Thursday, August 25, 2005

826 Seattle

How Cool is This!

826 Seattle is an exciting new nonprofit organization, located in the groovy Greenwood neighborhood of North Seattle, dedicated to supporting young writers, ages 8 to 18, by offering free drop-in tutoring, mentoring, and workshops.

As a chapter of 826 National, founded by acclaimed author Dave Eggers (A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius), 826 Seattle will provide youth writing programs, modeled after the highly successful 826 Valencia in San Francisco (which serves 3,000 Bay Area youth), all free of charge.

To learn more about 826 Seattle and how you can support the organization, please visit the following sites:

826 Seattle

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If you are interested in volunteering for one of the opportunities listed below, please complete our online Volunteer Application:

Homework Tutors: Our after-school tutoring program invites students of all ages to bring their school work for one-to-one help from a trained volunteer.

Mentors: We match a professional writer to any student who aspires to become a writer and would like a mentor on a one-to-one basis.

Workshop Instructors: We invite local authors and writing teachers to share their expertise in evening and weekend workshops on different writing-related topics.

Other Opportunities: Legal services, graphic design, administrative and computer/technical support, event planning support, and renovation skills (construction, painting, mechanical, electrical, and so on)

If you have any questions about volunteer opportunities, call us at (206) 725-2625 or send an email to volunteer@826seattle.org.

5 comments:

A. J. Patrick Liszkiewicz said...

That's freaking awesome! Any near Buffalo?

Charles said...

What kind of store do they have out front?

Peter said...

Charles: it's in an old storefront building, and just getting set up still. My friend Jared Leising, who teaches at Cascadia CC, is part of it.

But if they had a store, I think it'd be cool to have an organic cafe/coffee shop, along with used records and CDs (or does that say just how old I really am?).

Jared said...

The "store" is going to be a Space Traveler Supply store, somewhat like they have at other 826s: Valencia (Pirate Supply Store), NYC (Superhero Supply Store).

You travel through the small store into the writing center, which will take up most of the space.

Peter said...

Jared: thanks. Sounds like a trip.