Learn more about our nominating organizations below:
826 Boston: Boston, Massachusetts, USA
826 Boston is a nonprofit youth writing and publishing organization that empowers traditionally underserved students ages 6-18 to find their voices, tell their stories, and gain communication skills to succeed in school and in life.
826CHI is a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting students ages 6 to 18 with their creative and expository writing skills, and to helping teachers inspire their students to write.
826 New Orleans: New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
826 New Orleans' mission is to cultivate and support the voices of New Orleans' writers ages 6-18 through creative collaborations with schools and communities.
826 Valencia: San Francisco, California, USA
826 Valencia is a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting under-resourced students ages six to eighteen with their creative and expository writing skills and to helping teachers inspire their students to write. Our services are structured around the understanding that great leaps in learning can happen with one-on-one attention and that strong writing skills are fundamental to future success.
826DC: Washington, DC, USA
826DC is a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting students ages 6-18 with their creative and expository writing skills, and to helping teachers inspire their students to write.
826LA: Los Angeles, California, USA
826LA is a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting students ages 6 to 18 with their creative and expository writing skills, and to helping teachers inspire their students to write.
826michigan: Detroit/Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA
826michigan inspires school-aged students to write confidently and skillfully with the help of adult volunteers in their communities.
826NYC: New York, New York, USA
Our mission is to encourage the exploration of endless possibility through the power of writing. To empower students with the skills to write their own paths forward, undefined by circumstance. To support new and exciting approaches to writing and inspire student engagement. And to foster generations of creative writers and thinkers, who together will define a better future.
Austin Bat Cave: Austin, Texas, USA
Austin Bat Cave is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that provides children and teenagers (ages 6-18) with opportunities to develop their creative and expository writing skills. We connect a diverse population of young writers and learners with a vibrant community of adult volunteers in Austin. All of our programs are free.
Berättarministeriet: Stockholm, Sweden
We work for a Sweden where all children are safe, are confident in the written word, and have the opportunity to actively participate in community life.
Bureau of Fearless Ideas: Seattle, Washington, USA
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.
Chapter 510: Oakland, California, USA
Chapter 510 & the Dept. of Make Believe is Oakland's only youth writing center fronted by the world's only magical bureaucracy. We provide free in-school tutoring, creative writing workshops, and publishing opportunities for K-12 students in Oakland, California.
Children's Radio Foundation: Cape Town, South Africa
The Children's Radio Foundation uses the medium of radio to create opportunities for youth dialogue, participation, leadership, and active citizenship, training and mentoring a new generation of youth broadcasters across Africa.
Desert Island Supply Co.: Birmingham, Alabama, USA
Our mission is to help students develop the creative tools they need to explore and document their worlds.
Fighting Words: Dublin, Ireland
Our aim is to help children and young people, and adults who did not have this opportunity as children, to discover and harness the power of their own imaginations and creative writing skills. At its core, Fighting Words is also about something much broader and more inclusive. It is about using the creative practice of writing and storytelling to strengthen our children and teenagers – from a wide range of backgrounds – to be resilient, creative and successful shapers of their own lives.
Girl Forward: Austin, Texas, USA
GirlForward is a community of support dedicated to creating and enhancing opportunities for girls who have been displaced by conflict and persecution.
Lake Erie Ink: Cleveland, Ohio, USA
Lake Erie Ink is a not for profit 501(c)3 that provides creative expression opportunities and academic support to youth in the Greater Cleveland community.
Louisville Story Program: Louisville, Kentucky, USA
The Louisville Story Program strengthens the bonds of community by amplifying unheard voices and untold stories. Through rigorous writing and oral history workshops, and with professional editorial support, participating LSP authors from historically underrepresented communities document the richness of lived experience in Louisville communities from the inside out, and in their own words. Their work is published in professionally designed books, exhibits, and radio programs that promote dialogue across the community and increase awareness of overlooked aspects of Louisville's culture and history. Our authors are paid for their work, and we leverage their achievements into as many additional professional, educational, cultural, and social opportunities for them as possible.
Mid-Continent Oceanographic Institute: Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
Mid-Continent Oceanographic Institute (MOI) empowers underserved K–12 students to think creatively, write effectively, and succeed academically alongside a community of caring volunteers.
Mighty Writers: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
The mission of Mighty Writers (MW) is to teach Philadelphia kids ages 7 to 17 to think and write with clarity so they can achieve success at school, at work, and in life.
Ordskælv: Copenhagen, Denmark
Ordskælv is a nonprofit writing and publishing center.
Read and Write Kalamazoo: Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA
Read and Write Kalamazoo exists to support the growth and learning of youth through the cultivation of reading and writing skills.
Richmond Young Writers: Richmond, Virginia, USA
Richmond Young Writers is a creative writing incubator for ages 9-17. We write, we read, we laugh, we cry, we get messy, we polish things up, we bond. We make each other better.
Sydney Story Factory: Sydney, Australia
We're a not-for-profit that runs creative writing and storytelling workshops for marginalised young people aged 7 to 17. Supported by our community of expert storytellers and volunteer tutors, young people are empowered to create stories of all kinds, which we publish and celebrate. Young people develop the skills and confidence to find their voice and shape the future.
The Telling Room: Portland, Maine, USA
The Telling Room is a nonprofit writing center in Portland, Maine, dedicated to the idea that children and young adults are natural storytellers. Focused on young writers ages 6 to 18, we seek to build confidence, strengthen literacy skills, and provide real audiences for our students. We believe that the power of creative expression can change our communities and prepare our youth for future success.