Downtown Magnets High School grads visit over the winter break

As we returned to the office after the holidays, we were thrilled to receive two visits and one phone call from three of our Youth Advisory Board alumnae, excited to report back on their adventures and successes after their first time away from home.

Yesenia called from Hampshire College in Massachusetts, where she has already returned for a January term. She had a successful and busy semester as part of the James Baldwin Scholars Program and is ready for the next half of the year.

Michelle taught us about Norway winters and organic farming with an update of her WWOOF term, World Wide Opportunites on Organic Farms, and discussed her plans to enroll at St. John’s College next year.

Liliana surprised us with a visit and a beautiful fruit basket accompanied by a very sweet note during her winter break from Syracuse University. She revealed that she discovered a passion for science and is now on the pre-med track.

Dear 826LA:

I cannot stress with words how much I appreciate the help you provide for kids, teenagers, and young adults. You’ve given most of us a voice and have even helped define our goals. On behalf of everyone, thank you.

“Give someone a fruit basket and you’ll feed them for a day. Teach them how to plant a tree and you’ll feed them for life.”

826LA provides students with knowledge, skills, and attitudes that will feed us for life.

My first semester of college was was exhilarating, new, and memorable. Thank you for helping me along the way and showing me that sí se puede. There is so much that I learned about myself and the people around me and I want to continue to learn and grow. Thank you again.

With Love,


All three students graduated from Downtown Magnets High School and served as very important ambassadors for 826LA by creating engaging workshops and recruiting more students to our programs.

We were delighted to see some of our favorite young women again, and we can’t wait to see what they learn and how they grow this spring!


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