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Posted on Fri, Oct 26, 2012 : 11:59 a.m.

Ann Arbor-based tutoring non-profit 826Michigan expanding to Detroit

By Ben Freed

826Michigan, the non-profit tutoring center with a “Robot Supply and Repair Shop” storefront on East Liberty Street in downtown Ann Arbor, is expanding to Detroit.

The expansion was announced by executive director Amanda Uhle at the TEDxDetroit conference, according to a report from MLive Detroit.


Students work with writing tutors at 826Michigan

Courtesy of 826Michigan

The move to Detroit comes after previous 826Michigan efforts to expand its footprint that have included offering workshops at Ypsilanti District Library locations and after-school tutoring at Ypsilanti Middle School.

MLive reported that the Detroit efforts will be made possible thanks to a $100,000 grant from the DTE Energy Foundation.

The organization is a chapter of 826 National, founded by author David Eggers at 826 Valencia St. in San Francisco. The original location has a pirate-themed storefront and has inspired chapters in New York City, Los Angeles, and Chicago among other locations.

Students participating in 826Michigan programs have produced plays and collaborated on books and poetry collections. The organization also rocks out every winter as the Mittenfest music festival raises thousands of dollars for programming.

Click here to read the full article from MLive Detroit.

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Jeremy Peters

Thu, Nov 1, 2012 : 6:53 p.m.

So proud to work with 826, and so happy to see this happening!


Sat, Oct 27, 2012 : 6:22 p.m.

If anyone is interested 826 Michigan sponsors a play writing or story thing every year. It is called 5 Bowls of Oatmeal. What this is is the children write a play surrounding 5 bowls of oatmeal Before you knock it? Come see it. November 18 at 3:30 Rackham Building. I am so thrilled they are heading to Detroit.


Sat, Oct 27, 2012 : 12:50 a.m.

826 is an amazing asset to our community and I'm thrilled they are able to share their wonders with the children of Detroit. As an educator, I can't sing their praises loud's an incredible experience for kids. This organization is a class act - and I feel lucky to have it available to for my students. Great news're going to love it! We spent the morning with the crew at 826 and each of my children walked away with a better understanding of poetry AND an experience they will never forget.


Fri, Oct 26, 2012 : 8:20 p.m.

What about the Detroit Teachers Union? (Taking away teaching jobs) Who is going to run this, the suburbs or Detroit? Sounds like a great way to invent a new scandal! Sorry kids!


Sat, Oct 27, 2012 : 6:19 p.m.

You really don't get it do you? This is a non profit volunteer effort to get children to read and write. Mine is an A student and is involved with this because mine loves to write. This is her 3rd year with them and her second attempt at getting 5 Bowls Of Oatmeal play written. Please don't knock it until you see their plays and the actors who do the childrens plays.


Fri, Oct 26, 2012 : 5:54 p.m.

I think this is wonderful. I know they have a very dedicated core team. I hope they find additional members for this team, so no one ends up burned out. They are a very worthwhile group to work with. It would be nice to see more UofM students helping both in Ann Arbor and in Detroit. What a great way to give back to the community and build a resume.


Fri, Oct 26, 2012 : 4:48 p.m.

Fantastic! 826 is wonderful and will be an asset to the students of Detroit.