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

Paddlestar Galactica V

826DC is raising money by having volunteers and friends of 826DC compete in a bracket-style ping-pong tournament. Are you up to the challenge?

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Dear Freshman Self

Ivan Ango

This week's featured piece from the collection is "Dear Freshman Self" by Ivan Ango, first published in Get Used to the Seats. Reading Ivan's piece is Adam Mistler, a dedicated clerk for Tivoli's Astounding Magic Supply who also helped select the works in this collection as a member of the Editorial Board.

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Malcolm X and Greg

Junior

This week's featured piece from the collection is "Malcolm X and Greg" by Junior, first published in the After-School Tutoring chapbook, How to Act Like a Human. Reading it for us is Julie, a fifth grader who currently attends After-School Tutoring.

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Student Publishing


Publishing young authors is kind of our thing.

After-school Tutoring


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

February Volunteer of the Month: Ashley Nguyen

As one of our field trip volunteers, Ashley is onsite several weekday mornings a month, sharing her passion and making an impact not just at 826DC but in each young person's life. It has been almost a year since she joined the 826 family, and she's been a wonderful addition!

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Welcome, Spring Interns!

Our office is overflowing with interns this semester (sixteen in total!). We're very excited to introduce our Spring 2017 interns, a group of talented and dedicated individuals who have come from all over to help make a difference at 826DC.

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