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826 National

Volunteers are the heart and soul of 826

The 826 National network offers a variety of writing and tutoring programs that provide under-resourced students, ages 6 to 18, with opportunities to explore their creativity and improve their writing skills. Our work is made possible by the generous time and talents of more than 6,000 active community volunteers.

Each day, these passionate individuals are found at one of our seven writing and tutoring centers, and in neighboring schools, providing high-quality, free learning opportunities to our students. Volunteers support morning field trips, sit side-by-side with our students after school, and help entire classrooms learn the art of writing. They come from all walks of life—teachers, lawyers, artists, doctors, chefs, and more—serving as positive, inspirational role models for our students.

Watch the video below to learn more about the 826 experience:

While each 826 chapter has programs that are unique to its respective community needs, there are several core programs and volunteer opportunities offered at all 826 centers. Learn more about each below:

After-School Tutoring 
Inspire learning and foster creativity in our After-School Tutoring program by providing students with free, individualized homework help across all subjects.

Field Trips 
Work with a team of volunteers to support an entire class of students as they collaboratively write and illustrate an original story in just two hours. By the end of each field trip, students become accomplished authors—leaving with their newly published work in hand.

In-School Programs 
Help teachers inspire their students to write during one of our many in-school programs, which provide students with individualized support on writing projects, including articles for the school newspaper, oral histories, college entrance essays, and more.

Encourage students to explore their creativity and strengthen their writing skills through 826’s imaginative, project-based workshops program.

Beyond mentorship and academic support, volunteer opportunities are wide-ranging. From event planning, to copy editing, to organizing school supplies, your time is always appreciated at 826.


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