826 New Orleans
826 New Orleans cultivates and supports the voices of young writers ages 6-18 through creative collaborations with schools and communities.
Young writers across the 826 Network have seen their words in print in The New York Times and The Atlantic, and online at NPR and Poets.org. Their stories have been turned into animations on Cartoon Network. They’ve grown into acclaimed authors, college graduates, and some even into employees of their local 826 chapter.
We believe that confidence in written language is fundamental to self-empowerment and future success.
We believe in providing young writers with space, time, support, and opportunities to publish their work.
We believe that writing is a great equalizer and can be a catalyst for social change.
We believe that creative writing encourages students to break down barriers and imagine the full range of what is possible.
We believe in facilitating and amplifying youth voices, particularly those most marginalized by current social conditions.
We believe that powerful youth become powerful adults.
We believe in the creation of safe, supportive spaces for black, brown, and queer youth.
We believe in collaborating with students, families and communities in developing learning environments inclusive of multiple ways of being and knowing.
We believe in cultivating a sense of possibility that allows for creativity, joy, humor, and weirdness.