One needs to be at least 16 years old to be a volunteer or intern for 826LA, but that hasn’t stopped many of our teen students from Tuesday and Thursday Night Tutoring (TNT) from gaining a head start. Many of 826LA’s students are eager to give back to the organization that they have been a part of for years, and they do so by joining the Youth Advisory Board (YAB). By planning events such as the Mar Vista Winnie the Pooh Movie Night and the 826LA Time Travel Mart Gift Wrapping event in Echo Park, this board has become a first-step to supporting our non-profit organization. Read about some of our YAB events that happened this winter below:
YAB members in both Mar Vista and Echo Park were busy throughout February putting on events to bring 826LA communities together while raising funds for 826LA. Together, they planned a movie outing and a Valentine’s Day photoshoot, and celebrated Dr. Seuss Day with a family movie night, potluck, and raffle.
In an effort to bond, YAB members planned a Saturday outing to the movie theater. They watched a silly movie and ate snacks together. This was the first team-building event planned for YAB Students, and it was a great experience for the teens before they began preparing for their Valentine’s Day photoshoot on February 14th. During After-School Tutoring and Tuesday and Thursday Night Tutoring, students were welcomed into the 826LA writing lab for a Valentines Day celebration! Youth Advisory Board members set up a glittery photo booth and props. Students were able to a purchase a Polaroid picture for a small donation and decorate them with fun stickers and markers.
Two weeks later, the board members in Echo Park invited our community to recognize Dr. Seuss Day with viewing of The Lorax and cupcakes! They raised funds for 826LA by raffling off a basket of school supplies and Time Travel Mart products. Together, the crosstown Youth Advisory Board members raised funds for future 826LA community events!
The YAB students in Mar Vista and Echo Park are excited to join forces and plan an event for our extended 826LA family in the near future. Congratulations on accomplishing a busy winter of events and bringing the community together!