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What Working As an AmeriCorps VISTA at 826LA Taught Me

To commemorate AmeriCorps Week, taking place from March 9 to 13, we’re sharing remembrances from former VISTA members who are now on staff at 826LA. We begin our celebration with Birte Klug, our Mar Vista Programs and Operations Manager: My … read more

826LA In-Schools in Profile: Mark Twain Middle School

Mark Twain Middle School, home of the Shark, has been an integral part of the Venice/Mar Vista community since 1947 when post-war junior high schools sprung up through out the Westside. Since then, Twain has served its students with a … read more

826LA Is Turning 10, and So Is Angel!

826LA isn’t the only one celebrating a 10th birthday this year. Our student, Angel, who just began attending after-school tutoring in Echo Park a month ago, celebrated his 10th birthday On August 20, 2014. Angel said the best part of … read more

Stepping Into My Comfort Zone: An Intern Reflection by Florentino Cardona

Six months ago, the idea of being involved education was not at the top of my list. I had graduated from Cal State Fullerton in May 2014 and was looking for employment. Nothing was happening for me; I was not … read more

Field Trip Book of the Week: “To the Fun Feline Upstairs, Beautiful Bobby & Other Poems for a Belly-Aching Bobcat”

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

826LA Is Turning 10, and So Is Germany!

826LA isn’t the only one celebrating a 10th birthday this year. Our student, Germany, who attends after-school tutoring in Mar Vista, celebrated her 10th birthday over the weekend on March 1. “It was good ’cause my dad took me to … read more

Welcome the Winter Interns in Echo Park

826LA in Echo Park is fortunate to be working with seven amazing interns this winter, including returning interns Carolina Nolasco and Shelby DeWeese. Interns do a ton of work both seen and unseen: from talking with prospective volunteers to leading … read more

826LA Celebrates 50 Years of AmeriCorps VISTA: Ashley Ratcliff

826LA tells students that there are many ways to be a writer. Writing is a way for us to communicate who we are and what we want, whether that’s in a screenplay, in a personal statement for a college application, … read more

826LA Celebrates 50 Years of AmeriCorps VISTA: Mariesa Arrañga Kubasek

As 826LA in Echo Park’s Volunteer Outreach and Support Assistant VISTA, Mariesa Arrañga Kubasek’s sole focus is the lifeblood of 826LA: volunteers. During her months in this position, Mariesa has worked to recruit and train volunteers, to listen to their … read more

Bobby Verdugo Relives Historic Walkouts With Mendez High Students

“I had given up on myself, but I walked out for my brother and his friends, who were only freshmen, and for people I had never met, like all of you.” With these words, Bobby Verdugo explained to a captivated … read more