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Our Mission: 826 Seattle is a nonprofit writing and tutoring center dedicated to helping youth, ages 6 to 18, improve their creative and expository writing skills, and to helping teachers inspire their students to write. At 826 Seattle, we believe significant learning happens with individual attention and that strong writing skills are essential for future success.
Our Executive Director, Teri Hein, was invited to be a part of TedXRainier 2013 to speak about her work, creativity and learning. Take a look at her talk in this post on The Latest.
The new edition of our annual anthology, What to Read in the Rain, is full of stories, poems, and essays from well-known authors and authors-to-be. Order your very own copy from the Greenwood Space Travel Supply Store and get to reading; the rains are coming!
If you have an eye for design, a heart for teaching, or a mind for publishing, we would like to remind you that the application process for our spring and summer internships are now open. For our summer internships, we are looking for independet workers who can commit to 10-15 hours per week from June 30th-August 1st. Interested? Click here for more info.
Thanks to everyone who was a part of People Eating and Giving this year. It was a fantastic fundraising gala, and we couldn't have done it without Carrie Brownstein, Tom Robbins and the real stars, our students. Love what we do but didn't get a chance to attend PEG? You can still donate here.
Interested in volunteering at a vibrant, community-based organization? We rely on thousands of hours of volunteer time every year – tutoring, building things, making phone calls and, of course, selling space travel supplies. You name a skill you can offer, we'll say, "Let's chat." Sign up today.
Mark your calendars! Dance Your Cash Off 2014 is heading our way and we're doing it bigger, better, and with more b-b-bounce than ever. Assemble your dance teams, ready your costumes, prepare your liver! 826 Seattle is officially bringin' the funk on June 19, 2014 from 6pm - 11pm at Washington Hall. Registration and fundraising begins May 1st. We can't wait to get this party started. Stay tuned!
After-school tutoring, homework help and writing enrichment clubs are available throughout the school year.//details
Our workshops inspire imaginations and teach fundamentals, appealing to reluctant writers and aspiring authors.//details
We invite teachers to bring their classrooms to our writing lab to experience theatrical, fun, and collaborative writing.//details
Trained volunteers head to classrooms around King County to support teachers in their writing curricula.//details
With the help of excellent teachers and gifted book-making professionals, we publish select student work.//details
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Dear 826 Seattle Pals, We are big fans of hands-on learning so, a few weeks ago, when second grader Nebeyat had a report due on rabbits, we asked a guest "speaker" Carrot the Bunny, to come visit. Luckily Carrot is perhaps the most relaxed pet on the planet, and responded with ease to being held...//more
The City of Seattle funded the purchase of nine new computers, an iPad, and a wireless microphone for our programs. Due to this generous grant students are penning poems and recording songs. Click here to read more about our boost from the city's Community Technology Programs. //more
We invite you to enjoy Dave Eggers and Maria Semple in conversation at Town Hall on Wednesday, April 23rd. The duo will chat, laugh, and entertain for the evening. A book signing will follow the event. Tickets are $20, doors open at 6pm, and all proceeds benefit 826 Seattle. See you there! //more
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Sometimes talented, smart, funny volunteers end up spending several years with us (If we’re really lucky). Enter: Shoshanna Love. This gal represents so much of what is good in the 826 Seattle Volunteer World.
Shoshanna’s volunteer application is dated October 2006 – this places her solidly in her 8th year of volunteering with us. When she is not at 826 Seattle, she might be volunteering at Rain City Rock Camp for Girls or teaching her cat tricks. (For those wondering, her cat can jump through a hoop, touch noses and high five.)
Her favorite 826 Seattle anecdote? “One time a student raised his hand during a field trip and said he had found a tooth. We asked if anyone had lost a tooth and multiple students raised their hands. We tried to narrow it down by reframing the question as, "Did anyone lose a tooth in the last hour?" but strangely there were still several claimants. We never figured out the legitimate owner of the tooth.”