International Collective Belief Statement

February 7, 2019

What does the international youth writing community look like?

There are more than two billion young people in the world today, and each deserves the opportunity to tell their stories and to be heard. And there are more than 50 organizations around the world that have been inspired by the 826 model and approach working to inspire and support the next generation of writers, dreamers, leaders, and thinkers.

Last August, 826 National convened in Amsterdam with sixteen of these 826-inspired organizations from eleven different countries to share knowledge and learn about the international landscape of writing, education, and youth voice. Together, we envisioned our collective impact towards supporting young people writing a brave new world. Our shared beliefs were formalized in this statement.

There is a world of stories to be told. We invite you in advocacy and action to help us share those stories.

Read the full statement here.

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