826 Valencia

San Francisco, CA • 826 Valencia is dedicated to supporting under-resourced students ages six to eighteen with their creative and expository writing skills and to helping teachers inspire their students to write.

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826 Valencia comprises three writing centers—our flagship location in the Mission District, a center in the Tenderloin neighborhood, and a new center on the ground floor of an affordable housing building in Mission Bay —and three satellite classrooms at nearby public schools. All of our programs are offered free of charge to make them accessible to the students who would not otherwise be able to access our support.

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826 VALENCIA is a San Francisco-based nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting students ages 6 to 18 with their writing skills and helping teachers get their students excited about writing. Our work is based on the understanding that strong writing skills are fundamental to future success and that great leaps in learning can be made when skilled tutors work one-on-one with students.

Program 1

$599k annual program spend • In-School: During the 2016-2017 school year we served 44 teachers and 1,807 students at 8 San Francisco Unified School District Schools through our In-School program. For our 2017 Young Authors' Book Project we released ""We are Here, Walking Toward the Unknown"" with 12th grade students at Phillip & Sala Burton Academic High School.

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$456k annual program spend • Our After-School Tutoring Program remains one of the cornerstone programs of 826 VALENCIA. During the 2016-2017 year, we hosted the program Mondays through Thursdays throughout the school year for 187 enrolled students, with an average of 37 students each weekday, and an additional 61 students coming for Drop-In Tutoring on Sundays. Highlights of the year included two Young Writers' Wall celebrations, where we honor six students and feature their accomplishments with full color portraits and profiles on the back wall of our writing lab, and two issues of Look Closer/Mira De Circa, our anthology of shorter student works. Our evening tutoring program, called Pathways, supports middle and high school students with their homework. We also grew our Exploring Words Summer Camp to serve 60 elementary and middle school students for 5 weeks.

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$430k annual program spend • During the 2016-2017 year, we hosted 185 field trips, with a combined total of 3,769 students from local schools visiting our centers in the Mission and Tenderloin Districts of San Francisco for a morning of high-energy learning. The most popular field trip again this year was one we invented, ""Storytelling and Bookmaking,"" where students write, illustrate, and bind their own books in two hours. We also continued our podcasting field trips in our Tenderloin center.

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