To empower students with the skills to write their own paths forward, undefined by circumstance.
To support new and exciting approaches to writing and inspire student engagement.
To foster generations of creative writers and thinkers, who together will define a better future.
About 826 & 826 National
Last year our chapters served more than 30,000 students. Each 826 chapter offers five core programs: after-school tutoring, field trips, workshops, Young Authors’ Book Project, and in-school programs — all free of charge — for students, classes, and schools. Each program offers innovative and dynamic project-based learning opportunities, building on students’ classroom experience and strengthening their ability to express ideas effectively, creatively, confidently, and in their own voice.
Of 826 National’s operations directly support our chapters’ writing and tutoring centers
of 826 National’s operations serve to advance the network as a whole
Inspiring a New Generation of Writers
826 National's Operations
At its heart, 826 National is a central office that functions to support each of its chapters. Therefore, one of our greatest priorities is facilitating collaboration and unification among 826 staff across the country. 826 National leads monthly calls to convene, share best practices, and discuss anything from volunteer coordination to fundraising to diversity and inclusion efforts. While each 826 community is unique, our common practices and vision unify us.
826 National also helps facilitate national programmatic partnerships, like Read This Poem, our collaboration with the Academy of American Poets to celebrate National Poetry Month. The project, which highlights and connects local poets in each of 826 National’s seven chapter cities, asks participating poets to commit to an act of service with their local 826 chapter.
The 826 network’s research and evaluation efforts are centralized in the National office. Our Director of Research and Evaluation is responsible for managing program assessments for students, volunteers, parents, and teachers; collecting and interpreting data to both inform our chapters’ programming and to share best practices; and researching new education pedagogy to continually improve our programs. In addition to this, 826 National routinely works with outside evaluators to facilitate and produce independent evaluations of 826’s programs.
In addition to supporting the tremendous growth among our existing chapters, 826 National works to build the network’s expansion efforts and initiatives. Because 826 is a community-based organization, it’s important to us to support developments spearheaded by local working groups and organizations who best understand their community, local arts, and education landscape. Groups interested in joining the network can apply to enter our Chapter Development Process.
To aid these groups, and other interested parties, we host a two-day 101 Seminar to bring together individuals from around the world who are interested in either the 826 model, or in starting their own arts-based, community-based nonprofit.
826 National strives to provide educators with quality writing lessons and curriculum to get students excited about and engaged in writing. We’ve published several resources for educators and parents:
826 Digital is a new educator-facing, pay-what-you-wish, online platform to enable students everywhere to experience the transformative power of writing. 826 Digital hosts an ever-expanding collection of Common Core-aligned lessons, projects, writing prompts, and student writing that bring an unconventional and engaging approach to teaching writing. All content was developed and field-tested by educators, volunteers, and students affiliated with the 826 National Network.
Don’t Forget to Write is a set of creative writing lesson plans for elementary and secondary grades. Created as a resource to reach all students (even those most resistant to creative writing), the lessons range from goofy fun (like “The Other Toy Story: Make Your Toys Come to Life”) to practical, from sports to science, music to mysteries. These lessons are written by experts, and favorite novelists, actors, and other celebrities pitched in too. Lessons are aligned with the Common Core State Standards.
STEM to Story: Enthralling and Effective Lesson Plans for Grades 5-8 inspires learning through fun, engaging, and meaningful lesson plans that fuse hands-on discovery in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) with creative writing. Aligned with both the Common Core State Standards and the Next Generation Science Standards, this book provides teachers, after-school and out-of-school providers, and parents with field-tested lessons, workshops, and projects designed by professionals in each field.
2016 Gerald Richards, former CEO, named 2016's Murdoch Community Hero by News Corp
2013 Library of Congress American Literacy Award presented to 826 National for achievements in the field of literacy
2012 Strategic Horizons LLP Experience Stager of the Year Award presented to 826 National
2012 INFORUM's 21st Century Visionary Award presented to Dave Eggers
2010 Jim Henson Community award presented to 826 National
2009 Los Angeles Times Book Prize Innovators Award presented to Dave Eggers
2008 TED Prize presented to Dave Eggers for his work with 826 National
2007 Heinz Award for Arts & Humanities presented to Dave Eggers
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