1714 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, Ca 90026
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Our mission Dedicated to supporting students ages 6 to 18 with their creative and expository writing skills, and to helping teachers inspire their students to write.
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Community Spotlight: Karen Van Kirk

Community Spotlight: Karen Van Kirk

826LA

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Virtual Volunteer

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. See full description
  • 16-18, Adults (18+)
  • Ongoing
  • Anytime
  • Individuals
  • Virtual

After-School Tutoring

Volunteers provide homework assistance to students ages 6 to 12. Students will also work on creative writing assignments developed by 826LA, which will then be published in books at the end of each semester. Homework subject matters will vary, depending on what students bring in. Volunteers may work with anywhere between 2-4 students within each session.
  • Weekly
  • Teens, 55+, Adults
  • Individuals
  • Indoor
  • Formal
  • Evenings, Weekends

Workshops

Workshops are volunteer led and supported! Through workshops, volunteers show students how writing connects to their lives in unexpected ways. If volunteers are interested in leading a workshop, 826LA staff will support with the development of the lesson plans and activities. Writing techniques and content will vary depending on student age group.
  • Weekly, Monthly
  • Teens, 55+, Adults
  • Groups (2-10)
  • Indoor
  • Formal
  • Evenings, Weekends

In-Schools

Volunteers support high school students with their creative writing projects or personal statements (fall semester). Sessions take place on LAUSD campuses, and last for the duration of a class period. Volunteers may work one-on-one with students or in small groups. In-Schools creative writing projects result in a book, or finished writing publication.
  • Weekly
  • 55+, Adults
  • Individuals
  • Indoor
  • Formal
  • Weekdays

Field Trips

Field Trips volunteers help LAUSD classes write and publish a book in just three hours. Depending on the type of Field Trip, volunteers can support with classroom or small group facilitation, writing support, illustration and publishing support.
  • Weekly, Monthly
  • 55+, Adults
  • Individuals, Groups (2-10), Corporate Teams
  • Indoor
  • Formal
  • Weekdays

Evening Tutoring

Volunteers provide homework assistance to students ages 13-18. Students will also work on creative writing assignments developed by 826LA, which will then be published in a book at the end of the school year. Homework subject matters will vary, depending on what students bring in. Volunteers may work with anywhere between 2-4 students within each session.
  • Weekly, Monthly
  • 55+, Adults
  • Individuals, Groups (2-10), Corporate Teams
  • Indoor
  • Formal
  • Weekdays
Items we need now

Amazon Wishlist- Children's Books

Support Reading and Decompression Time during After-School Tutoring! Students enter our Writing Lab every day in search of their next favorite book! Help us update our library by reviewing our Amazon book wishlist. All books on the wishlist have been added by students in our tutoring programs.
  • Wishlist – Amazon, etc
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How you help Whatever has brought you to this point, you’ve decided you want to be a part of 826LA. You’ll be happy to hear that we’ve been waiting for this moment to arrive. It is because of volunteers like you that our free programs are possible.Because of support from volunteers like you, 826LA has provided critical expository writing and academic support to more than 74,000 Los Angeles students over the last fifteen years. You can continue that work by helping students write and publish their stories, and continue growing in their academic confidence.
About us Our services are structured around our understanding that great leaps in learning can happen with one-on-one attention, and that strong writing skills are fundamental to future success. All of our programs are challenging and enjoyable, and ultimately strengthen each student’s power to express ideas effectively, creatively, confidently, and in his or her individual voice.
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