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826 Seattle Works To Help Kids Build Writing Skills

by Matt Rosenberg March 3rd, 2010

Here’s a non-profit mission I can really get behind, one that draws on social capital in the Seattle community to help ensure young students develop a love of learning, and in particular, writing.

826 Seattle is a nonprofit writing and tutoring center dedicated to helping youth, ages six to 18, improve their creative and expository writing skills, and to helping teachers inspire their students to write. Our 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.

Ain’t it the truth. “Strong writing skills are fundamental to future success.” Good writing provides not only marvelous entertainment and intellectual enrichment, it also fosters clear and compelling communication, which is essential to building bridges across divides to solve problems facing our society.

826 Seattle offers a range of programs. Trained volunteers provide in-class support for writing projects designed by teachers. For drop-ins, there’s homework assistance and tutoring in writing, math, science, foreign language and other subject at 826 Seattle’s north side headquarters from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday during the school year. There are a variety of writing workshops for students. The Spring 2010 offerings seem guaranteed to help unlock creative writing potential and excitement about writing. The creative piece is crucial not only as a tool of expression, but can help build mastery of syntax, grammar, vocabulary, and organization.

The 826 Seattle experience begins with passage through a mysterious portal, as public television station KCTS-9 reports:

826 Seattle volunteer applications are here. You may also be able to help provide items on their wish list. The organization is profiled in a Seattle’s Child article by Cheryl Murfin, “826 Seattle: Where Young Writers Grow.”