A news blog for Seattle's Phinney Ridge and Greenwood neighborhoods


‘Dance Your Cash Off’ to raise money for Bureau of Fearless Ideas literacy programs in Greenwood

May 13th, 2015 by Doree

The Greater Seattle Bureau of Fearless Ideas (formerly 826 Seattle) is hosting its annual Dance Your Cash Off fundraiser for its literacy and tutoring programs at 8414 Greenwood Ave. N.

The event is from 5:30-11 p.m. on Friday, June 12, at Hale’s Ales Palladium in Fremont, with music by North City Rockers and DJs R-Pal and Lady Jane.

All participants who need a ride home after the fundraising event can get a free ride with Lyft (new Lyft users only).
There are prizes for the team and individual who raise the most money. And the first person or team to raise $1,000 will have that matched by an anonymous BFI board member.

All proceeds from the event help keep Bureau of Fearless Ideas programs free for all students.

Register for DYCO here.

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826 Seattle expanding programs, changing name to The Greater Seattle Bureau of Fearless Ideas

November 12th, 2014 by Doree

The nonprofit creative writing and tutoring center 826 Seattle is breaking off from the national 826 organization founded by author Dave Eggers and fearlessly charting a new course with a new name.

The Greater Seattle Bureau of Fearless Ideas will greatly expand its mission and programs, but headquarters remains behind the Greenwood Space Travel Supply Co. at 8414 Greenwood Ave. N.

826 Seattle has worked with more than 20,000 children during the last 10 years. The plan for the new Bureau is to open new locations through the city and hopefully beyond, beginning with White Center, to reach thousands more children between the ages of 6 and 18. All programs are free; the organization is supported solely by donations.

“Seattle is an amazing place. We are proud of the work we do here, helping all kinds of kids develop into confident future leaders through the power of expressing and sharing their own ideas and stories. People who can share their own stories and listen to others are not only more effective in their academic and work lives but are also kinder and more understanding people. Our work is to create the next generation of skilled, empathetic leaders,” said Teri Hein, Executive Director of Fearless Ideas and founder of 826 Seattle. “We have huge goals and if the past ten years are any indication, every reason to believe we can reach them. We want to grow deeper roots into our neighborhood of Greenwood, expand into new neighborhoods, create more opportunities to broadcast our students’ work throughout the region and, together with our whole extended team, serve the greater Seattle area while we are making Seattle greater.”

“I know of no organization, academic or otherwise, that is as effective at showing kids that writing brilliant sentences can be nearly as adventurous as walking on the moon,” said iconic Northwest author and long-time board member Tom Robbins.

The Greater Seattle Bureau of Fearless Ideas is a corps of youth and adults, staff and volunteers, families and local citizens who believe that the power of words, well-written and well-spoken, can open doors to important opportunities. Our tutoring, writing, and publishing programs prepare young people, ages 6 to 18, for a successful future by developing strong writing skills, championing diverse communication styles, and motivating young people to share their stories. Programs at each Fearless Ideas center reach into the surrounding neighborhood to involve adults and businesses in helping youth become engaged citizens and confident leaders. All programs are free and open to families from any socio-economic background.

Click here for a PDF of their four-page FAQs about the change. And The Stranger has a great story detailing the change.

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Volunteer tutors needed for Daniel Bagley Elementary

August 29th, 2014 by Doree

Invest in Youth, a nonprofit that provides free tutoring at six Seattle elementary schools, is looking for volunteer tutors for Daniel Bagley Elementary School by Green Lake. Bagley’s attendance area includes portions of Greenwood and Phinney Ridge.

Our program is unique in that we don’t charge families or schools to provide our quality tutoring services. We are able to do this because of the support of our volunteers who commit to tutoring a 3rd through 5th grade student once a week.

Each tutor is matched with the same student for the whole school year and works on things like playing math games, reading stories or working on homework, for just one hour every week. Educational materials and activities, training and support, and heartfelt appreciation are provided at every session.

The impact of Invest in Youth’s tutoring program is dramatic:

• 100% of classroom teachers agreed during the 2013-2014 school year that Invest in Youth was a valuable resource for their students.

• Students made an average gain of 19% in math and 13.5% in reading as measured by Invest in Youth’s pre and post-assessment.

• Tutors felt that the lasting bond they form with their student is the most meaningful element of the program.

With at least 85% of students enrolled in Invest in Youth being eligible for free or reduced-price lunch, it is likely that these students would not be able to receive one-on-one tutoring each week for the whole school year by a reliable adult if it wasn’t for our committed volunteers. We are looking for volunteer tutors to join us this fall in our mission to enhance the academic abilities, self-confidence and life prospects of Seattle students. Please sign up today!

For more information or to apply to be a tutor, please visit our website: www.investinyouth.org. Can’t commit to the full school year? We have substitutes to fill in for you when necessary, so don’t let busy schedules dissuade you from participating – or “share” a student and the commitment by signing up with a friend!

Tutoring begins the first week of October and runs through May. Tutoring sessions are from 3:50-4:50 p.m. every Wednesday at Bagley, 7821 Stone Ave. N.

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826 Seattle publishes fourth edition of ‘What to Read in the Rain’, buy tickets for annual fundraiser with guest Carrie Brownstein

February 18th, 2014 by Doree

826 Seattle’s newest edition of its fourth annual anthology “What to Read in the Rain” features literary great Tom Robbins, journalist Susan Orlean, and novelist and musician Myla Goldberg. In addition to the adult writers, 22 youth writers are featured in this year’s edition of stories, essays and poetry.

Books are distributed to Seattle hotels, which place one in each guest room. Guests can read them and leave them, or they can purchase them. Hotels receive a portion of the proceeds, with the bulk going back into 826 Seattle’s free youth literary programs.

The 2014 edition is available at Renaissance Seattle, Cedarbrook Lodge, Grand Hyatt, Washington Athletic Club, Alexis and Olive Eight (although more hotels may be added). You can also purchase a copy at Greenwood Space Travel Supply Co. (the front and fundraising arm for 826 Seattle), at 8414 Greenwood Ave. N. or online.

If you’re looking for another way to support 826 Seattle, their annual fundraiser “People Eating and Giving” is set for March 7 at the Triple Door. Tickets are $150 and include dinner and wine. Special guests include board member Tom Robbins, reading from his upcoming memoir “Tibetan Peach Pie,” and “Portlandia” star Carrie Brownstein. Tickets are available online.

And a heads up that 826 Seattle’s annual Pluto Day has been renamed Dwarf Planet Pride Day, in honor of all the littlest planets. A special parade around the main intersection of Greenwood Avenue North and North 85th Street starts at 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 15th.

For the past eight years, we’ve protested Pluto’s demotion from “planet” to “dwarf planet.” Despite our rallying cries, the IAU (International Astronomical Union) has remained staunchly unmoved.

 This year, we’ve decided to embrace Pluto’s status and celebrate all the dwarf planets. The Dwarf Planet Pride Parade departs the Greenwood Space Travel Supply Co. at 2pm, with festivities to follow.


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826 Seattle publishes third edition of ‘What to Read in the Rain’

November 29th, 2012 by Doree

Greenwood’s nonprofit writing and tutoring center 826 Seattle has published the third edition of its popular “What to Read in the Rain.”

The 2013 edition will officially launch on Saturday, Dec. 8, with a free party from 1-3 p.m. at 8414 Greenwood Ave. N at 1 p.m.

What to Read in the Rain can be found at bedsides in hotels across the city, where rain-delayed travelers can read poetry and fiction written by students from 826 Seattle and beloved professional authors. Highlights include Yonase Geleta’s “How to Sleep with a Triceratops in Your Room”, Chelsea Cain’s “For Your Safety” (which provides tips for surviving the dangers of Pacific Northwest travel), and Tom Robbins’ “Advice To Aspiring Writers.” It is also available from the Greenwood Space Travel Supply Company.

826 Seattle, housed within the whimsical Greenwood Space Travel Supply Company, is a nonprofit writing and tutoring center dedicated to helping youth ages six to 18. With over 400 active volunteers, 826 Seattle is committed to helping young people acquire the skills they need to write well throughout their lives. 826 Seattle helps more than 2,000 students every year and has served over 13,000 students since it opened in 2005.

The What to Read in the Rain celebration will feature Northwest-inspired snacks and readings from Chelsea Cain, Peter Mountford, Jared Leising and 826 Seattle students. It runs 1-3 pm and is a free event.

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826 Seattle offering free help for students writing college entrance essays

October 17th, 2012 by Doree

Greenwood’s non-profit writing and tutoring center 826 Seattle is offering free help for juniors and seniors writing college entrance essays. Mentors will be available at a College Entrance Essay Marathon from 12-5 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 11, at 826 Seattle/Greenwood Space Travel Supply Co., 8414 Greenwood Ave. N.

Students can register on the website, but drop-ins are also welcome. Bring finished essays that need editing, or initial ideas for an essay. Bring a laptop if you have one; or bring your essay/ideas on a flash drive or piece of paper.

Another session will be from 1-5 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 4, at the Beacon Hill Library, 2821 Beacon Ave. S.

If students need to do any follow-up work on their essays, or SAT prep, they can attend 826 Seattle’s free High School Tutoring program, from 6-8 p.m. Monday through Thursday. Register for that program online, or at the College Entrance Essay Marathon.

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826 Seattle receives NEA art grant

April 30th, 2012 by Doree

Writing and tutoring center 826 Seattle is one of 788 non-profits around the country to receive a National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) grant.

826 Seattle will use the $36,000 grant to support its “Creating a Community of Young Authors” project. The NEA is giving a total of $24.81 million in art grants.

From the press release:

Research clearly shows that writing skills are imperative to success in our knowledge-based economy and that the world needs critical and creative thinkers to tackle the complex challenges we face as a planet. While schools focus their limited resources on math, science and reading, the task of engaging children to think creatively falls increasingly on the shoulders of organizations like 826 Seattle.”

“We believe that 826 Seattle’s Community of Young Authors project is an essential investment in the lives of our young people, and our community,” said 826 Seattle founder Teri Hein. “We’re proud of our efforts and of the young people, volunteers, supporters, board and staff who made it possible.”

826 Seattle is located inside its fundraising arm, Greenwood Space Travel Supply Co., at 8414 Greenwood Ave. N. It provides free tutoring for children ages 6 to 18.

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826 Seattle kicks off fundraising drive for healthy snacks for tutoring students

August 26th, 2011 by Doree

826 Seattle, the nonprofit writing and tutoring center hidden inside the Greenwood Space Travel Supply Co., is kicking off a fundraiser today to raise money to provide healthy snacks to students.

Once school starts, 826 Seattle provides one-on-one after-school tutoring to about 100 students per week, and they provide healthy snacks to those students to keep their minds and bodies fueled.

You can donate to 826 Seattle’s special snack drive here. You can give in any amount, of course, but the website shows certain levels, such as: $10 provides daily snacks for one student for two weeks; $18 provides snacks for all tutoring students for one day; $75 will pay for snacks for all students for one week; and $195 will provide snacks for one student for a full year.

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‘Wild Things’ benefit raises $47K for 826 Seattle

October 15th, 2009 by Doree

Last week’s sold-out pre-screening of “Where the Wild Things Are” raised $47,000 for Greenwood’s non-profit writing and tutoring center, 826 Seattle, Seattlest reports.

The money will be used to support 826 Seattle’s after-school tutoring, writing workshops and field trips for children ages 6-18. 826 Seattle also raises money through its storefront, Greenwood Space Travel Supply Co.

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