826 wins Library of Congress 2013 American Prize for Literacy

“If you teach kids how to tell stories, they have a better chance at everything.”

- Sherman Alexie,

PEN/Faulkner award winning author and 826 volunteer

826 National

826 Valencia

  • 2009, Graphis Design Annual, AIGA Cause/Affect Award, and How International Design Award presented to 826 Valencia and Office, Inc. for their partnership in creating new pirate supply products.
  • 2007, 2008, Cesar Chavez Peace Award given to 826 Valencia's Programs Director Erin Archuleta for her work in the Everett Writers’ Room.
  • 2006, Business Arts Council’s award for “New and Emerging Cultural Organization.”
  • 2006, Mission Learning Center's Second Annual Wilma Espinoza Milagro Community Service Award presented to Dave Eggers and Nínive Calegari.
  • 2004, National Council of Teachers of English Literacy Award.
  • 2003, California’s Excellence in Education Award from Senator Barbara Boxer.
  • San Francisco Bay Guardian recognized 826 Valencia as: “Best Breeding Ground for Preteen Intellectuals”
  • San Francisco Magazine recognized 826 Valencia as: "Best Youth Writing Center"


  • 2006, Proclamation of Recognition from Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa given to 826LA.


  • 2007, Volunteer of the Year Award granted by the Brooklyn Public Library to 826NYC.

826 Boston

  • 2012, 826 Boston & Continuum won an Ad Club "Best in Print" award for publication of We Think You're Old Enough to Know.
  • 2011, 826 Boston volunteer Brandon Abbs won a Bank of America Local Hero award.
  • 2009, 2010, and 2011, The Boston Phoenix nominated 826 Boston for “best nonprofit."
  • 2008, The Boston Globe named 826 Boston the “best place to volunteer.”