826DC

826DC is a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting students ages 6-18 with their creative and expository writing skills, and to helping teachers inspire their students to write. Our services are structured around our understanding that great leaps in learning can happen with one-on-one attention and that strong writing skills are fundamental to future success. Formerly known as Capitol Letters Writing Center, 826DC was founded in fall 2008, and in late-2009, became affiliated with 826 National, the network of nonprofits founded by award-winning author Dave Eggers.
Jul 7, 2014

Project Report for "Help 3,000 DC Youth Find Their Voice - 07-07-14"

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Thanks to the donations provided through donors at GlobalGiving, 826DC is continuing to help children and youth in the District of Columbia improve their writing and reading skills, use their imagination, and find their voice. We hosted 80 field trips this school year, held 37 writing workshops, and provided drop-in tutoring and writing help to 66 children and youth. With the help of a dedicated group of interns and thousands of volunteers, we kept students engaged and excited through the end of the school year.

Our after-school tutoring program consistently held an average daily attendance of 35 to 40 students, many of whom attended four days per week. Our volunteers implemented individualized learning plans designed during the first part of the academic year, and successfully adjusted those plans as the students make progress. Reading All Stars, our Saturday one-on-one reading program at Tubman Elementary School, served 75 students who read with their tutors and received help with reading and writing skills. We hosted 65 Storytelling & Bookmaking field trips for more than 1400 students from 15 different schools (including Tubman ES, SEED PCS, Oyster-Adams Bilingual School, DC Bilingual PCS, Washington Yu-Ying PCS, and Center City PCS, and more). During our field trips, a class of students visits our center to write their a collaborative book in two hours with the aid of our talented volunteers. Each student wrote his or her own ending to the story and took home a copy of the finished product.

Our in-school sessions were also in high demand. This school year, we worked with Cesar Chavez Public Charter School (Parkside Campus) on essay writing skills, Woodrow Wilson HS on National Novel Writing Month, Capital City PCS on Food Writing, and more. The Capital City PCS food writing in-school resulted in a publication of recipes and corresponding food narratives. In addition, we wrapped up the sixth iteration of our flagship program, the Young Authors’ Book Project. We worked with a creative writing class at The SEED School of Washington on a poetry anthology titled, Everyone is Moving, No One in Place with a forward written by award-winning poet, Kyle Dargan. The book was released May 29th. All told, we served more than 3,300 children and youth during the 2013-14 school year.

Our summer programming will include more workshops to help combat summer learning loss for children across the District. We are continuing our aggressive fundraising strategy in the coming months, as well. We recently hired our first Director of Development to ensure the resources for our planned programmatic growth and to reach more children. 

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Apr 14, 2014

Project Report for 'Help 3,000 DC Youth Find Their Voice 04.11.14

GlobalGiving Project Report – Apr. 11, 2014

Thanks the donations provided through GlobalGiving, 826DC is continuing to work toward achieving the goals described in our project plan. We have hosted a number of field trips, held writing workshops, and provided drop-in tutoring and writing help. With the help of a dedicated group of interns and volunteers, we are working hard to keep students engaged and excited through the end of the school year.

Our after-school tutoring program consistently has an average daily attendance of 35 to 40 students, many of whom attend four days per week. Our volunteers are implementing individualized learning plans designed during the first part of the academic year, and are continuing to adjust those plans as the students make progress.

Reading All Stars, our Saturday one-on-one reading program at Tubman Elementary School, is currently serving 75 students. Each week, students read with their tutors and receive help with reading and writing skills.

We have hosted 65 Storytelling & Bookmaking field trips for more than 1400 students from 15 different schools (including Tubman ES, SEED PCS, Oyster-Adams Bilingual School, DC Bilingual PCS, Washington Yu-Ying PCS, and Center City PCS, and more ). During our field trips, a class of students comes to our center to write their own book together in two hours with the aid of our talented volunteers. Each student writes his or her own ending to the story and takes home a copy of the finished product.

Our in-school sessions have also been in high demand. This school year, we worked with the Cesar Chavez Public Charter School – Parkside Campus on essay writing skills, Woodrow Wilson HS on National Novel Writing Month, Capital City PCS on Food Writing, and more. 

In addition, we are wrapping up the sixth iteration of our flagship program, the Young Authors’ Book Project. We are working with a creative writing class at The SEED School of Washington on a poetry anthology titled, Everyone is Moving, No One in Place with a forward written by award-winning poet, Kyle Dargan. The book will be released May 29th.

In the coming months, we will continue our aggressive fundraising strategy. We have a number of fundraising events planned for the spring and are confident that we can continue to break fundraising records. 

Jan 13, 2014

GlobalGiving Project Report - January 10, 2014

Thanks to the donations provided through GlobalGiving, 826DC is continuing to work toward achieving the goals described in our project plan. We have hosted a number of field trips, held writing workshops, and provided drop-in tutoring and writing help. With the help of a dedicated group of interns and volunteers, we are working hard to keep students engaged and excited through the end of the school year.

Our after-school tutoring program consistently has an average daily attendance of 40 students, many of whom attend four days per week. Our volunteers are implementing individualized learning plans designed during the first part of the academic year, and are continuing to adjust those plans as the students make progress.

Reading All Stars, our Saturday one-on-one reading program at Tubman Elementary School, is currently serving 87 students. Each week, students read with their tutors and receive help with reading and writing skills.

We have hosted 17 Storytelling & Bookmaking field trips for  students from seven different schools (Tubman ES, SEED PCS, Oyster-Adams Bilingual School, DC Bilingual PCS, Washington Yu-Ying PCS, and Center City PCS). During our field trips, a class of students comes to our center to write their own book together in two hours with the aid of our talented volunteers. Each student writes his or her own ending to the story and takes home a copy of the finished product.

In addition, we are wrapping up the sixth iteration of our flagship program, the Young Authors’ Book Project. We are working with a creative writing class from SEED School of Washington, in Ward 7.  From October through January, we met with students for writing workshops each week. As we move into the spring semester, students are editing their work, and are transforming their pieces into a printed book. 

In the coming months, we will continue our aggressive fundraising strategy. We have a number of fundraising events planned for the spring and are confident that we can continue to break fundraising records. 

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