826 New Orleans

aka Big Class, Inc   |   New Orleans, LA   |  www.826neworleans.org

Mission

826 New Orleans' mission is to cultivate and support the voices of New Orleans' writers ages 6-18 through creative collaborations with schools and communities.

Ruling year info

2015

Executive Director

Brooke Pickett

Program Director

Kyley Pulphus

Main address

1750 St Bernard Avenue

New Orleans, LA 70116 USA

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Formerly known as

Big Class

EIN

47-2743923

NTEE code info

Educational Services and Schools - Other (B90)

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Our programs

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In-School Projects

In-School Projects are opportunities for 826 New Orleans to work with a class of students to develop pieces of writing over several weeks or months and prepare them for publication. Throughout the course of the program, 826 New Orleans staff and volunteers visit a public school classroom in New Orleans to serve as writing specialists. In-School Programs vary in theme and length, but always consist of individualized attention and project-based learning.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Young Writers Council (YWC) is our signature teen workshop. YWC is designed to foster leadership skills and writing development among high school-aged youth. The Council meets every other Saturday for four hours from September to May. The year is split into two artistic seasons, fall and spring. Students learn from various creative and technical writers, and develop their own writing practice through a variety of publishing projects. They also develop the skills inherent to publishing work- sharing, presenting, and promoting their writing on a broad scale.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Adolescents

The 826 New Orleans Youth Writing Center is a hub for literacy, giving young people the opportunity to develop their writing skills and become published authors. The Youth Writing Center hosts three of 826 New Orleans' core programs: After-School, Field Trips, and Workshops. These programs allow 826 New Orleans to serve an additional 500 students each year beyond our In School and Community Collections programs.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Community Collections are dynamic programs that take place in schools and community spaces to gather student voices from across the city and culminate them into a single publishing project. These programs are one-time introductions into a genre or theme of writing conducted with a class-sized group of students. Once a concept is developed, Big Class will lead 45 minute sessions with at least 10 different classes or community groups of students per project. During each session, each student will write a short piece that will be published in an anthology at the end of the project. These programs allow us to reach a broad range of students from across the city. It both introduces our opportunities to more students, and also offers an opportunity for students who may not have access to the Youth Writing Center to engage with our programs. Our goal is to execute three Community Collections projects a year, serving 900 students in the program each year.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

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Financials

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826 New Orleans

Board of directors
as of 5/19/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Alvin David

Doug Keller

Desiree Packard

Danielle Smith

Kathleen Whalen

Elliot Edwards

Tess Vander Heide Stevens

Jayeesha Dutta

Rai Bolden

Dr. Stella Landis

Lydia Cutrer

Ronicka Briscoe

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? No
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? No
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 05/19/2021

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Black/African American/African
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

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