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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Support 826DC

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

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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Meet Our New On-Site Programs Manager!

We are so excited to welcome D’Real Graham as our new On-Site Programs Manager! Former volunteer and full-time staffer at 826michigan, D’Real is relocating his expertise to our very own 826DC, where he will be overseeing our on-site programs, including After School Tutoring and Workshops.

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Help us meet our annual goal

Thanks to your incredible support during Do More 24, we're already 1/3 of the way there! Support DC young authors with a donation to help us reach our goal by June 30.

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