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826LA’s Top 10 Accomplishments of 2017

We’re ready to ring in 2018! Join us as we reflect on 2017 and all that the 826LA community achieved throughout the year. Here are 826LA’s Top 10 Accomplishments of 2017, in no particular order: 

22,035 Hours Volunteered: This year 1,238 volunteers gave an unbelievable number of hours to 826LA. We even had an all-star group of individuals who each gave 100 or more hours of their time in the 2016 to 2017 academic year — volunteering a total of 2,538.84 hours! Read about these volunteers’ experiences here.

Young Authors’ Book Project: In commemoration of the 25th anniversary of the 1992 Los Angeles uprisings, students at Alain Le Roy Locke High School in Watts reflected on the history of their community by studying  Anna Deavere Smith’s Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992 and interviewing four scholars, writers, and community leaders. YABP students focused on understanding their present and imagining their futures and the future of their beloved city. Check out the finished publication and read more here.

Youth Talent Show Podcast: This past spring, six students from our Mar Vista Tuesday and Thursday Night Tutoring program met weekly to write, produce, and edit 826LA’s very first Youth Talent Show Podcast. Read more and listen to the podcast in both English and Spanish here.

ELL Camp at Nickelodeon Animation Studios: Students at our English Language Learners (ELL) Camp visited Nickelodeon Studios for a mini-workshop where they created characters with the help of Nickelodeon artists and writers. Back at the writing lab, students then got to write their very own television show inspired by their characters with the help of a Nickelodeon creator and executive producer. See photos from Nickelodeon studios here. Read more about this year’s ELL camp here.

Tell Me a Story: June 7 was an evening to remember with a hilarious look back at stories from childhood. 826LA celebrated twelve years of serving Los Angeles students at our third annual Tell Me a Story gala at the Avalon in Hollywood! Thanks to the support of many, 826LA raised more than $475k to help fund our Young Authors’ Book Project publication Each Little Leafwritten by 65 students from Ánimo Venice Charter High School. Take a look back at the event here

Summer Writers’ Workshop x Star Montana: Students at our Summer Writers’ Workshop visited the The Main Museum for a special artist talk and workshop with Boyle Heights native Star Montana. The workshop was inspired by the exhibition, I Dream of Los Angeles. Read more here. Check out the LA Weekly piece on Star Montana and 826LA here.

826LA’s Inaugural Half Half Half Half Half Marathon: This fall, volunteers, supporters, family, and friends raced to raise over $42k to benefit 826LA’s free writing programs at our first ever “0.826 mile” marathon at the Los Angeles State Historic Park. See photos from the event and read more here.

The Writers’ Room at Manual Arts High School highlights: 94% of the 2017 senior class that graduated and went to a four-year university or community college worked with a trained 826LA tutor in the Writers’ Room at Manual Arts on personal statements and/or scholarship essays for college applications. Scholarships earned by students with support from the Writers’ Room totaled $104,300.

Cartoon Network x 826 National PartnershipWorking in collaboration with Cartoon Network, 826 National’s eight chapters created the Inclusion Storytelling Project, a series of writing workshops for students to inspire stories of kindness, compassion, and empathy. 826LA was the first of the 826 family to celebrate this partnership with chapbook release parties with our After-School Tutoring publications “Sorry, Can We Be Friends?” and “A Friend That Will Never Be Called Enemy.” See photos from the event and read more here.

First Annual Holiday Lit Mart826LA’s first ever Holiday Lit Mart, celebrated alongside the annual Echo Park Community Parade and the Echo Park Shop Hop, was a special afternoon where our writing lab was transformed into a festive book fair complete with readings by local LA authors. See photos from the event and read more 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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