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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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What's New

Featured News, Press and stories from 826DC

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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Photojournalism

Intern Lara discusses how students of Young Authors' Book Project observed pictures of social injustice and the feelings and memories they evoked. This began a project of photojournalism, in which the students brainstormed ways they could capture their time attending Bruce Monroe, images that represent the school and their experience there.

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Mentorship

The students from the two schools working on Young Authors' Book Project come together as the high school students from SEED mentor the 5th graders from Bruce Monroe. This experience offered confidence building for the SEED students and learning and support for the Bruce Monroe students. Together, both groups observed the gap that lies between their grades and the memories (or wonderings of the future) that shape their identity.

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Having To Tell Your Mother Is the Hardest Part

We are so excited to announce the arrival of our next student publication! Having To Tell Your Mother Is the Hardest Part is a collection of personal narratives written by students from Bruce Monroe @ Park View Elementary and the SEED School of Washington, DC.

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