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What are we up to around 826michigan? A lot! From Liberty Street Robot Supply & Repair updates to program closures to news and views from our students and volunteers, our blog chronicles it all.

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WednesdayMay 2021

Back in the fall of 2018, Allison Beach signed up for a service learning course. The course partnered with 826michigan, and Allie started to volunteer as an after-school tutor. Many service learning students provide wonderful service for the semester of their course, and Allie was no exception. The difference with…

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ThursdayApril 2021

This month, we’re celebrating the work of not one, not two, but THREE amazing humans who together comprise our team of Rackham Fellows! Naitnaphit Limlamai, Rachel Cawkwell, and Lauren Rudewicz have been the brains and the muscle behind this year’s Young Author’s Book Project (YABP), an 826michigan program that, this…

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ThursdayMarch 2021

During March is Reading Month, we love to think about how writers learn to tell and share their own stories by reading the stories of others. That’s why 826michigan and Black Men Read partnered together this year to create reading and writing materials to share free-of-charge with families in our…

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MondayMarch 2021

This spring, as so much of what we knew was crumbling, something beautiful was taking root: our partnership with graphic design student Jessica Pace. In a little under a year, Jessica has taken on several major design and illustration projects at 826michigan, accomplishing each one with remarkable creativity, generosity, and…

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WednesdayFebruary 2021

The moment our team observed one of Keith’s Virtual Schoolwork Support (VSS) sessions, we knew. Here he was: our ideal February Volunteer of the Month! Keith embodies the spirit of a VSS tutor. Now, as VSS ramps up for our Winter 2021 semester, we are so thankful to be able…

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WednesdayJanuary 2021

Caitlin Koska has seen many sides of 826michigan, and she’s been a superstar volunteer for a while now. In 2015, she designed and co-led a workshop entitled “A Writeable Feast: Flavorful Food Writing,” where writers used all five senses to write odes, reviews, and love letters to favorite foods. As…

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WednesdayDecember 2020

The 826michigan OMNIBUS 12 is the most recent edition of our annual anthology of excellent student writing across 826michigan programs. This year’s book is special in many ways, including that it features writing from this spring and early summer, as our students navigated the challenges and uncertainties of that time….

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WednesdayDecember 2020

826michigan has traversed many seasons over the past fifteen years. We’ve gone from a scrappy startup to a slightly-less-scrappy-and-still-spirited nonprofit, from serving one city to serving three cities, from one learning lab to two. We have experienced periods of growth and months of coalescence, times of joy and moments of…

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MondayNovember 2020

Volunteers are the heart and soul of 826michigan, but there are some volunteers who are our heart, soul, and essential organs. They are so deeply a part of the work we do that we can’t imagine life without them. Jim Ottaviani is one of those volunteers. The entire staff was…

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MondayOctober 2020

  826michgan Programs will be completely virtual for the 2020-21 school year. We have launched Virtual Schoolwork Support (formerly called After-school Tutoring) and Writing with Wee-bots, with Write Now Writing Kits and partnership writing opportunities available for distance writing and learning. More programs are still to come, and all of…

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Supply & Repair
115 East Liberty Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
(734) 761-3463
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1351 Winder
Detroit, MI 48207
(313) 818-0255