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.
Tags: 826 Seattle, The Greater Seattle Bureau of Fearless Ideas, tutoring, writing
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.
Tags: 826 Seattle, books, Greenwood Space Travel Supply Co., tutoring, What to Read in the Rain, writing
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.
Tags: 826 Seattle, National Endowment for the Arts, tutoring, writing
January 20th, 2010 by Doree
The new Couth Buzzard Books Espresso Buono Cafe at 8310 Greenwood Ave. N. is adding meetings and entertainment in its new space.
Starting Monday, Feb. 1, they’ll be hosting a new writing group at 6 p.m.
Leader, Marilyn Stauter calls her approach “Guided Spontaneity.” For more information contact Marilyn Stauter at firstname.lastname@example.org, or 206-633-5687.
And every Thursday from 6-9 p.m. is now Family Game Evening, with cards and board games.
Chess, Go, Bridge, Scrabble, Dominos and more. The Cafe will also be open for drinks and food. 206-436-2960.
Tags: books, coffee, games, writing
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.
Tags: fundraiser, tutoring, writing
September 11th, 2009 by Doree
Congrats to Greenwood’s own 826 Seattle, which just won a $25,000 grant from amazon.com for its youth writing programs.
The gift from Amazon.com will be used to support our programming team whose mandate is to create programs that help children in Seattle learn the essential skill of writing. These programs include after-school tutoring and evening and weekend writing workshops. To directly support our schools, the organization offers field trips where teachers are invited to bring their classes to 826 Seattle to participate in theatrical writing experiences. Additionally 826 Seattle also sends trained volunteers into the classroom to support the work of teachers, lending one-on-one help to students as they work to create their stories. A final component is publishing where students are invited as well as helped by volunteers to do the necessary work to make a story worthy of publishing. 826 Seattle publishes anthologies of student work, many of which can be purchased on Amazon.com.
Tags: literacy, writing