826LA Blog

“GOOD Magazine” Highlights 826LA’s Fifth Annual Great L.A. Personal Statement Weekend

“Learning to Tell Their Own Stories to Better Their Futures” Good Magazine By Manuel Rapada November 19, 2014 Marilyn Ortega could use a binder. She laughs awkwardly as she pages through transcripts, letters, and other loose papers in her lavender … read more

Officer Pulido Connects With Students at Manual Arts High

A familiar face to the students and faculty of Manual Arts Senior High School, Officer Paul Pulido of the Los Angeles School Police Department has left a mark upstairs in the College Center volunteering with 826LA. 826LA is wrapping up … read more

826LA’s Celebrating 10 Years, and So Are Marisa and Jorge!

826LA isn’t the only one celebrating 10 years! Our very own Marisa Urrutia Gedney, Director of Education in Echo Park, and her partner Jorge Alonso Segura, a teacher and longtime 826LA volunteer, just celebrated their 10-year anniversary on November 1 … read more

Field Trip Book of the Week: “The First Day: Misadventures in Middle School”

We are proud to present the latest installment of our Field Trip Book of the Week series: a Choose Your Own Adventure masterpiece, written by students from Clover Avenue Elementary School. We offer teachers we’ve worked with in the past … read more

826LA Listed As an “Awesome Volunteer Opportunity for Angelenos Looking to Give Something Back”

“16 Awesome Volunteer Opportunities in Los Angeles for Angelenos Looking to Give Something Back” We Like L.A. By Sina Lewis November 5, 2014 8. 826LA 826LA is a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting students ages 6 to 18 with their … read more

NOW Students Partner With Reading Buddies for Small Group Storytelling

On Hallows Eve, we had the great pleasure of having Ms. Garcia’s eighth and ninth grade class from New Open World Academy (NOW) visit and attend our Small Group Storytelling field trip. With eager smiles and engaging attitudes they came … read more

Volunteers of the Month: November 2014

From 826LA in Manual Arts Senior High School: Catherine O’Sullivan was born in Hollywood, and grew up in the San Fernando Valley, where she majored in philosophy at Cal State University, Northridge. A lifelong writer and award-winning journalist with the … read more

“I know that I can’t change the weather, but I can change the situations that people face.”

For us at 826LA, the fall season is personal statement season. Personal statement essays are some of the most challenging, profound, and wonderful pieces of writing that high school students compose. The entire process is scary and difficult for students, … read more

826LA Turns 10: An Interview With First Board Chair Sally Willcox

For Sally Willcox, 826LA isn’t just a wonderful organization–it’s a big part of who she is. “I always say that 826LA is a part of my DNA, and . . . I still refer to 826LA in the first person … read more

M&C Saatchi Team, 826LA Students Unleash Creativity with Product Posters

Sometimes all it takes is a little brutal simplicity to get the job done, a team of creatives were reminded with the help of ten 826LA students. Art directors and copywriters from creative branding and marketing agency M&C Saatchi LA … read more