Dave Eggers on founding 826, the work of 826CHI, and illuminating youth voices

“(…) adults can and should provide forums where young voices are supported, in the form of tutoring, mentoring, editing, and coaching, and even amplified, in the form of publishing, public events, and opportunities to meet heroes like [Gwendolyn] Brooks. Whether or not kids so recognized become professional authors isn’t the point. The point is taking their voices seriously, and giving them a platform not just inside school walls but beyond them, too.

Our co-founder Dave Eggers wrote a beautiful piece recounting his experience of founding 826CHI, and how the Chicago chapter of our network went on to develop amazing programs and support thousands of students. Read in full here.