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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Arts & Culture, Arts, Culture & Humanities, Children & Youth, Education, Youth Development

Mission: 826michigan services are structured around our belief that great leaps in learning can happen with one-on-one attention and that strong writing skills are fundamental to future success.

Programs: To provide students in need (ages 8-18) one-on-one support with homework assignments in all subjects, ultimately strengthening their academic skills, personal confidence, and social abilities. There were 178 students served.

to provide students in need (ages 6-18) with unique writing opportunities to supplement their schooling, provide literacy support, and develop a lifelong love of writing. There were 975 students served.

to support teachers and students with innovative literacy programs both at our site and at numerous locations community-wide: schools, public housing sites, libraries, and more. Further, to guide students' writing beyond the draft stage and into professionally developed publications with volunteer support for editing, design, and other aspects of publishing process. There were 2,076 students served.

Community Stories

2 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters


Rating: 5

826michigan is an amazing organization, powered by a tiny staff plus hundreds of volunteers (like me!). Volunteers and staff provide tutoring, work with teachers and students in classrooms, hold incredible workshops, publish students' writing in actual books, and basically do whatever it takes to help students shine through their writing...and all for free.

Every student has a voice that is uniquely theirs. 826 helps them express it and gives them confidence that their voice is important. It's wonderful to see how students respond to having their writing nurtured by the exceptional programming that 826 provides, and by the sincere and dedicated volunteers that make it happen.

Review from Guidestar

Client Served

Rating: 5

I'm a high school student in Ann Arbor, and over the years I've been to 826Michigan many times. 826 is a nonprofit organization that helps kids with their writing skills. It also offers opportunities to students attending college in or near Ann Arbor. 826Michigan offers all kids of programs, from drop-in tutoring after school to weekly workshops.
At drop-in tutoring, students from grades K-12 can get help on their homework assignments. Monday night drop-in sessions are one-hour long classes that do not require registration and allow students to write about a topic selected for that day's session.
Workshops vary with each new workshop schedule, but I have attended classes involving poetry, playwriting, fiction writing, character development, and publication procedures. Each class was taught by a volunteer who freely gave their time to 826.
Because 826 is a nonprofit, it hosts many fundraisers to help support its free student programs. Some of these fundraisers have included the 24-Hour Theater, a theatrical production completed in one 24-hour session; releases of the Omnibus, a publication of student work; and more recently, Five Bowls of Oatmeal, which featured plays written by students and performed by professional actors.
Overall, everything involving 826 has been a good experience for me. Their robot storefront, Liberty Street Robot Supply and Repair, offers a variety of funny and ingenious products, and all proceeds support the free student workshops. Everyone at 826 friendly, and new people are always coming into the organization with new ideas. This organization is wonderful, and definitely helps kids develop their writing skills.

Review from Guidestar