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826LA & College Track Personal Statement Workshops

“So you’re the writing experts?”

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

On the third floor of the Mayor’s office in Boyle Heights is College Track, an organization that recruits students from underserved communities and works continuously with them from the summer before ninth grade through college graduation. This ten-year program provides students with comprehensive academic support, leadership training, financial and college advising, and scholarships.

826LA has been working with College Track for three years. For two weeks every summer, 826LA comes equipped with trained volunteers ready to work one-on-one with College Track students to listen to their life experiences, accomplishments, and challenges and help them write compelling statements for college admission.

 — Angelica Butiu, AmeriCorps VISTA College Access Summer Associate 

“My tutor was enthusiastic and willing to hear my story. She was helpful and gave me great feedback that I can use for
other writing.”

— Abby, College Track Student 


It’s summer, but rising seniors are still hard at work. 826LA is hosting personal statement training sessions and volunteer orientations all summer long.

Sign up below for a volunteer orientation and help LAUSD students stand out in their college applications!

Volunteer Orientation


Read more about our personal statement work here.

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