826LA

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

Mission

826LA is dedicated to supporting students ages 6 to 18 with their creative and expository writing skills and to helping teachers inspire their students to write. 826LA's 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, 826LA provides in-school tutoring, assistance with student publications, after-school tutoring, workshops, and help for English language learners. All programs are free, and the overriding goal is to help our students find their voice and give them the power to express that voice with creativity and confidence.

Notes from the nonprofit

Check out our Annual Report (http://826la.org/about/annual-report/) and 2019-2021 Strategic Plan (http://826la.org/about/strategic-plan/)! If you'd like to learn more about volunteering, please visit 826LA.org/volunteer. For educators and families interested in bringing students to 826LA, please visit 826LA.org/programs. To become an 826LA supporter, please visit 826LA.org/donate. Thank you!

Ruling year info

2005

Principal Officer

Joel Arquillos

Main address

1714 W. Sunset Blvd.

Los Angeles, CA 90026 USA

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EIN

38-3722092

NTEE code info

Arts Education/Schools (A25)

Educational Services and Schools - Other (B90)

Arts, Cultural Organizations - Multipurpose (A20)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

826LA was founded in 2005 to address the need for academic and literacy support for Los Angeles students. Since that time, 826LA has served more than 75,000 students, working with 9,955 last year alone. All programs are supported by 826LA’s corps of over 1,000 trained and active community volunteers. 826LA volunteers provide one-on-one homework support, tutor students on their writing assignments, mentor students through the college application process, and lead writing-based workshops. These volunteers guide students through the creative process and provide support for teachers and families in under-resourced schools and communities. 826LA presents a sustainable way to provide educational programs and individualized attention to students; by offering all programs for free, 826LA breaks down barriers that might prevent students from learning and families from accessing this level of high-quality, consistent, and personalized instruction for their children.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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

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.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

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.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

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.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

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.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of students educated through field trips

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adolescents, Children, Low-income people, Working poor, Immigrants

Related Program

Field Trips

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Total number of volunteer hours contributed to the organization

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adolescents, Children, Preteens, Low-income people, Working poor

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of volunteers

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adolescents, Children, Preteens, Working poor, Low-income people

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of students enrolled

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adolescents, Children, Preteens, Low-income people, Working poor

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

With innovative curriculum, intensive writing projects, and encouraging mentors, 826LA helps students build their communication and literacy skills. 826LA provides students with one-on-one support for academic and extracurricular writing projects, which they may not always receive in a classroom setting. This unique approach establishes habits of mind: developing persistence and discipline, improving self-confidence, and imparting a sense of accomplishment. Our spaces provide a comfortable, consistent, and creative environment in which all students can learn and grow.

Anticipated program outputs and outcomes below were developed as part of 826LA’s 2019-2021 strategic plan and outline the organization’s goals in the four following priority areas:
1) Expand students served with increased student impact to serve mission.
2) Grow, retain, and diversify volunteer base at Writers’ Rooms and beyond to support growth goals.
3) Grow fundraising and strengthen brand awareness to expand reach.
4) Build a thriving team, culture, and work practices to enable future growth.

After scaling at an ambitious rate over the last few years, 826LA is now set to strategically refine how programs are delivered to best meet the needs of underserved students in Los Angeles. With strong volunteer support, a well-trained staff, and dedicated Board of Directors, we are confident in our ability to meet our strategic plan goals.

826LA presents a sustainable way to provide educational programs and individualized attention to economically disadvantaged children. By offering all programs for free, 826LA breaks down barriers that might prevent students from learning and families from accessing this level of high-quality, consistent, and personalized instruction for their children.

In the 2018 fiscal year, 826LA:
-Worked with 9,955 students from low-income communities;
-Provided free tutoring to 253 students;
-Hosted 195 creative writing field trips for 4,922 students from local schools;
-Supported 825 students at Manual Arts High School, a 154% increase from when the Writers’ Room first opened in 2013;
-Partnered with 258 teachers across Los Angeles; and
-Produced 263 student-written publications.

Financials

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826LA

Board of directors
as of 7/12/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Susan Ko

Terena Eisner

Louis Lucido

DoubleLine Group

Claire Hoffman

Scott Ginsburg

Boulevard Partners

Matthew Cherniss

WGN America

Henry Chase

DoubleLine Group

Susan Ko

Sarah Varet

Eileen Shields

Frank Quintero

Yucaipa Properties

Ben Au

Durie Tangri

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 07/12/2021

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Hispanic/Latino/Latina/Latinx
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

No data

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Disability

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