Arts, Culture, and Humanities

826La

  • Los Angeles, CA
  • http://www.826la.org

Mission Statement

826LA is a nonprofit organization with locations in Mar Vista and Echo Park; a satellite location at Manual Arts Senior High School; and relationships with more than 100 Los Angeles schools. We are 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 the understanding that great leaps in learning can happen with one-on-one attention and that strong writing skills are fundamental to students’ future success. With this approach and objective in mind, we provide in-school tutoring, assistance with student publications, after-school tutoring, workshops, and help for English language learners All of our programs are free, and our overriding goal is to help our students find their voice and give them the power to express that voice with creativity and confidence.

Main Programs

  1. After-School Tutoring
  2. Field Trips
  3. Workshops
  4. In-School Support
Service Areas

Self-reported

California

826LA serves students throughout Los Angeles County.

ruling year

2005

Principal Officer

Self-reported

Joel Arquillos

Keywords

Self-reported

Los Angeles, Echo Park, Mar Vista, LAUSD, 826LA, Time Travel

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EIN

38-3722092

 Number

5375694139

Physical Address

12515 Venice Blvd.

Los Angeles, CA 90066

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Arts Education/Schools (A25)

Educational Services and Schools - Other (B90)

Arts, Cultural Organizations - Multipurpose (A20)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Overview

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During the 2010-2011 year, we: worked with 2,367 volunteers and more than 8,200 students throughout L.A.; spent 198 days in classrooms to provide one-on-one support for 2,224 students; welcomed 4,758 students from 79 different schools to our centers for field trips and created a personalized chapbook for each student to take home; provided 274 days of after-school homework support to an average of 75 neighborhood students per day and published 15 chapbooks filled with essays and stories written by students; and engaged 982 students in 93 creative and motivating workshops taught by 445 volunteers, including professional authors, journalists, artists, and teachers!

Programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

After-School Tutoring

After-School Tutoring takes place Monday through Thursday. This program is offered to the public for free. Professionally-trained volunteer tutors help students complete homework assignments, improve literacy skills, and create pieces of original writing, which we publish in anthologies once a month and distribute to students free of charge.

Category

None

Population(s) Served

Children Only (5 - 14 years)

Youth/Adolescents only (14 - 19 years)

Ethnic/Racial Minorities -- General

Budget

Program 2

Field Trips

Up to four times a week, we welcome into our writing labs an entire public school classroom for a morning of high-energy learning. Field trips include Storytelling & Bookmaking, screenplay writing, "Choose Your Own Adventure" stories, spoken-word poetry, and, at a teacher's request, we will custom design a field trip to complement his or her curriculum.

Category

None

Population(s) Served

Children Only (5 - 14 years)

Youth/Adolescents only (14 - 19 years)

Ethnic/Racial Minorities -- General

Budget

Program 3

Workshops

826LA offers workshops that cover a wide spectrum of subjects, all designed to strengthen students' skills, foster their creativity, give them an opportunity to execute projects, and showcase their work to a wide audience. We keep classes small to ensure individualized attention. Recent classes have covered crafting college-application essays, designing imaginary countries, preparing for the SAT, and writing rock operas. During the summer, we also offer summer camp for English Language Learners (ELL) and a spoken word poetry camp for high school students.

Category

None

Population(s) Served

Children Only (5 - 14 years)

Youth/Adolescents only (14 - 19 years)

Ethnic/Racial Minorities -- General

Budget

Program 4

In-School Support

Our In-School Support Program provides critical support to overburdened public school teachers working in overcrowded classrooms. We bring our trained volunteers into the classroom to help reduce student-teacher ratios and provide one-on-one support to those students most in need. Before entering the classroom, our experienced staff works with teachers to craft projects that are engaging and target the curricular issue needing to be addressed. The sessions vary depending upon the age and academic level of the students and are
always focused on developing their writing skills. We offer a wide range of support: from classes working on a five-paragraph essay with English language learners to students writing their college application essays.

Category

None

Population(s) Served

Youth/Adolescents only (14 - 19 years)

Children Only (5 - 14 years)

Ethnic/Racial Minorities -- General

Budget

Service Areas

Self-reported

California

826LA serves students throughout Los Angeles County.

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Funding Needs

826LA most pressing need is general operating support to insure that we can continue to provide high quality programs to an ever-expanding population of underserved youth living in the Los Angeles area. 826LA is committed to supporting students age 6-18 with their creative and expository writing skills, skills that are fundamental to their future success. As the Los Angeles Unified School District faces even larger budget cuts and classroom sizes continue to grow, the need and demand for our services is growing exponentially. General operating support will help us in our efforts to meet the growing demand and give us the flexibility to meet the most pressing needs of our students and programs as they arise.

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Financials

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826LA
Fiscal year: Jul 01-Jun 30
Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant.

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Operations

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826La

Leadership

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Principal Officer

Joel Arquillos

BIO

Joel Arquillos is 826LA's
Executive Director. He taught social studies in the San Francisco Unified
School District for eight years. Joel is also a member of the National Writing
Project where he has presented and worked extensively on integrating web-based
technology into the teaching curriculum. Joel is a native Spanish speaker.

STATEMENT FROM THE Principal Officer

"I transferred to Los Angeles in 2008, where as Executive Director of 826LA I've enjoyed the eagerness, optimism, and commitment of the creative community. My work with 826 goes back to the beginning when our parent organization, 826 Valencia, first opened its doors. I was a teacher at Galileo High School, a large comprehensive public school in San Francisco. 826 Valencia honored me with their first teacher of the month award based on recommendations by my students, teachers, and parents. From that point on I welcomed 826 Valencia's tutors into my classroom to work with my students on a variety of writing projects. 

Through 826LA, we provide the kinds of vital services my classroom benefited from to even more schools across Los Angeles. It is my personal conviction that in order to properly educate and prepare our youth to take on tomorrow’s challenges and become tomorrow’s mentors and leaders, we need to bring our community of volunteers into classrooms in order to provide much-needed one-on-one support to the students that need it most."

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Jodie Evans

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