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December 3, 2013
In response to the growing need for additional, low-cost after-school activities for Boston's teens, 826 Boston's Executive Director Daniel Johnson published an opinion piece in The Boston Globe
"Educators in Boston are debating the merits of a longer school day, but their debate need not take place in the dark. Across the city, thousands of students participate every day in innovative after-school programs run by nonprofit organizations, often in partnership with the Boston Public Schools, offering everything from drama to debate and spoken word to urban gardening. The long wait lists for enrolling and objective impact studies attest that these programs can serve as models for extended learning on a citywide scale.
No student wants to tack on a daily dose of drilling and worksheets to the end of their school day. Rather, the most effective nonprofits offer exciting hands-on learning opportunities that do more than replicate hours in the classroom."
Read the entire article at The Globe.
December 2, 2013
We are now accepting internship applications for the Spring semester. The spring is a busy time for 826 Boston--we hold our volunteer fundraiser, the Write-A-Thon, in addition to our regular programming, from after-school tutoring to field trips.
If you're interested in applying for an internship at 826 Boston, please send an email to Guillermo, Volunteer Coordinator, with the following documents (in .doc or PDF format) attached: resume, cover letter, and list of three references (please include both phone numbers and email addresses).
Click here for more information on the four types of internships we offer.
Application Deadline: December 6th.
December 2, 2013
We couldn't be prouder! The Library of Congress recently awarded
826 National the prestigious 2013 Library of Congress American Literacy Prize for helping to alleviate illiteracy and aliteracy (a lack of interest in reading) in the United States.
Congratulations, everyone! All told, 826 youth writing centers--from Washington D.C. to San Francisco--will provide over 30,000 students with one-on-one writing and tutoring support this school year. Thanks to all our community partners for helping us make a difference!
November 8, 2013
On a sunny Saturday at the end of October, 66 aspiring college students arrived at Northeastern University in order to receive one-on-one support with their college application essays. More than 100 writing tutors from 826 Boston were on hand to help students brainstorm, draft, or edit their personal stories into application gold.
Nearly half of the students hadn't started an essay when they arrived, but almost everyone left with a first, second, or final draft. As one student put it, "I had no idea how to even start my college essay...now I have one, and I know how to write one."
Writing a college essay is no easy task. Add to this feat: many Boot Camp participants are the first in their families to apply to college or have parents who were born outside of the U.S. College Essay Boot Camp provides students like these an invaluable resource for increasing their access to higher education.
Not only is College Essay Boot Camp a great opportunity for high school participants, but it's also a unique volunteering experience. One tutor pointed out the high-stakes nature of College Essay Boot Camp: "I can't think of another time in life when 650 words can impact your future so dramatically. To be a part of that, to be able to help students set themselves up to succeed, was an incredible experience."
"Of all volunteer opportunities I've seen, the ratio between time committed and overall impact is perhaps the greatest at College Essay Boot Camp," added the tutor.
It's this concentrated dose of one-on-one attention that makes a remarkable difference in the lives of students. Mary Skipper, Network Superintendent for High Schools at BPS, notes the importance of an event like College Essay Boot Camp. "While our schools focus on aligning curriculum standards and increasing access to AP, dual enrollment, and other college-level coursework," said Skipper, "we are appreciative for the support from 826 Boston and Northeastern University with helping our students turn their stories into written masterpieces!"
October 29, 2013
Save your seat
for 826 Boston's annual Books for Breakfast fundraiser! This year, legendary sports writer and Boston Globe
columnist Bob Ryan
joins us as our featured speaker. Check back soon for an exclusive interview with him about his illustrious career in sports journalism, from writing for The Globe
to making appearances on ESPN!
: Celebrate the most important meal of the day with movers and shakers in the literary world!
: Tuesday, November 19th, 8 AM-9AM
: WilmerHale, 60 State St Boston, MA 02109
Get your tickets today!
For press inquiries, sponsorship opportunities, or other event details, e-mail Kristin Barrali
, 826 Boston's Development Director.
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