Organization ProfileMission Statement
826LA is a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting students ages 6 to 18 with their creative and expository writing skills, and to helping teachers inspire their students to write.
Our services are structured around our understanding that great leaps in learning can happen with one-on-one attention, and that strong writing skills are fundamental to future success.
With this in mind, we provide after-school tutoring, evening and weekend workshops, in-school tutoring, help for English language learners, and assistance with student publications.
All of our programs are challenging and enjoyable, and ultimately strengthen each student’s power to express ideas effectively, creatively, confidently, and in their individual voice.
Local: Los Angeles
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Commitment to Inclusion
826LA is committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) in fulfilling its mission. We see this commitment as necessary to building and maintaining the safe, supportive environment in which great leaps of learning occur. We believe in inclusion in recruiting volunteers, staff, and members of its Board of Directors and in relationships with families, educators, schools, and, most importantly, students. 826LA will not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, ethnicity, age, gender identity, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, nationality, immigration status, marital status, English fluency, parental status, military service, or disability.
STAFF AND BOARD
As 826LA staff and board members, we all benefit from developing awareness of the many cultural factors shaping our lives and the lives of our colleagues. We are tasked with representing 826LA to a wide variety of audiences: volunteers, students, teachers, parents, donors, the media, and more. It is to our advantage, individually and collectively, to take an active role in understanding and effectively communicating with people of all backgrounds.
826 was founded on the simple yet striking idea that caring, committed one-on-one attention from an adult can be instrumental in the life of a young person. We aim to provide meaningful volunteer opportunities for adults from all walks of life. A diverse volunteer base reflects the variety of student populations we serve, and communicates to students that 826 spaces are safe for everybody. We will actively consider diversity of race, gender, ethnicity, age, disability (etc) in recruiting volunteers, in training and appreciating volunteers, and in facilitating volunteers’ communication with students and each other.
We believe that confidence and dignity arise when students are asked, through writing, to place their experiences alongside those of others. In order for this to happen, young people in 826LA programs must feel safe to express themselves as individuals, under the guidance of our volunteers and staff. Students and volunteers create important mentorship relationships as they work side-by-side, which encourages students to think critically about their environments and communities. This leads not only to personal growth, but also to academic success as students broaden their worldview and sharpen their analytical skills. At 826LA we believe a diverse range of learning styles and intellectual interests can come together under the umbrella of writing, so we welcome students of all abilities to our programs. We believe that the worth of a student is inherent, and that any student can gain the tools to succeed in school and in life.
826LA is committed to being as accessible as possible to students, volunteers, and visitors of all abilities. Our Echo Park and Mar Vista Time Travel Marts and writing labs–including entrances and all-gender restrooms–are located at street level and are wheelchair accessible. These facilities were remodeled in 2005 or later, and meet ADA guidelines. Staff offices at these centers are accessible by stairs only. The 826LA Writers’ Room at Manual Arts High School is located on the second floor of a building that does not have elevators. Whenever possible, we will make accommodations (such as scheduling meetings downstairs) to meet the needs of our community. If you have specific questions or requests, please don’t hesitate to call or email us.
Arts and Culture, At-Risk Children and Youth, K-12 Education
1714 W Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90026
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Board charitable giving policy
We have a Give/Get policy. All board members are expected to contribute what is economically feasible for them and equal to or more than what they give to other organizations they support.
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