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Nature Week loses a dinosaur, gains a few new animal species

The rousing debates and café calamities of our first week of English Language Learner camp (Food Week) were a tough act to follow, but with our second week of camp — Nature Week! — we certainly gave it our best shot. Students … read more

Roar Shack presents “Pieces” at 826LA in Echo Park on August 2, 2015

Roar Shack is a collective of writers and artists, and over the coming months they’re going to bring you voices. Some of them come from fiction, some from memoir, some from poetry, and from music and performance and just about … read more

This Barnacle’s Bookworm Has a Plan

He may not know what he’d like to be when he grows up quite yet, but for now, Cristofer has one very important goal in mind: read all nine books in the Bone series. Since coming to Barnacle’s Bookworms at … read more

Cut & Paste Workshop Inspires Zinesters

Last month, 826LA in Mar Vista had the pleasure of putting on a weeklong workshop exploring DIY and small-print media. Cut and Paste: the Art of the ‘Zine saw fourteen students work from Monday, June 15 through Friday, June 19 … read more

Summer Writing Series: Sergio’s “Mark the Mountain”

This is Mark the Mountain. His best friend is Tony the Bird. Together, they talk about how awesome it would be to travel to different places. Mark is happiest when it rains a lot so he could drink water, and … read more

Become an 826LA Volunteer to Help Students Get Into College

Crafting personal statements is one of the most powerful examples of writing as a tool for empowerment and equal access. We at 826LA have seen this to be true in our work with students time and time again. This fall, … read more

Volunteer Voices: Erika Svenningsen

About halfway through my first morning volunteering with my soft-spoken and shy nine-year-old reading buddy, Bruno, he looked up at me and asked, “Will you be here every day?” And . . . I was hooked. Of course, I had … read more

Meet Three New VISTAs: Michael, Josh & T

Last week, 826LA welcomed three new AmeriCorps VISTA members for the 2015-2016 school year! AmeriCorps VISTA members are committed to bringing individuals and communities out of poverty. VISTAs make a year-long, full-time commitment to serve on a specific project that … read more

826LA Welcomes Emmanuel Portillo, Echo Park’s New Programs Coordinator!

826LA is excited and proud to introduce our new Programs Coordinator! Emmanuel Portillo will be running our After-School Tutoring and Tuesday and Thursday Night Tutoring programs, as well as our Youth and Parent advisory boards in Echo Park. Emmanuel is … read more

Raymundo Has Become a Bookworm, Thanks to 826LA’s Workshop

This has been a big year for student Raymundo. On August 9, 2014, he turned ten, just like 826LA, and he’s discovered a new passion for books since spending Saturday mornings reading at Barnacle’s Bookworms. Ray, as he’s known around … read more