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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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Dear Freshman Self

Ivan Ango

This week's featured piece from the collection is "Dear Freshman Self" by Ivan Ango, first published in Get Used to the Seats. Reading Ivan's piece is Adam Mistler, a dedicated clerk for Tivoli's Astounding Magic Supply who also helped select the works in this collection as a member of the Editorial Board.

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Malcolm X and Greg

Junior

This week's featured piece from the collection is "Malcolm X and Greg" by Junior, first published in the After-School Tutoring chapbook, How to Act Like a Human. Reading it for us is Julie, a fifth grader who currently attends After-School Tutoring.

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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.

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Flexible and Teacher-Driven In-School Residencies.

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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826DC and Schools In Need—How Do We Help?

Writing is challenging, especially for students who have experienced a life that didn't make it fun or possible. Former intern Olive talks about how 826DC turns that around and not only helps students with their writing skills, but helps make the process of writing a rewarding and validating experience that bolsters their confidence and allows them to embrace their ability.

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