826LA Blog

826LA Is Turning 10, and So Is Jeovanny!

826LA isn’t the only one celebrating a 10th birthday this year. Our student, Jeovanny, who attends after-school tutoring in Echo Park, turned 10 on March 26. Asked what he wants to be when he grows up, he said, “I’m still … read more

Karina’s “Science in My Life” from “Off to a Treacherous Corner”

Science is everywhere. It’s in your shoes, your bedroom, in the air, in space, in you. Most importantly, it is in schools. I have always loved my high school science classes. Not because of the friends I have made in … read more

Volunteers of the Month: May 2015

From 826LA in Echo Park: What did the mother buffalo say to the baby buffalo when he was leaving for school? Tommy Honton is a great person who brings stuff to students and knows everything. He might work for the … read more

826LA Turns 10: An Interview With “Tell Me A Story” Chairman Louis Lucido

It was his passion for education that led Louis Lucido, Chief Operating Officer and founding member of DoubleLine Capital, to join 826LA’s board of directors in 2013. Lou (as his friends call him) was sitting next to Jodie Evans, founding … read more

Meet the Time Travel Mart Staff: Maribel Barcena

Ever wonder who the friendly folks are who greet you in the Time Travel Mart? We’d love for you to meet one of these awesome people: Maribel Barcena. You can find her behind the counter in the Echo Park Time Travel … read more


WE ARE ALIVE WHEN WE SPEAK FOR JUSTICE by students of Felicitas and Gonzalo Mendez High School with a foreword by Sylvia Mendez Now Available for Preorder In We Are Alive When We Speak for Justice, fifty-seven students from Mendez … read more

Field Trip Book of the Week: “Catastrophe in Paris”

We are proud to present our latest installment of our Field Trip Book of the Week series: a Small Group Storytelling masterpiece written by students of Sandra Cisneros Learning Academy in Echo Park. Ms. Snodgrass’ seventh-grade students spent the morning … read more

Ask a Volunteer: Feelin’ Nervous, Part One

A few weeks back, we introduced a feature called Ask a Volunteer, where people can anonymously ask questions about volunteering at 826LA, questions that will be answered by other 826LA volunteers. We’ve gotten some questions in and we noticed a … read more

Retired Programmer Margie “Gets Into the Act” by Volunteering at 826LA

In commemoration of Older Americans Month, which happens every May, 826LA is honoring our retired volunteers. Get to know the individuals who exemplify this year’s theme of “Get Into the Act” by investing in the education of young people while … read more

826LA Is Turning 10, and So Is Yahir!

826LA isn’t the only one celebrating a 10th birthday this year. Our student, Yahir, who recently began attending after-school tutoring in Mar Vista, celebrated his 10th birthday on November 26, 2014. He celebrated the occasion with his cousins, a piñata, … read more