Volunteers of the Month: February 2017

From 826LA in Echo Park: For Francesca, just thinking about volunteering for the Journalism Workshops at 826LA in Echo Park gets her excited. Helping kids find value in their experiences through writing has become a very important part of her life.

She believes that now, more than ever, is a vital time to teach the next generation of writers about the importance of thoughtful and responsible reporting. Outside of 826LA, Francesca works as a designer and art director. She has a real crush on the US Postal service, which has inspired her retail line of stationery and paper products, Lemonwood Imprints.

From 826LA in Mar Vista:
Max Stivers began volunteering for 826LA in April 2016 after complete strangers on the internet told him about how great it is here. While he mostly comes for TNT on Tuesday nights, he also likes to help out with poetry and fiction workshops on the weekends.

When not volunteering at 826LA, Max is usually just hard at work on his own writing, but he also enjoys baking, playing board games, or just hanging out at the beach. He’s always in search of new stories and new perspectives, so he’s glad to be volunteering in a place where other young authors can find their own voices.”

From 826LA at Manual Arts:
Deena Wahba is a former 826LA intern, and famous for inventing fire when she traveled to 1200 B.C. But these days, when she’s not volunteering with 826LA or running from the time travel police, she can either be found at Starbucks serving up delicious coffee or riding her bicycle around town. Deena also likes spending time playing fetch with her fluffy, four-legged travel companion, Drake.

Deena graduated from Cal Poly Pomona in 2015 with her degree in Sociology and is currently in the process of applying to graduate school for her MSW. Deena’s favorite 826LA publication thus far is Manual for Self-Care. Deena looks forward to having a career working with youth, but is mostly excited to retire and play bingo when she turns 65. 

To check out last month’s amazing volunteers, click here.

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