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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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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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

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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