We Believe

that great leaps in learning can come from one-on-one attention and that building writing skills leads to future success. For our city's youth, 826DC offers these opportunities - right in the heart of the District of Columbia. Make magic happen with us today.

"Try again. Fail again. Fail better."

"Every now and then, especially when struggling with words and writing, I think that I should tattoo [this Samuel Beckett quote] on my forehead so I can see it when I brush my teeth." -September Volunteer of the Month, Antonio Díaz Oliva

Challenge Accepted.

We’ve been awarded another challenge grant by the Cafritz Foundation! Give now and they'll match your donation dollar for dollar, effectively doubling your impact on our programs. Help us raise $15,000 and succeed in the new school year by making a donation today.

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“The Thing With Feathers” Field Guide

by the Students of 826DC's 2017 Summer workshop

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The Overthrow

Adan Hernandez

I see white coats on the side, bwahehe. I walk up to a scientist and pretend that I am one, too! I comment, "Hi...so..." Then I just leave him, haha. Awkward. BUT! I see some goodies to steal. Bwahehe.

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Student Publishing


Publishing young authors is kind of our thing.

After-School Writing Lab


We want your homework. Seriously.

Field Trips


Creative and project-based fun.

Writing Workshops


Free workshops that foster creativity.

Reading All-stars


Saturday morning reading program.

In-Schools


Flexible and Teacher-Driven In-School Residencies.

What's New

Featured News, Press and stories from 826DC

826DC explores “Perception”

This year, 826DC embarks on an exploration. We’ve decided to focus the attention of our programs, staff, and young authors around a central guiding theme: PERCEPTION.

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We’re Hiring!

We’re excited to announce an opportunity to join our growing team! 826DC seeks an outgoing and mission-oriented individual with retail experience to support the Saturday operations of our storefront as the next Deputy Store Manager. 

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Celebrate 826 on 8/26

Join us for a sweet treat in Navy Yard before the Nats play the Mets! Event Details Ice Cream Jubilee has generously agreed to help us show our gratitude!

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The Thing With Feathers

This summer 826DC students learned all about our feathered friends who inhabit the District, as well as those who pass through during migration.

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