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826LA’s 9th Annual Great Los Angeles Personal Statement Weekend

It’s time to support our future writers, activists, and community members. Our Ninth Annual Great LA Personal Statement Weekend is on the horizon, and you are needed to help 300 high school seniors increase their chances at gaining admission to their dream colleges.

Whether you’ve attended past Great LA Personal Statement Weekends or have volunteered with other 826LA programs, our students need your help. You’ll spend the day or weekend working one-on-one with a student to listen to their story and help shape their life experiences into responses that reveal the student’s incredible dedication and character.


When: Sat., November 17, 10 AM- 3 PM & Sun., November 18, 10 AM- 3 PM
Where: Manual Arts High School
Who:  300 LAUSD high school seniors + 300 826LA volunteers (that’s you!)
What:  One-on-one writing support as students finish college application essays
Why:  Currently only one out of four LAUSD high school graduates goes to a four year college. At this event, you will support our students as we work together to increase educational opportunities for LA youth.


We are inviting all 826LA volunteers to join us for this annual event in November to help contribute to improved access to higher education. You are needed to help 300 seniors have a better chance at admission to their dream colleges. You can volunteer for either one or both days.

If you haven’t already been trained in the updated UC Personal Insight Questions, you need to sign up for a training and sign up to volunteer for the weekend so we know we can count on your attendance. You can volunteer for either one or both days.


Still need to attend a training? 

If you’re an official 826LA volunteer and have yet to attended a training, you’re almost ready to help a student with their personal statement!

Go to the Projects Calendar to sign up for one of the remaining trainings.

Not an 826LA volunteer yet?

You can still get involved by signing up here.

826LA’s College Application Essay Trainings

Saturday, October 13, 10 am to 1 pm (Manual Arts Writers’ Room)
Saturday, October 20, 10am to 1pm, Writers Room, Manual Arts HS
Friday, October 26, 10am to 1pm, Writers Room, Roosevelt HS

Go to the Projects Calendar to sign up for one of the remaining trainings.

Already attended a training

If you’re an official 826LA volunteer and have already attended a training, you’re almost ready to help a student with their personal statement!

Go to the Projects Calendar to sign up for one or both of dates of GLAPSW.


If you have any questions about Personal Statement Weekend or the trainings, please email Marisa. Thanks for supporting our work and our city’s high school seniors!

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

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