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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

The 826DC Way

"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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How to Escape Chocolate Quicksand


This week's featured piece from the collection is "How to Escape Chocolate Quicksand" by Winta, first published in How to Survive Anything! 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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My Life as a Dog/Shark

Christopher M.

This week's featured piece from the collection is "My Life as a Dog/Shark" by Christopher M., first published in our "Smell This Story!" writing workshop. Reading it for us is 826DC Programs Director Lacey Dunham, self-proclaimed book nerd and cat wrangler.

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Publishing young authors is kind of our thing.

After-school Tutoring

We want your homework. Seriously.

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Creative and project-based fun.

Writing Workshops

Free workshops that foster creativity.

Reading All-stars

Saturday morning reading program.


Flexible and Teacher-Driven In-School Residencies.

What's New

Featured News, Press and stories from 826DC

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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The 826DC Way

Former intern Olive Sherman talks about what makes 826 different in its approach, philosophy, and overall vibe.

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March Volunteer of the Month: Joel Goldberg

There’s no stopping Joel, he is a volunteering machine. He volunteers at both on-site programs like field trips and workshops and off-site programs like our In School Writing, Editing, and Publishing program.

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We’re Hiring!

We're excited to announce an opportunity to join our growing team! 826DC seeks a highly motivated self-starter to join our team as the On-Site Programs Manager (OSPM), leading or overseeing all on-site activities, including the After-School Tutoring and Workshops programs.

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February Volunteer of the Month: Ashley Nguyen

As one of our field trip volunteers, Ashley is onsite several weekday mornings a month, sharing her passion and making an impact not just at 826DC but in each young person's life. It has been almost a year since she joined the 826 family, and she's been a wonderful addition!

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