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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

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"There’s something about climbing, about obscurity, that makes spaces more fun and exciting. When I climb the 826DC steps, my imagination goes all over the place." -Olive Sherman, 826DC Intern, January 2017

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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


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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What's New

Featured News, Press and stories from 826DC

Gallery Walk

Former intern Emily shares how students in the Young Authors' Book Project observe images of different social justices from across modern history and respond to them. They consider the connection of who they are and how they relate to the greater social context.

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826DC is Recruiting Two AmeriCorps Service Members

826DC is seeking two creative, experienced, dynamic, and highly organized AmeriCorps VISTA service members who will support the development and growth of our various programs as our next Volunteer Coordinator and Institutional Relations Specialist.

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What is the Young Authors’ Book Project?

Former intern Emily talks about Young Authors' Book Project-with Bruce Monroe Elementary and the SEED School of Washington DC-and it's focus on social justice issues, cultural identity, and the intersecting and celebration of cultures.

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