I've been interning at 826 Boston since last September. I'm one of two design interns and I've had a great time creating flyers, worksheets, posters, and all sorts of documents for the center. I've really fallen in love with the center and am already planning on volunteering at the Seattle branch if/when I move back to the Pacific Northwest. My personal fund-raising goal is raising $250, which will pay for one entire class to spend a morning at 826 Boston, to learn about storytelling and bookmaking. I take part in these field trips every Friday and love it. The class works together to write a beginning and middle of a totally original story, and then each kid goes off by his or herself to write the ending. We have an illustrator design the cover as well as an illustration for the cliff-hanger, and then before the kids leave we've bound a book for each student, with their ending right in there! It's a great experience and I think it really encourages students to think that writing (and getting yourself published!) is completely doable.
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A donation to 826 Boston means the world to our youth writers:
$3,500 allows us to publish a book of stories such as We Think You’re Old Enough to Know, written by our after-school students.
$1,000 is enough for one student to attend a whole year of after-school tutoring.
$500 pays for one student to attend our science writing camp, Fiddler Crabs, Millipedes, Leeches & Sea Serpents, Oh Yeah!, in the summer.
$250 pays for an entire class to learn storytelling and bookmaking at a field trip to 826 Boston.
Located in Roxbury’s Egleston Square, 826 Boston is a nonprofit organization dedicated to teaching creative and expository writing to students ages 6-18, 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.
Since opening its doors in 2007, 826 Boston has provided one-on-one tutoring to over 5,000 Boston Public School students and published their writing in The New York Times, The Boston Globe, and in numerous original publications such as We Think You’re Old Enough to Know, a book of original coming-of-age stories by high school sophomores.
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