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.

There’s trouble in the galaxy!

A planet is in crisis, and only you – the representatives of the Galactic Council – can resolve the conflict. In this workshop, you will create your very own alien character and home planet, and write a speech advocating for your solution to the crisis.

A Global Day of Giving

826DC is participating in #GivingTuesday, the international day of giving following Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Help us reach our goal of raising $7500 by November 28!

Fireside Cocktails

Festive drinks and live bluegrass music to kick off the holiday season and help DC young authors write their own paths forward in 2018.

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Can You Hear Me?

London Hart

If the officers were taught to take more precautions when addressing a situation, there would be fewer killings and officers could gain back the community's trust. If the community is given skills to handle situations with the police, the process would go much more smoothly.

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Okra (Not Orca) Soup

Chidinma Lantion

I love the way it warms me in the winter months and how it's not taboo to eat with your hands. But, most of all, I love the way every flavor and ingredient seem to flawlessly merge together. It creates one bite with so many flavors and textures that it creates a delicious havoc on your taste buds.

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A gift of any amount helps make our creative writing programs free for district students.

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

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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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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