Chapter 510 + 826 National = One Fantastic Future

This is an official announcement from the Division of Fantastic Futures within the Dept. of Make Believe:

Chapter 510 aspires to the 826 model and is officially participating in the 826 National chapter development process!

This will make for a fantastic future indeed, as we will be joining a network of seven youth writing centers just like ours located all over the country. Writing centers fronted by magical storefronts filled with burgeoning young writers and amazing, dedicated, like-minded folks with whom we can share our joys and struggles with for years to come.  

We are currently embarking on the first phase of many in the process of becoming an 826, so it will be a bit before we are officially official-official, but we are so happy and proud we're becoming a part of this growing family of educators, writers, and artists working to inspire youth across the country.

In the meantime, we will continue to work with and for our community, and with 826, to grow our programs and build our writing center here in Oakland. 

If you have any questions about this process, do feel free to email us anytime

About 826 National

826 National is a nonprofit organization that provides strategic leadership, administration, and other resources to ensure the success of its network of seven writing and tutoring centers.

826 National’s chapters offer a variety of inventive programs that provide under-resourced students, ages 6-18, with opportunities to explore their creativity and improve their writing skills.

Their mission is based on the understanding that great leaps in learning can happen with individualized attention, and that strong writing skills are fundamental to future success. They also aim to help teachers get their classes excited about writing.

For more information on 826 National, visit their website.

Please note: As a separate 501(c)3 working to bring 826 National network programming to Oakland, Chapter 510 is not directly affiliated with 826 Valencia and its operations.

510 Journal Release w/ Youth Poet Laureate Azariah Cole-Shephard

What an inspirational night! 

Thank you all for joining Chapter 510 for another successful First Friday event. We were thrilled to come together with Oakland Public Library and Youth Speaks to welcome our 2016 Youth Poet Laureate Azariah Cole-Shephard and celebrate the release of our sixth issue of 510 Journal.

Thanks to 2015 Oakland Youth Poet Laureate Tova Ricardo for hosting and our wonderful readers Azariah, Stephanie Yun, Aaron Godinez, Emily Kim, Shanga Labossiere, Isabel Hallock, and Sophie Elkin for nailing it!


About 510 Journal:

In partnership with the Oakland Public Library's Youth Poet Laureate program and Youth Speaks, we are proud to have published six issues (posters) of 510 Journal, each celebrating a young poet.

We've printed and distributed thousands of these 11" by 17" posters throughout Oakland.

Come by the center to pick up one or six to display in your business or residence to help us amplify student voices throughout town (and beyond!). 


About the Oakland Youth Poet Laureate Program:

Presented by Oakland Public Library and Youth Speaks, the Youth Poet Laureate program is supported by an alliance of community partners representing Oakland’s leading arts, education and community organizations.

Applications for Oakland's 2017 Youth Poet Laureate are now open!

Deadline to apply is February 5, 2017. 

Youthspeaks.org | oaklandlibrary.org/teens