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Young people are just the smartest and weirdest people I know. They’re so creative at this age, and it’s the same time the world is starting to tell them it’s not OK to be weird. When we come in and tell them to be creative you see them light up with a nonstop stream of awesome ideas.

Bryce, Volunteer

SPY OF THE MONTH

Every month we honor an 826CHI volunteer who has gone above the beyond and beyond the above in their dedication to our organization. Read about this month’s Spy of the Month below.

January's Spy

Agent Name

Agent Kraken

Real Name

Debra Aly

RELEASE THE KRAKEN: This secret agent's alter ego, Agent Kraken, specializes in imagination and lives deep undercover.

READER: Agent Kraken is an avid reader, and her current favorites are The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern and All In The Timing by David Ives.

(SECRET) RADIO: When Agent Kraken isn't undercover, she's creating video games about secret radio stations inside food trucks.

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WRITER OF THE MONTH

We have so many talented and enthusiastic writers every day at 826CHI and every month we highlight just one from any of our programs. Read about the current Writer of the Month below.

January's Writer

Agent Name

Kinzie Girl

Real Name

Alondra

TO BE CREATIVE: This writer's advice to other writers out there.

TIME WITH FAMILY: One thing Kinzie Girl loves most is the time she spends with her family.

TEACHING: When this young author grows up, she wants to be a teacher of second grade students.

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Recent Writers of the Month

ALLIANCE SPOTLIGHT

Alliances are essential to any secret agent’s success. That’s why we honor people and organizations as allies we can trust to make a gift, offer pro-bono services, or otherwise support our students. Read about a current alliance below.

Alliance Spotlight

Ace Hotel Chicago

Ace Hotel Chicago lives in a stoic, industrial building in the West Loop, once home to an Italian-American cheesemaking company. A monument to the city itself, Ace Chicago is honored to throw down roots in the Most Forward-Thinking City there is and to work alongside organizations who have long championed their communities.

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PARTNER SPOTLIGHT

Partnerships are central to our mission and 826CHI proudly collaborates with organizations serving youth across Chicago. Learn about the impact of a partner for which we are especially grateful.

Partner Spotlight

East Village Youth Program

East Village Youth Program (EVYP) prepares Chicago youth to become first-generation college graduates. Through comprehensive programming including academic advancement, risk prevention, socio-emotional skills development, financial literacy and outreach, EVYP provides students with the tools they need to become successful young adults.

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