826LA’s Top 10 Accomplishments of 2016

It’s the last day of the year! Join us as we reflect on all that the 826LA community has achieved this year. Here are 826LA’s Top 10 Accomplishments of 2016, in no particular order: 

New Strategic Plan: 826LA launched a new, 3-year strategic plan with four key priorities: growing our volunteer base, brand awareness, programming, and operations.

21,320 Hours Volunteered: This year volunteers gave an incredible amount of hours. We even had a super group of individuals who each gave 100 or more hours of their time — volunteering a total of 3,246.75 hours!

Served twice as many students at Manual Arts High School: One Manual Arts student said, “Just keep the best organization to ever step foot on campus.” Don’t worry, we’re not going anywhere! Click here to read about what’s been happening at the 826LA Writers’ Room at Manual Arts.

Tell Me a Story: June 2 was a very special evening. 826LA celebrated eleven years of serving Los Angeles students and our second annual Tell Me a Story event! Thanks to the support of many, including our partners, 826LA raised more than $450,000 to help fund our summer English Language Learner Camp and other free programs for kids.

Young Author’s Book Project: What is the inescapable impact of a single moment? We posed this question to 65 students from Ánimo Venice Charter High School and, after deep self-reflection and months of hard work, Each Little Leaf was born. With a foreword by civil rights figure Dolores Huerta, this book is filled with personal moments through beautiful storytelling. Get your own copy here.

Students Penned Target Commercials: This summer, students wrote stories that came to life as part of Target’s first ever completely kid-created Back to School ad campaign! The commercials even took a young writer all the way to New York. Check out the commercials here.

Student Reads at Sundance Next Fest: 14-year old Nadia shared three original pieces on stage at the Ace Hotel in Downtown Los Angeles at this summer’s Sundance Next Fest.

The Broad x 826LA: Since The Broad opened in September 2015, 826LA students have visited the museum many times. As part of the Art+Rhyme and Art+Story programs, students visited the collection and respond the way 826LA students know best — in writing. Read a selection of the creative responses here.

Team One Adopts 10 Field Trips As New Corporate Partner: This year Team One, an advertising agency located in Playa Vista, adopted 10 Field Trips at 826LA. Read more about our partnership with Team One and all the fun we had here.  

826LA Students Run For PresidentDuring the election, students tried their hands at campaigning by thinking about the future of their world, drafting campaign goals, and writing their own slogans. These campaigns reflected the imaginative power of each student and their endless ability to inspire hope. Check out the campaigns here.

As 826LA goes forward into the new year, we say thank you to the students, volunteers, educators, and friends that continue to push us forward. Click here to find out more about how you can get involved with us in 2017 and beyond.

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