In just 25 days we were able to raise 20K for the young writers of New Orleans! A global community of writers, readers, artists, and investors have come together to advocate for the next generation of literati. We're excited to share our 1st STRETCH GOAL of 5K! An additional 5K would allow us to print three of our signature publications during the 2018-2019 school year.
Since Big Class's founding in 2010, we’ve offered free creative writing programs to over 4,000 students and published over 100 books of student work. When we open our youth writing and publication center, we'll be joining the 826 National Network as 826 New Orleans. 826 New Orleans will be the 8th chapter of the 826 network and the first in the South.
826 is an award-winning non-profit network with writing centers in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Detroit/Ann Arbor, Chicago, New York, Boston, and Washington, D.C.. Among many honors, 826 was awarded the inaugural American Prize for Literacy by the Library of Congress.
Becoming a chapter will allow us to amplify New Orleans youth voice on a national scale, as 826 serves over 32,000 students a year. We’ll continue to work as as an independent 501(c)(3) responding to New Orleans’ unique local needs.
For the past eight years we've been cultivating and supporting the voices of New Orleans’s young writers through writing and publishing opportunities. The majority of our work has happened in schools.
New Orleans youth are hungry for opportunities to write and to be supported in their writing. The Youth Writing Center will create crucial out-of-school time writing opportunities for these eager students.
The Youth Writing Center will become a hub for literacy, featuring these core rooms:
- A writing lab with a stage, designed to be our main classroom
- A digital storytellers studio, dedicated to video-making, podcasting, and other mediums for 21st century storytelling
- A secondary classroom so that we can have two programs happening at once
- A publication center where we will print 80+ books every year
- The New Orleans Haunting Supply Company
What is the New Orleans Haunting Supply Company?
826 was founded in 2002, when internationally-acclaimed author Dave Eggers and award-winning educator Nínive Calegari opened a space at 826 Valencia Street in San Francisco. They were set to begin tutoring when they informed that their tutoring center was actually zoned for retail. They saw the space looked like the hull of a ship—thus the Pirate Supply Store was born. Each 826 center has themes tailored to their location: 826NYC has The Brooklyn Superhero Supply Co.; 826LA has The Time Travel Mart; and 826 Boston has The Greater Boston Bigfoot Research Institute.
New Orleans is often considered the most haunted city in America. The New Orleans Haunting Supply Company products serve the legendary ghosts of this great city with the goods they need to do their best work. This includes things like: haunting-grade slime, boo-in-a-can, corporeal dust, and more.
Beyond our imaginative line of products, The New Orleans Haunting Supply Company is a retail and community space that allows us to showcase student publications to the community at-large. The concept of The New Orleans Haunting Supply Company was conceived by young people and exists for young people. Proceeds benefit our free programs. This spirited approach is essential to 826 New Orleans.
Big Class has received nearly $100,000 from major donors for the opening of our Youth Writing Center, but we need an additional $20,000 to ensure that we can publish high-quality student publications for years to come.
- 03/22/2017: We signed the lease to our new space on St. Bernard and N. Roman
- 02/06/2018: We received our building permit to begin constructing the space
- 02/06/2018-04/20/2018: Our contractors will build-out the Youth Writing Center
- 04/27/2018: We will have our grand opening
- From April to August 2018, we will furnish the space (including the publication center)
- In September 2018, we will print some of our first books using our brand new publication center!
Your Support allows us to:
- Construct and furnish the Publication Center inside of our new Youth Writing Center
- Serve over 3,000 students annually
- Connect those students to over 32,000 young writers from across the nation
- Create at least 25 publications in-house every year
- Purchase the following equipment: Production Quality Printer, Shelves and Cabinets for Paper and Book Storage, Paper Cutter, Book Creaser, Book Press, Book Staplers, Self-Healing Cutting Mat
- Amplify youth voice for years to come
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Risks and challenges
Big Class (soon to be 826 New Orleans) is a growing organization. While we have received nearly $100,000 from major donors for the opening of our Youth Writing Center, we need an additional $20,000 to ensure that we can publish high-quality student publications for years to come. With the backing of our community, we will be able to publish the work of 3,000 students a year.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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