Volunteer to help Manual Arts High School students discover their inner authors

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826LA provides a variety of free programming throughout the week for students ages 6-18, designed to challenge and enchant while strengthening writing skills.

"I first heard about the amazing work 826LA was doing through a dear friend. I signed up immediately when I learned about the wonderful opportunity to share my passion for writing, social justice, and working with youth. I am thrilled to be a part of such a dedicated and caring team of folks doing transformative and necessary work in so many communities."

-Sophia, 826LA volunteer

Getting Started

There are three easy steps you need to take.

Attend a Volunteer Orientation where we share about 826LA, our programs, tips for being an effective volunteer, and more!

Complete a background check via Live Scan fingerprinting service, which you can also do so during a Volunteer Orientation with a Live Scan technician.

Sign up for shifts. Join our students at Manual Arts High School to help with a variety of writing projects, from applying to college to creative writing!

Check everything out and sign up for an orientation at https://826la.org/volunteer/writing-volunteer/

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About 826LA


1714 W. Sunset Blvd., LOS ANGELES, CA 90026, US

Mission 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 the 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, reading and creative writing workshops, in-schools projects, and field trips! 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. We have two brick and mortars in Mar Vista and Echo Park, as well as three Writers Rooms at Roosevelt High School, at Manual Arts High School, and at Venice High School.


We have a high need for volunteers to support our day time Field Trips and In-Schools programs. You can help facilitate brainstorming sessions and share-outs, type up student ideas, and support the editing process. You'll also have the opportunity to work one-on-one or with a small group of students, on various writing projects ranging from personal statement essays, Catcher in the Rye essays, poetry, creative writing, and everything in between.


Children & Youth
Education & Literacy
Children & Youth, Community, Education & Literacy


We'll work with your schedule.


Multiple locations Los Angeles, CA 90037




  • People 55+
  • Group


  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training

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