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826LA is a nonprofit focused on student services. With $1.7m in revenue and 36 employees, it is a mid-sized organization. Founded in 2005, 826LA is headquartered in Los Angeles, CA. In recent tax filings, the organization reported expenses of $1.4m.

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Mission and Work


826LA is dedicated to supporting students ages 6 to 18 with their creative and expository writing skills and to helping teachers inspire their students to write.

Program 1

$283k annual program spend • In-school support: in-school projects--through its in-school programs, 826LA continued its mission of supporting students while inspiring teachers. The organization held 285 in-classroom sessions with 34 teachers at 18 different schools around the city. This resulted in 1,943 middle and high school students participating in 826LA's unique academic support programs. Some students revised college essays, some published community newspapers or chapbooks--all received individualized support and attention from 826LA's volunteer tutors. 100% of the schools that 826LA worked with through the in-schools program were title i schools, where 41% or more of students qualified for free or reduced lunch.(for. At roosevelt high school, volunteers spent five weeks working with deborah chapman's english language development students, who wrote an argumentative essay based on "romeo and juliet.". After watching several versions of the play and Reading the text, students chose who they thought was to blame for romeo and juliet's deaths and worked with 826LA volunteers to write an essay containing specific evidence for their arguments. Across the city at venice high school, 826LA partnered with seth buccieri's ap world history class and worked with students to write research-driven articles on a current controversial human rights issue of their choice. Supported by volunteers, students reflected on why this issue mattered to them and why it should matter to the general public; researched historical connections between current and historical incarnations of the issue; and analyzed what is being done to resolve the issue and/or presented a solution. Their finished articles were published in a book produced by 826LA entitled "we got issues: student explorations of human rights."writers'. Room at manual arts high school--826LA's first writers' room continued its success this past year by serving 792 students and working with 12 teachers throughout the high school. Students working with the writers' room at manual arts high school also became published authors, writing two chapbooks: "rhythm runs through our veins and "no traffic in space.". Cris avi a, who teaches mexican history at manual arts high school, worked with the writers' room to create "rhythm runs through my veins," an exploration of the students' rich history and cultural heritage. Students in mr. avi a's classes wrote about their cultural roots and identity in this project after Reading poetry by corky rodriguez, an article by cheech marin, and a vignette by sandra cisneros. In a post-project interview, mr. avi a confirmed the importance of 826LA's literacy work: "writing is important because it is a critical means of expression. Communication is a vital part of human interaction and connection. And written communication is one of the most used forms of communications. It's used daily. Writing is a tool they will use for the rest for their lives. And it helps me to connect with their souls, their psyches. They will write more on a piece of paper than [they will say] in person. Through writing, they can be more intimate.". The workshops program offered ample opportunities for partnerships. This spring, one popular project teamed up students with employees from the virtual reality entertainment company vrscout to create a special virtual reality (vr) workshop led by 826LA volunteer carly chevalier. In a 360 virtual space, students transformed into aliens and interacted with other characters in settings such as a previously unexplored planet, an airplane, and even an operating room. Finally, they wrote their very own virtual reality story that was then designed by an on-site vrscout access--this year, 826LA began a partnership with the lausd initiative gear up 4 LA, to train teachers and counselors in 826LA's pedagogy for helping students write personal statements for college admission. In addition to the 1,000 students 826LA reached directly through college access programming this year, these trainings allowed an additional 13,000+ students to benefit from 826LA's proven approach to crafting one of the most important components of the college application. On november 12 and 13, 2016, 826LA helped 162 high school seniors complete their college applications to university of California campuses. This weekend event, 826LA's seventh annual great Los Angeles personal statement weekend, is the largest in the organization's year-round college access programming. After participating in the 2016 personal statement weekend, 12th grader demani said, "i'm glad that everyone in this room exists. That they've taken time out of their schedules to help me get to where they are.". Young authors' book project--in the spring semester, students at alain leroy locke high school in south Los Angeles worked on 826LA's young authors' book project. Their publication, "when the moon is up," includes stories, essays, and interviews from young people in south l.a. Written in commemoration of the 25th anniversary of the 1992 l.a. Uprisings and the 50th anniversary of locke high school's founding, the book is about their lives in and journeys to l.a.,. Reflecting the city's many cultures and dimensions. In these pages, 61 students from locke high school depict the modern lives of youth in stories about responsibility, family, loss, courage, and favorite pairs of sneakers. Their work illuminates their neighborhoods, home countries, and Los Angeles, challenging assumptions about these places. "when the moon is up" was released in may 2017 and features a lesson plan on facilitating difficult classroom conversations, student interviews with community leaders victoria brown, sam joo, katherine kim, rose salseda, and aqeela sherrills, and a foreword written by author and journalist h ctor tobar. From the foreword by h ctor tobar: "in your book, you have tackled one of the biggest events this big city has ever seen. The days in 1992 when the city burned and seethed, and the aftermath of those events. I lived through that 'uprising,' that 'riot, or as the spanish-speakers of the day called it, 'los quemazones,' the great burning. I dreamed then of a kinder, more just city--a place where young people believed that words and ideas could be as powerful as rocks, gunfire, and flames. Now that day has arrived."summer. Programming--over the summer, 826LA hosted its annual english language learner summer camp, an inventive and exciting creative writing summer day camp for elementary students. Held at both of 826LA's centers, the organization served 115 students. With themed weeks and lesson plans developed by staff and americorps summer associates, campers learned about nature, food, arts and culture, and stem subjects. Students wrote and published two anthologies of stories from camp, as well as a dictionary filled with their own definitions of common (and not-so-common) words. Middle and high school students were involved in 826LA's summer writers' workshop. In this intensive five-day workshop, students examined what makes words perform, what it means to speak and embody text, and what they can do to harness their personal histories, identities, and voices. Students focused on the themes of identity, resilience, and liberation.


$448k annual program spend • In fiscal year 2017, 826LA provided after-school tutoring to 160 registered elementary school students and evening tutoring to 87 middle and high school students. This past year, 826LA's average number of students in tutoring grew, with 25.5 average students in after-school tutoring, and 29.5 average students in evening tutoring, up from last year's averages of 24.5 and 23, respectively. Students in the tutoring program receive academic support in all subjects, have dedicated Reading time, and write daily. At least once a semester, students go through a revision and publishing process, editing with their volunteer tutors and voting as a group on a name for their chapbook.(for. In addition to their chapbook, students in mar Vista's evening tutoring program published a student-created magazine, and developed and produced their own podcast, which was released in may.


$183k annual program spend • 826LA offered 80 evening and weekend workshops this past year, serving 1,276 students in 273 sessions total. In addition to participating directly in workshops, community volunteers worked with 826LA to develop and lead sessions in journalism, poetry, photography, college access, and stem (science, technology, engineering, and math). 826LA also continued its successful saturday morning elementary-age Reading program, barnacle's bookworms, which published its inaugural book, "too many blue avocados.". The workshops program published an additional 14 publications, including issues of the "good times and "viva mar Vista" newspapers.

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826LA is a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting students ages 6 to 18 with their creative and expository writing skills, and to helping teachers inspire their students to write.

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.

With this in mind, we provide after-school tutoring, evening and weekend workshops, in-school tutoring, help for English language learners, and assistance with student publications.

All of our programs are challenging and enjoyable, and ultimately strengthen each student’s power to express ideas effectively, creatively, confidently, and in their individual voice.

826LA is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization. Our EIN, or tax ID, is 38-3722092.

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