Educational Institutions

826 Michigan

  • Ann Arbor, MI
  • www.826michigan.org

Mission Statement

826michigan inspires school-aged students to write confidently and skillfully with the help of adult volunteers in their communities.

Our writing and tutoring programs uphold a culture of creativity and imagination and support students in establishing strong habits of mind. Through publication and community engagement, we provide students with an authentic and enthusiastic audience for their writing.

Our programs provide an energizing creative outlet for students and meaningful volunteer opportunities for community members. We believe that with one-on-one attention from caring adults, students improve their academic performance, develop a sense of belonging, and discover the unique value of their voices.

With this understanding in mind, we provide drop-in tutoring, field trips, after-school workshops, in-schools tutoring, help for English language learners, and assistance with student publications.

Main Programs

  1. Tutoring and Writing Programs
Service Areas

Self-reported

Michigan

We serve students through SE Michigan. Our students primarily come from Washtenaw & Wayne Counties.

ruling year

2005

Executive Director

Self-reported

Ms Amanda Uhle

Keywords

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826michigan, writing, youth, reading, literacy, creative, publishing, tutoring

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EIN

20-1963960

 Number

0471895328

Also Known As

826michigan

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Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Education N.E.C. (B99)

Other Art, Culture, Humanities Organizations/Services N.E.C. (A99)

Other Youth Development N.E.C. (O99)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Overview

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In just
five years, 826michigan has made a lasting impact in its community. We have developed a full roster of
programs and services that have reached huge numbers of students. Last year alone, 826michigan volunteers
served 1,545 students of all backgrounds during more than 20,000 hours of
contact time.

Because our programs aim to assist students with creative and expository writing skills, we assess progress in terms of students' commitment to academics, enthusiasm for writing, and other factors. Our results are exciting   Last year's survey results showed:

75% of parents felt that their child's grades had improved with tutoring from 826michigan;

90% of students said tutoring at 826 has helped them do better in school;

86% of students feel that their writing skills have improved since coming to 826; and

73% of teachers reported that 826michigan's volunteers made a dramatic difference for students.

Programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

Tutoring and Writing Programs

826michigan serves students in public school classrooms, libraries, community centers, and our colorful, inviting writing lab in downtown Ann Arbor. We are committed to designing creative writing programs that are accessible to students of all backgrounds and that reflect our signature brand of high-quality, engaging literacy education. Although open to everyone, our programs are specifically targeted toward public school students, low-income students, and students with special needs. We offer the following services, all for free:

After-school Drop-in Tutoring: 826michigan offers free homework help every weekday at our downtown Ann Arbor site behind the Liberty Street Robot Supply & Repair, at beezy’s cafe in downtown Ypsilanti, and soon in our Detroit Robot Factory in Detroit's Eastern Market.

Field Trips: 826michigan regularly welcomes a public school classroom to our center to experience a high-energy field trip during which they write and bind their own books.

In-school Projects: Volunteers are organized on a continual basis to assist public school teachers and students right where they need it most—in their classrooms. Volunteers lower the adult-to-student ratio in under-resourced environments, providing valuable extra eyes and ears as well as individualized attention for struggling students.

Workshops: 826michigan offers free workshops that provide in-depth instruction in a variety of areas often excluded from traditional school curricula, from the silly to the serious.

Professional-grade Publishing Opportunities: Our publishing program is designed to help students experience, appreciate, practice, and recognize great writing. Our publications are written by students and professionally designed and bound, resulting in a polished product that honors students’ writing. To keep up with the incredible stories being produced constantly in all of our programs, we maintain a robust publishing schedule that includes two major professionally-bound publications, dozens of informal chapbooks, and quarterly issues of two digital journals each year.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Children Only (5 - 14 years)

Youth/Adolescents only (14 - 19 years)

Budget

$832,500

Service Areas

Self-reported

Michigan

We serve students through SE Michigan. Our students primarily come from Washtenaw & Wayne Counties.

Funding Needs

826michigan was founded on the principle that everyone deserves the opportunity to become a better writer and build a better future. We are proud to offer our student programs, events, and activities completely free of charge. 826michigan is funded by charitable grants, revenue from the Liberty Street Robot Supply & Repair Shop, and contributions, both big and small, from our friends and neighbors in the community. Additionally, our corps of amazing volunteers, who do everything from writing lesson plans and tutoring to staffing our store and binding student-written books, make our programs possible. Last year our volunteers gave 23,363 hours of their time to serve our students and mission. 1) So that we may continue to provide writing and tutoring programs free to students, families, teachers, and schools, our greatest funding need is program support in Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti in Washtenaw County, and in Detroit. This includes supporting the people who make it happen--our professional staff and dedicated volunteer corps--with professional development, appropriate compensation, and growth opportunities to make an even bigger difference in our communities. 2) Our Detroit expansion is a 3-year, $1,550,000 initiative to open our second center--the Detroit Robot Factory--and expand to full programming. This initiative includes capital renovations in our Eastern Market location; adding key staff to develop and implement programs; and community outreach through our publishing and volunteer programs. 3) We take our students' writing seriously, and we have a great deal of fun doing it. Through publication and community engagement, we provide students with an authentic and enthusiastic audience for their writing. Each year 826michigan publishes dozens of professionally designed chapbooks of student writing. The OMNIBUS showcases the best writing from across all our programs and communities each year. Our Young Authors Book Project works year-long with a classroom to write and produce a professionally-designed and published book.

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826 MICHIGAN INC
Fiscal year: Jul 01-Jun 30
Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant.

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826 Michigan

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Executive Director

Ms Amanda Uhle

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Joe Malcoun

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