826CHI, Inc. NFP

826CHI is a non-profit creative writing, tutoring, and publishing center dedicated to amplifying the voices of Chicago youth.

aka 826CHI   |   Chicago, IL   |  www.826chi.org

Mission

826CHI is a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting students ages 6 to 18 with their creative and expository writing skills, and to helping teachers inspire their students to write. Our services are structured around the understanding that great leaps in learning can happen with one-on-one attention, and that strong writing skills are fundamental to future success. 826CHI is dedicated to amplifying the voices of Chicago youth. We encourage the exploration of endless possibility through the power of writing for students, for teachers, and for communities.

Ruling year info

2005

Executive Director

Kendra Curry-Khanna

Main address

1276 N. Milwaukee Avenue

Chicago, IL 60622 USA

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EIN

30-0248920

NTEE code info

Arts Education/Schools (A25)

Youth Centers, Clubs, (includes Boys/Girls Clubs)- Multipurpose (O20)

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

826CHI believes all Chicago youth should have equal access to high-quality writing and literary arts education. We promote educational equity by providing tuition-free writing and tutoring programs to youth ages 6 through 18 from low-income families, who are English language learners, or who attend under-resourced schools.

Our programs

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

After-School Tutoring & Writing

826CHI is packed four afternoons a week with students in 1st through 12th grade working on their homework and sharpening their creative writing skills. Volunteer tutors help students with any and all homework assignments and lead students in daily creative and expository writing activities. Student writing created during tutoring is published in small chapbooks throughout the year, and we regularly host student readings for parents, tutors, and families.

Population(s) Served

For three days a week, 826CHI invites teachers to bring
their students to our site for high-energy field trips
during the school day. Students let their imaginations run
wild as they pen original stories both individually and in
groups, igniting a spark of imagination and creativity that
teachers can build upon back in the classroom. Teachers
may choose from several field trip formats depending
on their interests and grade level. The most popular field
trip is Storytelling & Bookmaking, in which students
collaboratively write and illustrate an original story under
the aegis of Admiral Moody and his publishing team.

Population(s) Served

Every school year, 826CHI partners with teachers in local
high-need schools around the city to provide one-onone
assistance to students as they tackle various projects.
During the 2014–2015 school year, we dispatched teams
of volunteers to five Chicago public schools to help write
research papers, personal narratives, political manifestos,
and articles for school newspapers.

Population(s) Served

82CHI offers free workshops that provide in-depth
writing instruction in a variety of areas that schools
often cannot include in their curriculum, such as college
entrance essays, bookmaking, newspaper writing, comic
book making, playwriting, and songwriting.
All workshops in 2014-2015 were project-based and
instructed by 826CHI volunteers and staff. Connecting
Chicago students with these creative and generous
mentors allows students to dream and achieve on a
deeper scale.

Population(s) Served

Twice a month throughout the school year, a group of teens from all over the city meet at 826CHI to practice writing and explore their personal styles. Professional authors visit to lead workshops, share their experiences as writers, and introduce students to a variety of genres. Additionally, Teen Writers Studio participants complete twenty hours of service by volunteering at After-School Tutoring & Writing and by representing 826CHI at outreach events across Chicago.
Each spring, TWS students produce a chapbook, which they share and celebrate at a release party with friends, family, and 826CHI’s community. Purchase 2016-2017’s publication, I Just Like the Way it Sounds, at the Wicker Park Secret Agent Supply.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

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826CHI is a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting students ages 6 to 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.

We offer tuition-free individualized tutoring, creative writing workshops, and school field trips to over 3,000 Chicago students in over 100 schools each year. Each student leaves our space a published author. We distribute our students' publications in independent bookstores and public libraries throughout the city to amplify the voices of Chicago youth.

Financials

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Operations

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826CHI, Inc. NFP

Board of directors
as of 11/28/2018
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Sameer Gadkaree

Joyce Foundation


Board co-chair

Kathleen St. Louis Caliento

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Christine Quinn

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Alexia Elejalde-Ruiz

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Sameer Gadkaree

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Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? No
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? No
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No