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826 New Orleans is the largest youth writing network in the country! We serve as an international proof point for writing as a tool for young people to ignite and channel their creativity, explore identity, advocate for themselves and their community, and achieve academic and professional success.  826 New Orleans (formerly Big Class) is the only chapter of 826 in the Southern US. We're dedicated to cultivating and supporting the voices of New Orleans' writers ages 3-18 through creative collaborations with schools and communities. We offer free writing programs and publishing opportunities at our Youth Writing Center in the 7th Ward and in schools across the city. Our staff and volunteers help students improve their literacy skills, become published authors, and understand the power of their voices on and off the page. Since 2010 we’ve served over 4,000 students and created over 100 publications of student work with the help of over 400 volunteers!


What you do

Service learning students will have the opportunity to work across 826 programs from our After-School program for 1st-6th graders, to our Wee Write program for little learners ages 3-5, to our various community collections projects that we run in schools across the city. Every 826 program relies on the dedicated support of community volunteers, interns, and service learning students ot support and nurture student voice and ends in a publication of student work. Service learning students will have the opportunity to work directly with 826 students giving them the support and tools to write their path forward - undefined by circumstance. 

What you learn

Loyola students will learn the basics of writing coaching and curriculum development. They will have the opportunity to work with a range of New Orleans youth from across the city, ages 3-18, and develop mentoring, leadership, and professional development skillsets to help students reach their highest potential.


Preschool children
Elementary school children (K-5th)
Middle school children (6th-8th)
High school students (9th-12th)

Preservice Requirements

Service Learning students must complete the following Pre-service requirements:

Training sessions
Background check
COVID-19 vaccination

Days and Times
Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday
2pm - 6:30pm 2pm - 6:30pm 2pm - 6:30pm 2pm - 6:30pm


Occasional Friday and Weekend opportunities

Contact Information

Brittany Thierry
Early Education and Communications Manager

Rai Bolden
Program Director/Interim Executive Director

Location Address
1750 St. Bernard Ave. New Orleans, LA 70116


Directions ETA

Biking • 35 min
Public Transit • 1 hr
Driving • 16 min, street parking