What does a “year of service” mean at 826 Boston?

At 826 Boston, we offer free creative writing opportunities to students ages 6–18 through a variety of programs:

While we currently have 10 staff members running the show, we also rely on full-time AmeriCorps VISTA and Commonwealth Corps service members to work with our students, recruit volunteers, coordinate events, and play an integral role in our organization every year.

Get to know our service members, and apply today for our 2017–2018 cycle.

Kieran — Volunteer Engagement Coordinator

What is your favorite memory of 826?

When I was an intern, I led a workshop on unconventional poetry over April break, and one of my students created a poem using shapes that was really cool and unexpected. It’s hanging on the fridge in the office now.

Which writer would you want to write your biography?

Hanif Willis-Abdurraqib. He’s a poet, essayist, writer for MTV, and also a good friend of mine.

If you were Bigfoot, where would you hide?

I would probably hide in the suburbs because that’s where people would least expect me to be.

Leah — Student Engagement Designer

What is your role at 826?

I co-run the afterschool program, overseeing the tutoring and the publishing project. I help out with enrollment and attendance.

What’s your favorite memory at 826?

Well, there are so many, but a few weeks ago, a six year old student won an award for her contribution to the after-school book project. In her acceptance speech, she said, “Thank you, Leah, for being nice.”

What book would you bring with you on a desert island?

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. My favorite character is Sirius Black. I’ve read it so many times, but I never stop finding new things.

Tara — Writers’ Room Program Coordinator

What is your role at 826?

I am the Writers’ Room Program Coordinator at the Burke High School. I coordinate volunteer visits, workshops, and after-school clubs and support book publishing projects.

What’s the best part of your day at 826?

That is hard to say because every day is so different, but I really enjoy days when teachers bring their class to our space for an in-class visit. When you take a step back, the scene is quite remarkable — a bright, colorful classroom, students brainstorming and outlining verbally and on paper, and tutors encouraging them to keep writing.

What author would you want to write your biography?

I would like Isabel Allende to write my biography. She writes as if she is your grandmother telling you a gripping story, which forces you stay up way past your bedtime.

Isata —Out-of-School Time Coordinator

What was one of your best days at 826?

There were so many best days at 826, but one that sticks out to me the most was when I was leaving a day early for vacation and before they left for their session three separate kiddos all handed me homemade “safe travels, we’ll miss you” cards.

What is one of the most unexpected things that you had to do as a service member?

One of the most unexpected things that I had to do as a service member is convince a class of second graders that I once saw the Loch Ness Creature when I was five years old…

If your life were a book, what genre would it be?

If my life were a book the genre would be a mixture of history and art.

If this sounds like fun to you, consider applying for a year of service, volunteering with us, or checking out some of our student writing. We’d love for you to join us!

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