826LA Blog

Stacey’s “My Wishes – Age 11″ from “Street Lights Are Replaced With Gummy Bears”

My first wish would be candy. My second wish would be to win a science award and become a candy-maker. I would pick this because I love candy and want to learn how to make it for myself. I’d make … read more

Jesenia Visits the “Happiest Place on Earth”

Earlier this month, Tuesday and Thursday Night Tutoring student Jesenia visited Disneyland and California Adventure, after our Partners in Time members named the fourteen-year-old the winner of our second Disneyland essay contest. In responding to a writing prompt about the … read more

Adopt-A-Seat Volunteers Do a Stand-Up Job at 826LA

At the end of May, in front of a stage decorated with bright purple tinsel, our After-School Tutoring students read aloud pieces from the latest chapbook from Echo Park, Street Lights Are Replaced with Gummy Bears. In the audience, some … read more

We’re Hiring a Mar Vista Programs Assistant!

826LA is looking for someone to join our hard-working, passionate team as a part-time Programs Assistant at our Mar Vista location. Responsibilities include overseeing After-School Tutoring and supporting the center as bilingual liaison to families. The Programs Assistant will work … read more

826LA and Letters Live Raise $350K+ with “Tell Me A Story”

Tuesday night, June 16, was a very special evening for 826LA, as we commemorated a decade of serving more than 56,000 Los Angeles students with Tell Me A Story: A Celebration with Music and Letters for 826LA’s 10th Anniversary. Thanks … read more

826LA Is Turning 10, and So Is Jocelyn!

826LA isn’t the only one celebrating a 10th birthday this year. Our student, Jocelyn, who attends after-school tutoring in Echo Park, celebrated her 10th birthday over the weekend on June 20. We talked with the birthday girl about her big … read more

Meet the 2015 Echo Park Summer Associates!

We’re excited to introduce you to 826LA’s AmeriCorps Summer Associates serving in Echo Park! These amazing folks will be spending the summer with us, working closely with our English Language Learner Camp. Over the next few weeks, Summer Associates will … read more

L.A. Review of Books Digs Deep into 826LA’s Young Authors’ Book Project on Mendez v. Westminster

“Mendez on Mendez: High School Students in Boyle Heights Write About the Desegregation Case After Which Their School Is Named” Los Angeles Review of Books By Scott Doyle June 18, 2015 IN 1943, A DECADE BEFORE Brown v. Board of … read more

Barnacle’s Bookworms Students Take a Break to Read

The last Barnacle’s Bookworms workshop this spring in Echo Park took place on June 6. Barnacle’s Bookworms, which takes place on Saturday mornings, is a reading workshop designed to cultivate literacy skills and a love of reading in our elementary-aged … read more

KCRW’s Which Way L.A.? Speaks With Young Authors from 826LA’s 2015 Book Project

“Boyle Heights students honor their school’s namesake” KCRW’s Which Way L.A.? By Lisa Napoli June 17, 2015 Felicitas and Gonzalo Mendez High School in Boyle Heights is a living history lesson for the kids who attend it. Students learn about … read more