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.

Walking Gemstones and Other Invisible Science

Learn about beetles that look like gemstones, farms that harvest wind, and the science behind the changing colors of cherry blossom trees in our 2-week summer workshop.

My Life as a Dog/Shark

"I jumped into action, ran into the water, swam over to that person, and bit the jellyfish without getting shocked. Here comes my favorite part, I thought."

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What it’s like to be Aleyahna (for those of you who aren’t)

Aleyahna

First of all I’m tall Face strong Real different huh Speak my mind But that ain’t how they want me to be Stressin’ but ain’t nothing progressing But that ain’t how life’s supposed to be Everybody wants me to be this, be that But that’s not what it’s gonna be!

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The Tiger

Nael

Grade 1

The tiger He destroyed his cage Yes YES The tiger is out   Originally published in “They’re Singing a Song in Their Rocket” and “You Will Be Able to Say a Thousand Words”

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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

Staff Spotlight: Brandon and Akshita

Welcome to our ongoing series, where we highlight some of the magic-makers here at 826DC. This month, we chatted with Brandon and Akshita, our two AmeriCorps Service Members, before they complete their year of service.

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We’re Hiring: Publication Programs Manager

We want you to join our growing team! 826DC seeks a visionary youth development professional to serve as our Publications Programs Manager (PPM) and help to thoughtfully shape the next chapter of our programming.

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