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.

Our Programs

help students of all ages write their own paths forward—and have fun doing it. At risk for a zombie apocalypse? We've got a writing workshop lesson plan for that. Running for Kid President? We can help a student craft her winning platform. From the serious to the silly, we're ready to create with you.

My Life as a Dog/Shark

"I jumped into action, ran into the water, swam over to that person, and bit the jellyfish without getting shocked. Here comes my favorite part, I thought."

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My White Lie

Kayla Edwards

Grade 4

My white lie got bigger and bigger. My white lie was that I ate the last cookie and said that somebody ate it.

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The Big Brown Mego Mansion

Shawnti Wade

Grade 4

My Brown mansion is Brown as it can be

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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

Staff Spotlight: Brandon and Akshita

Welcome to our ongoing series, where we highlight some of the magic-makers here at 826DC. This month, we chatted with Brandon and Akshita, our two AmeriCorps Service Members, before they complete their year of service.

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We’re Hiring: Publication Programs Manager

We want you to join our growing team! 826DC seeks a visionary youth development professional to serve as our Publications Programs Manager (PPM) and help to thoughtfully shape the next chapter of our programming.

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We’re Hiring Service Members!

We’re 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 Engagement Specialist and Development Systems Specialist.

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