Programs

Tutoring

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During the school year we offer tutoring Monday through Thursday, for students ages 6–11; and in the evening, Tuesday and Thursday, for students ages 11–18.

Students gather into our writing labs at both 826LA in Mar Vista and 826LA in Echo Park to complete their homework, read, and respond to writing prompts. At each step of the way, a caring volunteer is within an arm’s reach to offer assistance. A student’s confidence is built when they share what they have written, and people listen. So several times a year, our young authors read their stories to encouraging audiences at chapbook release parties.

Like all of 826LA’s student programming, After-School Tutoring (AST) and Tuesday and Thursday Night Tutoring (TNT) are free. If you are interested in a space in one of these programs for your student, give us a call at the office!


ENROLLING IN 826LA’S TUTORING PROGRAMS

As an organization, 826LA aims to provide our free educational services to under-resourced schools, teachers, and students in Los Angeles. Due to high demand for 826LA’s tutoring programs, 826LA gives priority to students who meet the following requirements:

  • Students must qualify for Free or Reduced Priced Lunch (please note that the student does not have to be enrolled in this program)
  • Students must commit to the tutoring attendance policy
  • Students must commit to long-term and active participation in all parts of the tutoring program, including homework help, reading, and writing activities

If you or your student meet these qualifications and are interested in enrolling in our tutoring program, please call our offices at the following numbers to speak with a staff member. Please note that our tutoring programs are currently full, but we are taking names on our wait list.

If you or your student do not meet these qualifications, we encourage you to be a part of our Workshop program. You can find more information on 826LA workshops here. If you are unsure if you or your child qualifies for Free or Reduced Price Lunch, you can ask your school office. You may also check online at the Department of Agriculture website here.


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THE BASICS

AST

Every day of After-School Tutoring, our volunteers wait patiently until eager students charge our writing labs, with heads full of questions about language arts, math, and even sometimes those confounded piano chord progressions. Early on in the session, students work on their budding creative skills by tacking a daily writing prompt or revising an already-drafted piece. These works are refined, then collected and published in chapbooks we produce in-house three times a year. The process of writing and publishing with caring volunteer tutors turns our after-school sessions into an imagination factory, making our program a challenging and rewarding atmosphere for future scholars and aspiring authors.

While 826LA’s overall focus is on student writing, we happily help all students as they work on their homework. Our caring volunteers give students the one-on-one help they need, and their attention turns even the most tedious of assignments into an enjoyable afternoon of learning.

Either during a designated reading time or once their homework is complete, students may select a book from our in-house library (or bring their own reading), and settle down to read silently or aloud with a tutor.

TNT

During Tuesday and Thursday Night Tutoring, upper middle and high school students settle into our writing labs to work through their homework at subject-specific tables. Our dedicated volunteers not only help students with their homework, but also become a part of their journey to become published authors through chapbooks published in-house twice a year.

To fill these chapbooks, TNT students tackle creative writing prompts with the help of volunteers and small-group writing workshops. As in AST, these works are edited, refined, and then published into chapbooks, which are celebrated with release parties. Through this writing process, our TNT students are able to stretch their imaginations, wade through difficult subject matter, and develop their unique voices.


WHAT VOLUNTEERS DO IN TUTORING

Volunteers assist students with homework, reading, and writing. Our ideal ratio is 1 volunteer to 2 students, but the realities of our program mean that sometimes this ratio is higher, and sometimes it is lower. This means that another responsibility of volunteers is small group management: prioritizing students’ needs, asking students to work independently when they are able to, keeping the noise down at their table, and encouraging each student throughout the day. Volunteers are supported at all times and guided through the different components of tutoring by the point person in the room, which may be the staff member or intern managing the room during tutoring that day.

The structure of both AST and TNT varies slightly between Mar Vista and Echo Park.


IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN A SPACE IN THE PROGRAM
FOR YOUR STUDENT, GIVE US A CALL AT THE OFFICE!

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ECHO PARK
213-413-3388

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MAR VISTA
310-915-0200