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Highlights from a busy summer at 826 Boston

September 18, 2023

With the 2023-2024 school year starting and 826 Boston about to kick off its programs (including Writers’ Rooms, In-School programs, and After-School Tutoring), we wanted to share what our team has been up to this summer—and what we’re about to begin this fall!

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College Essay & Writing Workshops

Every year, 826 Boston provides individualized writing support to students as they write college essays that reflect their unique experiences, aspirations, and voices. Our team and a dedicated group of volunteers—in collaboration with John Hancock’s MLK Scholars program, Federal Reserve Bank of Boston’s Todays Interns, Tomorrow’s Professionals internship program, and EdVestors’ Bloomberg Arts Internship program— met with more than 70 high school summer interns for many weeks to brainstorm, outline, draft, and finalize their college essays.

The work continues this fall. Our Writers’ Room and In-School teams will be leading college essay workshops in their high school communities in the coming week—and on October 28, we’re hosting an all-day College Essay Boot Camp for Boston students. We will then publish a collection of these essays to share with our community to celebrate and honor these important voices and stories.

Interested in supporting this critical College Essay programming? Make a gift today!

Eight 826 Boston Youth Literary Advisory Board members hold books up and pose.

Youth Literary Advisory Board

The summer began with the release of Coming Up For Air: Reflections from the Teenage Mind, the latest book from the Youth Literary Advisory Board (YLAB). Purchase your copy of this powerful anthology of essays, poetry, and artwork—written by students throughout Boston—here. And don’t miss the amazing photos from the YLAB book release party!

Right now, we’re busy recruiting the new YLAB cohort. Are you a Boston student who wants to make an impact in your community? Apply to join the 2023-2024 YLAB cohort! This is a paid position for students between the ages of 14 and 19. This coming year, YLAB members will work on pieces for the Young Authors’ Book Project, collaborate with White Snake Projects, and work with the Boston Athenaeum on community events. Learn more and apply today!

The entire 826 Boston team poses in front of the tutoring center.

Welcome our new team members!

The summer was also filled with lots of new faces and stories, as we welcomed new members to our team, including Executive Director Corey Yarbrough and the 2023-2024 cohort of AmeriCorps service members. Check out their bios and join us in extending a warm welcome to all of them.

A student wearing a mask and a backpack sits at a desk and writes during the 826 Boston After-School Tutoring program.

After-School Writing & Tutoring

The Out-of-School Time team has been busy this summer making preparations for the upcoming school year (among many other things), and they’re excited to welcome back students for After-School Writing & Tutoring on September 25.

Interested in signing up for evening tutoring (which begins October 2)? Boston students, grades 6-12, in need of free homework help in subjects such as English, physics, chemistry, biology, algebra, history, test preparation, can sign up today.

Evening tutoring sessions are offered on Mondays and Wednesdays from 6:30 to 8:00 PM. To register, email Out-of-School Time Program Coordinator Aminah Ambush or call (617) 442-5400. You can also visit the tutoring center, located at 3035 Washington St., Roxbury, MA.




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