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826 Day — Cultivate change.

“Sometimes people try to give you suggestions and it doesn’t feel like you. I felt like the personal help guided me into an essay that feels powerful and my own. I loved every minute of it. It gave me confidence and made me feel more ready for college.”

If you’ve volunteered at a personal statement session at 826LA then you know what’s like to sit across a student and really get to know them — helping transform their stories into one of the most crucial components of a college application — a compelling personal statement.

Grades, test scores, and a list of extracurricular activities only show one side of the student, but personal statements are the one place in a college application where a student can share stories that reveal their true character.

826LA is on a mission to get 82.6 new volunteers signed up for personal statement trainings by August 26th or as we like to call it – 826 Day.

Help us achieve our goal.

You know what a difference one volunteer and a few hours can make. Sign up below or send this to one person you know that make can the difference too.

Use #826on826 to share your personal statement story to inspire one person to sign up for a personal statement training session too!

If you’re an official 826LA volunteer and have yet to attend a training, you’re almost ready!

If you haven’t attended a Volunteering 101, but still want to get involved in 826LA’s personal statement work, this one’s for you.


Upcoming personal statement trainings:

Friday, July 28, 2017, 2-5PM
826LA in Mar Vista

Saturday, August 26, 2017, 9AM-12PM
826LA Writers’ Room at Manual Arts High School

Tuesday, August 22, 2017, 10AM -1 PM
826LA in Mar Vista

Friday, September 8, 2017, 10AM – 1PM
826LA in Echo Park

Tuesday, September 12, 2017, 11AM – 2PM
826LA Writers’ Room at Manual Arts High School

Saturday, September 23, 2017, 12-3 PM
826LA in Mar Vista

Saturday, October 14, 2017, 12-3 PM
826LA in Echo Park

Monday, October 16, 2017, 6:30-9:30 PM
826LA in Mar Vista

Saturday, October 28, 2017, 9AM – 12pm
826LA Writers Room at Manual Arts High School


If you have any questions about trainings, please email Mariesa. Thanks for supporting our work and our city’s high school seniors!

To learn more about 826LA’s work with Personal Statements, click here.

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