What's New at 826 National

Wednesday, June 4, 2014


Left Foot looks like a foot with fungus, has dark brown eyes, short spiky hair, and smells like feet. There is a superhero who is first, a cat, second, named Bartleby, and third, is the defender of his cat town from giant, mutant mice. And the Intergalactic Alliance to Rid the Universe of Mean Folks has landed in Chicago, led by a mother son alien duo named Massachusetts and Michigan.

Welcome to the Serial Storytelling Project! After a long journey across the country, the twelve Moleskine notebooks have made it to our 826 National office. These eight-paged notebooks were donated to 826CHI and sent around to each 826 chapter. Over the course of the spring, eight young authors from eight separate cities wrote one page of each of these stories, culminating in a dozen whimsical, wacky, and wonderful pieces of imagination. Check out the stories here!

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Gerald Gives a TEDx Talk

Last month our CEO, Gerald Richards, gave a TEDx talk at the TEDx Constitution Drive conference in Menlo Park. His speech was titled "There is No Box" and he speaks to the importance and empowerment of creativity in today's world. We want to thank the people at TEDx Events for inviting Gerald to give his inspirational speech to a room full of bright, innovative people. You can view the video here:

Friday, February 21, 2014

Hey East Coasters, Ditch the Cold Snap and come warm up with these 826 chapters!

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There is still time to join artists such as Ken Burns and Fred Armisen to celebrate 826NYC’s 10th Anniversary Chat Spectacular. On March 5th, 826NYC’s mission of providing students with one-on-one mentorship will be turned on its head as guest speakers, which also include John Oliver and Ahmir “?uestlove” Thompson, engage in conversation with each other and the audience. Get your tickets before they are gone!

Are you always beating your friends at ping pong? Are you always losing to your friends at ping pong? If you answered “yes” to either of these questions, then 826DC’s Paddlestar Galactica is the event for you! There will be a kickoff event on March 3rd to show off your ping pong skills and enjoy some pizza. From there, you will be able to practice every Monday in March until the main event on Sunday, March 30th. Along with practicing, participants will have the entire month of March to raise funds for 826DC. Participants can use these funds to “purchase” cheats, putting them at an advantage no matter their skill level. More details can be found here.

Ah, May -- school is almost out, the weather is warm, and 826 Boston is holding their fourth annual Night of 1,000 Stories! On May 21st, join 826 Boston, poet Richard Blanco, and 826 Boston’s student authors in helping to tell 1,000 stories in a single night. All proceeds support 826 Boston’s free writing programs for Boston Public School students. You don’t want to miss out on this night of wordsmithery and wine: click here for more details.

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Bigfoot, Superheroes and Mermaid Bait

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Last week, 826 National and The Wallace Foundation co-hosted a discussion event at our 826NYC writing center, focused on the topics of arts programs, out of school time, and teen and tween engagement strategies. Joshua Mandelbaum, 826NYC's Executive Director, moderated this discussion with Gerald Richards, 826 National's CEO; Nina Sonenberg, The Wallace Foundation's Communications Officer; and Peter Rogovin, co-author of the recently-published "Something to Say: Success Principles for Afterschool Arts Programs from Urban Youth and Other Experts." This event was a continuation of the conversation started by the Wallace Foundation, which cites 826 National as one of eight exemplary national arts organizations in this important report. We were glad to host a distinguished group of educators, nonprofit leaders, and concerned members of the community for a conversation about what works best in after-school arts programming. As part of the report, The Wallace Foundation created an outstanding video profile about 826 National's After School Tutoring program, which we encourage you to view here.

Friday, January 10, 2014

We Have a New 826 National Video!

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The creative minds at the production company, Wondros, filmed this beautiful, short new video for us. We wanted a video that would get to the heart of what the 826 network does and the transformative effect our programs have on our students. Whether you're new to us, or you've been a part of our family since the beginning, we think you'll appreciate the whimsy, cleverness, and creativity of this video. We hope you enjoy!

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

The Video Project at 826CHI: "The Noise Felt Human" Comes off the Page.


Last month, the agents at 826CHI rounded up some notable Chicagoans and recorded their readings of select pieces from their 2012 publication "The Noise Felt Human." The book features stories written by the oldest students served by 826CHI, who grapple with trials and tribulations of teenage life as they respond to prompts such as "Who are you?" and "What has been the most powerful experience in your life?" The stories in "The Noise Felt Human," which can be purchased here, are so moving, powerful, and inspiring that the agents at 826CHI defied their stealth instincts, sharing these with a broad audience of readers and viewers. Videos of book readings can be seen here.

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