826LA Programming Update

May 14, 2020

Dear 826LA community,

Over the past eight weeks, we’ve shared updates about how 826LA is responding to COVID-19 and school closures, always centering our students’ needs. Thanks to the diligent and innovative efforts of our staff and volunteers, we’re proud to announce a full slate of programming that will continue to grow and evolve.

  • Tutoring: Volunteers provide one-on-one homework help, four days a week, to help students navigate academic challenges of all kinds.
  • Workshops: We’re offering both webinars (see “Attend a virtual workshop” here) and live workshops (registration required) on topics ranging from journalism to flash fiction. Avid readers can join our Reading With a Bookworm series (for younger students) or our new Teen Reading Circle.
  • In-Schools Projects: Schools are still closed, but our partnerships are as strong as ever. We are working on the annual Ethnic Studies Book Project with ninth graders Roosevelt High School, preparing to publish work about environmental justice by students at Manual Arts, and hosting virtual visits from Nickelodeon and other authors in our Writers in the Writers’ Room series.
  • College Access: First we helped college-bound seniors earn money for college via the Scholarship Project. Next we’ll work with College Track Personal Statement Institute and Green Dot Summer Bridge to help incoming seniors get a jump start on their personal statement essays.
  • Writing Prompts: This searchable, sortable database of writing prompts for students of all ages is a teacher, parent, or young writer’s best friend.
  • Virtual Hub: Your gateway to video content, webinars, writing prompts, resources, and more.

We have developed special trainings to help our volunteer corps pivot to virtual programming. If you’re interested in joining our community of supporters who are dedicated to improving student outcomes, we hope you’ll consider volunteering or donating today.

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