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Welcome, Mariesa and Daisy

This week, 826LA welcomed two new AmeriCorps VISTA members for the 2014-2015 year! AmeriCorps VISTA, funded by the Corporation for National and Community Service, provides full-time members to nonprofit, faith-based and other community organizations, and public agencies to create and … read more

Destiny’s call to action

This summer, English-language learner students are headed to camp: 826LA’s ELL Camp that is! During ELL Camp, students are focusing on building their literary skills. This week, they learned about cause-and-effect relationships and writing persuasive letters. They practiced by discussing … read more

Meet the Summer Interns at 826LA in Mar Vista!

826LA in Mar Vista is fortunate to be working with four amazing interns this summer, two of whom were involved in 826LA’s programs as students! Interns do a ton of work both seen and unseen: from talking with prospective volunteers … read more

NBC-4 Gives a Nod to 826LA Kids Creating Pizzas at Mohawk Bend

“826LA Fundraiser: Kids Create Pizzas at Mohawk Bend” NBC-4 By Alysia Gray Painter July 14, 2014 Parents very often line up the makings for pizza — the crusts, the jars of sauce, the pepperoni, the chopped peppers and olives — … read more

Student Writing: Daijah interviews Dianna Agron for an essay on creativity

Creativity is mainly what I’m about: it’s me. I am different in multiple ways, and I like that about myself. I can never compare myself to someone else. Why? I was always the odd one in the family and among … read more

An aspiring teacher learns by volunteering

I knew I was the oddball in my family because I used my library card to check out books, and not as a tool to get in my house when I forgot my keys. So when it came time to … read more

Luis Rodriguez inspires students to write from the source

On June 18th, the students from this year’s Words, Spoken poetry workshop were reminded that writing comes from a source within ourselves. Luis Rodriguez, notable Chicano literary figure and author of the acclaimed novel Almost Running, told an audience of captivated … read more

Students whistle while they work at The Mixtape, a songwriting workshop

What is a song? How do you make one? These may be questions better suited for aesthetic philosophers, but last week 826LA students grappled with them anyway. At “The Mixtape,” our summer songwriting workshop, students listened to a variety of … read more

Skyping with the writers of The Mindy Project

All week long, students from our poetry workshop Words, Spoken have had the opportunity to learn from working writers. Chicana poet/intermedia artist Gloria Alvarez is leading this year’s workshop, which has included special guests Luis Rodriguez, Iris De Anda, Jane … read more

Introducing 826LA’s Summer Interns in Echo Park!

826LA in Echo Park is fortunate to have two new interns for this summer. Along with veteran spring intern Hannah Denyer, Kate Kuczynski and Tony Narisi are in the office several days a week, helping with day-to-day operations and supporting … read more