- Organization Name:826LA
- Address:1714 W. Sunset Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90026
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826LA is a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting students ages six to eighteen with their creative and expository writing, and to helping teachers inspire their students to write. 826LA’s services are structured around the understanding that great leaps in learning can happen with one-on-one attention, and that strong writing skills are fundamental to future success. 826LA’s programs offer students all manners of artistic expression--storytelling, performance, illustration, and design--experienced through creative collaboration with local working artists. All programs are challenging, enjoyable, and ultimately strengthen each student’s power to express ideas effectively, creatively, and with confidence.
826LA provides students access to nurturing learning environments regardless of socioeconomic status. By offering all its programming for free, the organization can break down barriers that might prevent students from learning, and serve families who might otherwise struggle to pay for the level of personalized instruction their children receive through 826LA. The programs reach students at every opportunity—in school, after school, in the evenings, and on weekends.
826LA’s instructional approach is based on the theory of project-based learning, a collaborative, real-world approach to learning that inspires creativity and develops self-confidence. At the core of project-based learning is the belief that students become more engaged and retain more information when their learning focuses on the execution of a project. At the conclusion of 826LA programs, students walk away with a finished product, whether it is a personalized storybook, a newspaper filled with stories and interviews focusing on a single theme, or a final performance of a spoken word poem. As the partner teacher for one of our largest student publishing projects, Robert Jeffers of Susan Miller Dorsey High School, said, “Simply put, 826LA’s book project was one of the most rewarding experiences of my ten-year career as an educator. 826LA’s publication of a hard cover book of original student writing and artwork, From the Couch to the Kitchen, provided far more meaningful evidence of student learning than a bubble-test result.” 826LA staff and students take great pride in the work created, and it shows in the finished product.
After School Tutoring
Once homework is completed in our daily after-school tutoring program, students strengthen their literacy skills by reading books from 826LA’s library and writing stories based on a monthly theme. Students submit their writing for inclusion in chapbooks, which 826LA publishes throughout the year. To celebrate students’ hard work, 826LA unveils these chapbooks at book release parties, where students read their work to thunderous applause from their families and peers. Last year, 826LA published fifteen chapbooks of student writing, including a multi-lingual collection collaboratively written by students with their parents and guardians.
Weekday mornings, public school teachers bring their students to 826LA for a morning full of collaboration, creativity, and writing. Whether the topic is Storytelling & Bookmaking, Choose Your Own Adventure, or Poetry, every student leaves with an individualized book under his or her arm, complete with an author photo!
Workshops and Journalism Programs
826LA’s workshops bring students together with adult artists, writers, and professionals for creative collaborations designed to foster creativity while strengthening writing skills. For example, in our journalism workshops, cub reporters learn the ins and outs of the trade by working with professional journalists to produce twelve issues of 826LA’s newspapers 826LA Good Times and ¡Viva Mar Vista! each year.
Young Authors’ Book Project
Each year, 826LA partners with one Los Angeles public school to create a beautifully composed, impeccably designed collection of student writing that is ultimately sold at bookstores across the country. Over the course of a semester, 826LA volunteers help students write and polish their stories until they sparkle.
826LA is a chapter of 826 National, the umbrella organization that coordinates the adaptation of 826’s tutoring and mentorship model. Writer Dave Eggers and educator Nínive Calegari founded 826 National. In 2005, 826LA opened its doors in Los Angeles. Following repeated requests for its services on the east side of Los Angeles, 826LA opened a second center in Echo Park in 2008. This year 826LA moved its Westside operations to Mar Vista. This new space increases 826LA’s capacity, providing 2,625 square-feet of space for students as well as better visibility and accessibility for the organization. Both of 826LA’s locations contain Time Travel Marts, whimsical convenience stores that act as the organization’s gateway to the community and also sell student publications to the public. All sales in the Time Travel Marts benefit 826LA programs.
- Year established:2005
- Organization type:Grantseeker
- Country of registration:United States
- Tax Determination Letter:Received Determination Letter
- IRS Section:501(c)(3)
- IRS Subsection:None
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