Word Up!: An International Conference

August 7, 2018

11 different countries, 16 different organizations; 147,000 children.

From July 11 to 14, sixteen 826-inspired organizations gathered together to share knowledge and learn about the international landscape of writing, education, and youth voice. 826 National teamed up with Noordje, an organization that runs art and language projects at schools and in neighborhoods for students aged 6 through 18 in Amsterdam, to host Word Up! in their beautiful writing center in Amsterdam. The Word Up! conference focused on the importance of students worldwide being able to advocate for themselves and their communities through the written word.

Noordje students proudly read aloud their newspaper articles and interviewed 826 National co-founder Dave Eggers. 

We came together to share, learn, plan, inspire, and talk about how writing is the creative tissue that connects us all.

Participating Organizations:

“The conference was an incredibly meaningful time to meet with 826-inspired organizations from around the world,” said Kait Steele, Director of Operations. “Our conversations highlighted the ways students are exploring and amplifying their voices at each of the organizations—and how this work and these stories are part of a global movement.”

A big thank you to all the participating organizations for a successful and inspirational conference! We look forward to the work we will do to protect, uplift, and amplify student voice around the world — together. 

More Stories Like This »

CALLING ALL YOUNG WRITERS AND DIGITAL MAVENS…SUBMIT YOUR ESSAYS BY OCTOBER 27TH!

September 20, 2017

826 National and Common Sense Media are excited to announce that they are putting together a book wherein young writers explore their relationship with the internet, with social media, and with the digital world in general. For a short time, … Continue reading

Top Ten Moments from 2018

December 16, 2018

What better way to ring in the New Year than to celebrate our creative, funny, brilliant young writers. Join us as we highlight 10 moments of joy and exploration from 2018 across the 826 Network.  

#Shop826

November 28, 2017

To raise funds, inspire creativity in students, and share our programs with the community, all 826 Network chapters feature a street-front retail store filled with unusual products, student publications, and information on its programs. As students are welcomed into the … Continue reading