826 Boston recognizes that not every school has the space or funding capacity to host a Writers’ Room Program, so we’ve launched the In-School Program (ISP) to partner with more schools across the district.

 During the school year, the 826 Boston In-School Program provides:

  • 2 days/week of in-person programming through in-class support in partnership with teachers and their curriculum
  • capacity to serve 100% of the student population via classroom partnerships
  • depth of engagement through month-, quarter-, or semester-long partnerships with a teacher to support students on a key writing-based project
  • a consistent and dedicated team of 826 Boston staff and AmeriCorps service members on-site during programming days to provide individualized writing support
  • additional trained volunteer tutor support when needed and available
  • year-over-year student engagement as students move through their high school years
  • preferred access to 826 Boston city-wide writing workshops, author talks, publications, student leadership programs, and more

This year, 826 Boston is partnering with teachers for month-long, semester-long, or year-long projects at four Boston Public School locations: the Edward M. Kennedy Academy for Health Careers, the Margarita Muñiz Academy, New Mission High School, and the Rafael Hernández Dual Language K-8 School.

Each year, 826 Boston publishes collections of student writing through its Young Authors’ Book Projects. During a year-long literary experience, students read and study mentor texts, then draft, revise, and polish their own stories while working with 826 Boston tutors. A student editorial board edits, titles, and shapes the entire collection with the help of local publishing professionals and a professional designer.

We share these special collections through community celebrations, where students read excerpts of their work and sign books for their fans, and in 826 Boston’s whimsical storefront, the Greater Boston Bigfoot Research Institute.

My students came away from this project with 826 Boston with more confidence, a sense of accomplishment, and purpose.”

-Nora Tsoutsis, partner teacher from our book project, It’s Not the Stone That Brings You Strength.