solvers that lead with curiosity, empathy, and respect. 826 has been voted one of the top 30 companies to work for by GOOD Magazine and our chapters are frequently recognized as the best places to volunteer by local media. Nearly 200 employees work across the entire 826 Network.