826LA Blog

Students of 826LA Featured on Lena Dunham’s “Women of the Hour”

Some of 826LA’s students were featured in a recent episode of Lena Dunham’s Women of the Hour podcast by Buzzfeed. Beginning at 17:18, they answer the question: “What does it mean to be a friend?” The greatest piece of advice? “Just … read more

Imagine your kids’ dreams coming true

Last winter, we introduced you to Katherine, who, like 826LA, was just about to turn 10. Katherine is now a fifth grader at Beethoven Elementary School in Mar Vista. Her mother Juventina brings Katherine and her brother Brandon to 826LA … read more

Volunteers of the Month: December 2015

From 826LA in Mar Vista: Beth Hagenlocker is a co-founder of the Detroit Creativity Project (DCP), a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that funds improv programs for Detroit middle and high school students. She serves as the DCP’s Treasurer. Through her work with … read more

Field Trip Book of the Week: “Feel Better, Molly! & Other Poems”

In this Field Trip Book of the Week, we’d like to highlight one of our favorite field trip lessons: the Well-Wishing & Poetry-Writing Field Trip! Students from grades 2 through 5  join us on this field trip to write poems … read more

Meet 826LA’s Newest Partner—Team One

826LA is proud to announce its newest volunteer partnership with Team One, an LA-based advertising agency that brings people together from multiple fields to collaborate as one on unique projects for remarkable clients. They believe in the tremendous advantage of having many … read more

The Mendez Effect: High school students turn authors for book inspired by landmark California desegregation case

California Educator, the California Teachers Association Magazine, recently featured 826LA’s 2015 Young Authors’ Book Project: We Are Alive When We Speak for Justice. With the support of 826LA volunteers, fifty-seven students from Felicitas and Gonzalo Mendez High School in Boyle … read more

“So what’s next?”: Interning with 826LA at Manual Arts High School

This semester, 826LA welcomed a new intern into the Writers’ Room at Manual Arts High School: Joana Osorio. During her time with us, Joana has not only tutored students during Personal Statement Workshops, but helped strengthen the friendly and encouraging … read more

Time Travel Mart Creative Spotlight: Ashlyn Anstee

Today, we caught up with one of our favorite illustrators (and time travelers), Ashlyn. Ashlyn has illustrated several chapbook covers for 826LA’s tutoring program and has led various workshops for the organization, including her upcoming picture book workshop, Show, Don’t Tell. Her … read more

Student Writing: Natalie’s “Thursday”

So today was like any other day. It’s 7:55, and I’m walking to first period, history in A’s class. Room 100. The class I’m forced to show up in a sweater to, because the A/C is always on. Boring old … read more

Parent Perspectives: Fausto Curiel

Here at 826LA, we are lucky to have the support of so many amazing parents and student caregivers. This week we sat down with Fausto Curiel, father of two After-School Tutoring students, Samuel and Jose. This is what he had to … read more