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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

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Ode to Anacostia

Reginald Conway

This week's featured piece from the collection is "Ode to Anacostia" by Reginald Conway, first published in City Blossoms. Reading for us today is all-star 826DC volunteer Tara Campbell. She is the grateful recipient of the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities' (DCCAH) 2016 Larry Neal Writers' Award in Adult Fiction, and the DCCAH 31st Mayor's Arts Award for Outstanding New Artist.

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If We Did Not Have Hispanic Month

Dayana

This week's featured piece from the collection is "If We Did Not Have Hispanic Month" by Dayana, first published in the After-School Tutoring chapbook, How to Make a Snowflake. Reading for us this week is Sujan Sedhai, a member of the intrepid Editorial Board who helped select the great works you'll find in this collection.

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Featured News, Press and stories from 826DC

A Letter From Kalimah

Dear 826DC, Hi, my name is Kalimah, and I’m 12 years old. I have been attending evening and weekend workshops at 826DC since March of this year.

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