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826michigan Mission

826michigan is a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting students aged 6 to 18 with their creative and expository writing skills, and to helping teachers inspire their students to write. We believe that great leaps in learning can happen with one-on-one attention, and that strong writing skills are fundamental to future success.

With 826michigan, in Ypsilanti, EMU Students can work directly with eager students. Earn LBC Credit and/or pre-student teaching hours. Make a difference to young people and peers in your community every week. Help students find their voice and express themselves creatively. Gain hands-on classroom experience. You can join the (hundreds) EMU students who have already contributed to improving the lives of young people around them--826michigan and the VISION office will help you inspire others.

Drop-in Tutoring on Washington Street at Beezy's Cafe:

School-aged students work one-on-one with tutors, to gain a better understanding of their homework assignments. We meet after-school Monday - Thursday, 5:30pm - 7:30pm. Following an hour of homework help, students engage in creative writing workshops and youth development opportunities designed to offer students hands-on experience in a safe space! Tutors are excited to assist students complete assignments and generate bright ideas for projects in any content area. We encourage tutors to commit to at least one day a week for an academic quarter.

Drop-in Writing at Ypsilanti District Libraries:

Students ages 8-12 meet Tuesdays 5:30 - 6:30pm at the Michigan Ave Branch, and Wednesdays 5:30 - 6:30pm at the Whittaker Rd Branch. Young writers (ages 8 - 12) practice the art of collaborative story writing, familiarizing themselves with writing techniques, and enjoy the experience of having their work published and performed by professional actors. We offer students ages 13-18 opportunities to engage in creative writing prompts, learn new techniques, participate in peer editing and have their work published. Teenagers meet every Monday, 5:30 - 6:30pm at the Michigan Ave Branch. We encourage tutors to assist the interns who facilitate YDL programming.

In-School Residencies:

For our in-school programs, groups of 826michigan volunteers visit classrooms to help support teachers and students in classroom writing activities. We work in classrooms in Ypsilanti and Ann Arbor every day of the week. For the most part, in-schools consist of In-School Residencies, wherein volunteers visit several classrooms in a particular school once a week and help the teachers there with anything they need: working one-on-one with students who are behind, facilitating a small group, grading assignments, typing up student work, and more. Our residencies are typically two-three hours, once per week.We ask that volunteers commit to at least two months to participate in an In-School Residency, and preferably the whole year.

Here's how to learn more and get involved:

The first step is to fill out our online volunteer application. We will conduct a background check and then invite you to an informational session. After this session, depending on the program you would like to participate in, there may be a short additional training.

Our staff is here to help you through this process -- click on the volunteer application below, or set up an appointment with D'Real to learn more.

YDL Drop in: just drop in!

In-School residency: requires a once a week commitment for two months

Tutoring: requires a once a week commitment for an academic semester


826michigan website

Volunteer Application



D'Real Graham (Program Coordinator, dreal@826michigan.org) By Appointment: Tuesdays and Thursdays 11:30am to 3:00pm

We also offer internships associated with all of these programs. If you are interested in learning more, visit our internship descriptions page.

The VISION Volunteer Center is part of Diversity & Community Involvement