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You know that thing when you read or hear about someone doing some great, world-changing work somewhere in the world, and their story is so profound and so elegantly simple that the mere knowledge of its existence alters your life for the better?
That’s pretty much exactly how we feel about 826 National.
Over the last decade, 826 has changed the lives of students in cities all over the country. They do this is two ways: first, they create super kid-friendly spaces – pirate shops (which sell, you guessed it, pirate gear), superhero stores, and robot supply shops, which make kids and adults happy just by entering them. And secondly, right behind those shops they offer innovative tutoring, writing and publishing resources for students to help them improve their writing skills and get excited about writing.
Founded in 2002 by the acclaimed novelist and education advocate, Dave Eggers, 826 now has chapters in eight cities across the country. With the help of volunteers, the 826 centers provide drop-in tutoring, field trips, writing workshops and more. They also focus on publishing original works by students, from essays to full-length books. They have touched the lives of thousands of students, and also the volunteers who tutor them.
Find out more about 826’s awesome work at the video below, and learn how to become an 826 volunteer.