We’re currently accepting new students, ages 6-14, to our free After-School Writing Lab! Questions? Ask Tyler.

Welcome, Spring Interns!

Our office is overflowing with interns this semester (sixteen in total!). We’re very excited to introduce our Spring 2017 interns, a group of talented and dedicated individuals who have come from all over to help make a difference at 826DC, from behind-the-scenes in communication and development to the frontline with students in programming and publishing.

Thanks for joining the team, everyone!

From left to right: (Back row) Keith Wise, Allie Short, Chloe Isaac, (Middle row) Ashley Harris, Audrey Smith, Minji Go, Rachel Dennen, Jessica Harris, (Front row) Catherine Gregoire, Tori Dickson, Jasmine White, Gabriela Grant, (not pictured) Alberto Holguin, Savannah Shepard, Morgan Zeiss, Lara Fishbane

Visit our Intern Bio page to learn more about the unique stories of each of our interns as we continue to post them this week.

Storytelling & Bookmaking Corporate Team Building

The staff at 826DC recognizes that organizational success depends on the ability of individuals to build effective and collaborative teams.

Through our work of providing high-quality creative and expository writing programs to students in DC, we’ve developed a few magic tricks that facilitate goal-setting and collaboration. Each morning, 826DC ’s Field Trip program hosts classrooms for Storytelling & Bookmaking, helping children knock down the obstacles that thwart creativity, clearly define objectives and goals, break down personal barriers, and problem solve.

We’d love to share this team building activity with your corporate staff. This upbeat experience enables staff at all corporate levels to work as true team players. Each team member will emerge from the two-hour workshop with an original and professionally illustrated short story, printed on-site by 826DC.

Interested? Please contact Areesah Mobley, Director of Development, at areesah@826dc.org or 202-525-1056 to schedule your custom team building experience with the staff at 826DC.

Sponsor a Haiku

Feeling the winter blues? 826DC recommends a healthy dose of poetry to get you through it.

When you make a gift of $100 or more this January, we’ll commission a one-of-a-kind haiku as thanks for your generosity. By sponsoring a poem, you’ll be helping us provide individualized attention and critical writing support to students across the District. Not to mention any work by our students is guaranteed to brighten your day.

The poem below isn’t a haiku, but it is one of our favorites. Mostly because it really does make us want to dance.

Show your support for the voices of young writers by making a gift today on our website.

Let Your Mind Break Dance by Diamond Lewis

Shine bright
burn their eyes
Don’t be afraid
make yourself proud.

Open your wings fly
don’t capture your thoughts
let them play.

Be free.
Let your imagination shout
don’t stand by, stay on top
of the cloud.

Let the pen be your
key to all locked doors.
Let your mind break dance
on every single

The paper is the freedom
from all things
that enslave you.
Open your hands and let your words
take you.


January Community Partner of the Month: Nevin Martell

This month we express our deep gratitude for the support of Nevin Martell, a journalist and volunteer who’s recently come up with a way to raise money for 826DC that involves YOU eating sandwiches. That’s right. Read on and consider trying Nevin’s creation at G by Mike Isabella— $1 from every Hog Wild 2.0 hoagie sold this month supports our programs!

Can you briefly explain what Sandwich Madness is, and why you decided to dedicate your winnings to 826DC?
It’s a bracket-style competition between DC’s food journalists, who all designed a specialty hoagie with proceeds going to the winner’s favorite charity. After winning its first round in September, my Hog Wild 2.0 hoagie is on sale again until the end of January. I’m hoping it wins, so it can go on to the final round and, ultimately, take home the gold. I wanted 826DC to receive the funds I raised, because I believe good writing is a cornerstone to a successful life.

How did you first become involved with 826DC?
I was so excited when 826 opened a branch in D.C., because I love the idea of helping kids learn how to write. Since it opened, I’ve participated in a few workshops focused on cookbook writing. Whenever I’m in the area, I like to stop in regardless, because there’s always something at the gift shop that catches my eye.

What’s the most memorable experience you’ve had with our programs or students?
I spent time working with students at Capital City, who wrote personal essays to accompany a treasured family recipe, which were all collected together in a fantastic cookbook, A Spoonful of 2016. Their stories were deeply emotional and highly personal, so helping these kids refine them was a very moving experience. Honestly, I had to hide my tears on a couple of occasions.

Why do you think it’s important to support young writers in DC?
Learning how to write teaches you to organize your thoughts, codify your beliefs, explore your emotions, understand how the world works, and express yourself clearly. These skills are invaluable both personally and professionally.

What makes your hoagie creation the best sandwich in the competition?
The spit roasted pork is super savory, but it’s balanced by the acid in the cider braised bacon slaw and a hit of heat from the peppers. Plus, there’s a ladleful of cheese fondue involved. On a cold winter day, it’s the perfect lunchtime pick-me-up.

“Sandwich Madness” is hosted by G by Mike Isabellalocated at 2201 14th St NW. Keep up with the bracket here. Nevin’s sandwich will be available through January. If he wins this round, we’ll need all of your sandwich-eating support again for the final round in March.