Welcome to 826 Valencia

Are you a student or parent?

It’s all about you. If you are a young person between the ages of six and eighteen and are are looking for help with your homework, a place to work on your writing skills, or academic support beyond your classroom, our doors are open. Prepare for your SATs and perfect your college-entrance essay. Publish a chapbook of your poetry. Sharpen your basic skills. Connect with professionals in your dream career field. Explore new genres of writing. Finish your homework with help from our tutors before the end of every school day. Get your story on paper. Submit your writing to The 826 Quarterly, or check out other student work in the Student Writing Gallery. Sign in to our website to register for a workshop, or — for college-bound students — learn about our college readiness programs.

Are you a teacher?

We value your hard work and we’re here to support you. We can tailor a field trip to meet your curricular needs, or dispatch a team of volunteers to your classroom door to assist with a project of your design. Through all of our teacher collaborations, we let the teachers lead — you’re the brains and we’re the brawn. Begin by learning about our programs and letting us know where we might be able to help. Find out how to nominate a colleague for our Teacher of the Month award. And don’t forget to let your students know about our free programs!

Are you/do you want to be a volunteer?

Thank you! We could not operate without the time and talents of our volunteers. If you are just getting started, visit our volunteer page for information about all of the dazzling possibilities that await you as an 826 volunteer. If you are already an 826 old-timer, sign in to the website to view upcoming volunteer opportunities and events designed with you in mind.