Volunteers of the Month: December 2017

From 826LA at Manual Arts: 
Alexis Sterling spent ten years as an independent college counselor and academic consultant before “retiring” to focus full-time on film production. She didn’t get a full academic year out before admitting she missed the energy and excitement of application season, so she joined T’s personal statement squad at Manual Arts High School.

Beyond a general love of and daily dedication to storytelling, Alexis finds nothing more inspiring than watching a student find their unique voice. She’s gearing up for the madness of the 8th Annual Great Los Angeles Personal Statement Weekend and is looking forward to exploring more 826LA programs after college application deadlines.



From 826LA in Echo Park:
Hilary Hattenbach is an LA native, published author, storyteller, tap dancer in training, and former entertainment executive. She’s been volunteering with 826LA Echo Park since 2009 and loves to help kids craft stories and unleash their creativity.

826LA has been an incredibly rewarding experience for Hilary, and she believes working with young students has helped her maintain a sense of wonder and humor in her own writing. The co-author of the Kitchen Decoded Cookbook, her work has also been featured in Entropy magazine, Chicken Soup for the Soul, and The Eastsider. Most recently, Hilary was a featured storyteller in KPCC’s “Unheard LA” series.



From 826LA in Mar Vista:

Christian Yetter is a 30 year dude from Manhattan, Kansas (which, yes, is named after the real place). He spent 4 years teaching ESL in Korea before eventually winding up here in LA doing the aspiring writer thing (aka works in advertising). He mostly volunteers through Barnacles Bookworms though he’s also run the odd workshop on hyperspecific story theory. In his spare time he designs very boring board games and falls down a lot trying to do yoga.


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