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826LA’s 8th Annual Great Los Angeles Personal Statement Weekend

It’s time to empower our future writers, activists, and community members. Our Eight Annual Great LA Personal Statement Weekend is on the horizon, and you are needed to help 200 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 never volunteered with 826LA before, our students need your help. You’ll spend the day 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 18, 10am to 3pm & Sun., November 19, 10am to 3pm
Where: Manual Arts High School
Who: 200 LAUSD high school seniors + 200 826LA volunteers (that’s you!)
What: One-on-one writing support as students finish college application essays
How: Every volunteer for this event must attend 826LA’s Navigating the New UC Essay Training.

All volunteers who participated in a 2016 or 2017 826LA training according to the new University of California overhauled personal statement section of the college application do not have to get retrained for this year’s GLAPSW. You are all set to volunteer for the 2017 GLAPSW.

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.

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.

Become a volunteer-for-a-day!

Have you always wanted to volunteer with 826LA, but haven’t had the time?  Do you know someone in your network that would enjoy being part of this momentous event? Here’s your chance.

Send or fill out this form to sign up as a one-time volunteer.


Upcoming personal statement trainings:

Saturday, September 23, 12:00pm – 3:00pm
826LA in Mar Vista

Saturday, October 14, 12:00pm – 3:00pm 
826LA in Echo Park

Monday, October 16, 6:30pm – 9:30pm
826LA in Mar Vista

Saturday, October 28, 9:00am – 12:00pm
826LA Writers’ Room at Manual Arts High School

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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