826 Network Stories

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Celebrating World Kindness Day with Cartoon Network

November 13, 2020

“We can treat everyone equally. It doesn’t matter where you are from or what color your skin is. We are all humans and deserve to be treated the same way as all other humans.”–Aanya K., grade 3, 826LA “How would … Continue reading

Fostering civic engagement through writing

October 30, 2020

At 826, our work is centered on elevating youth voices by offering tools and platforms for self-expression. Through thought-provoking writing projects and lessons, we invite students to think critically about the world we live in and join the conversation around … Continue reading

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Redefining Publishing in the 826 Network

October 8, 2020

At 826, we believe that the power and joy of writing should be accessible to every student in every classroom. But with school closures and all the hurdles that ensued, we had to reimage what publishing could look like in … Continue reading

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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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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

The Washington Post Reveals Why 826 Students Actually Love Writing

January 10, 2020

At 826, our North Star is a belief in the power of writing and the power of young people — because we know their voices matter. And as the largest youth writing network in the country, we’re dedicated to ensuring … Continue reading

826 National and Reach Higher Put Students on the Path to College

December 3, 2019

What happens when you combine the existing free college writing support offered by chapters in the 826 Network with Reach Higher’s expertise in creating a college-going movement? You get The Great College Essay Project, an effort launched this fall to … Continue reading

826 Students Write the Power of Inclusion

November 27, 2019

Sharing their advice on building inclusive spaces and writing narrative responses that demonstrate the power of inclusion. That’s what 826 chapters and students across the country did this fall as part of “Include Someone, Make a Difference,” our latest collaboration … Continue reading

Artist Jenny Holzer Features 826 Students in World Trade Center Installation

September 13, 2019

When you walk into 7 World Trade Center, dazzling LED lights not only greet you, they speak to you. Literally. The lights are inspired poetry written by 826NYC students — words brought to life 18 years after 9/11 touched the … Continue reading