Field Trips to 826

for grades 3-12

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We now offer field trip experiences for high school, middle, and elementary school classes who would like to visit the 826 Valencia Tenderloin Center for a day of writing and revising. Field trips can be scheduled Tuesday through Friday.

Podcasting Field Trip for High and Middle School Classes:

This field trip is for students in grades five – twelve (30 students max), and takes place in approximately 4.5 hour sessions. 

Bring your classroom content to life with a podcasting field trip to the Tenderloin Center! During the trip, volunteer tutors support students as they learn about podcasts and write and record their own. Students will gain a better understanding of how to create a compelling introduction, write with specific details, and show the significance of their ideas. An American Conservatory Theater (A.C.T.) teaching artist leads students in theater activities and vocal exercises before recording. 826 Valencia then edits and produces the recordings that can be shared with the world.

We currently offer three options: students can write a personal essay podcast, a personal identity poetry podcast, or we can help students revise, adapt, and record writing they’ve done in the classroom. You can see what this program looks like in action and hear firsthand about its effect on students here, in a fantastic short video made by Ms. DeRego from Herbert Hoover Middle School!

Contact Programs Coordinator Kona Lai at kona@826valencia.org with any questions. Request this field trip.

 Student Podcast Examples:

Eighth graders from Presidio Middle School worked with 826 tutors to revise a classroom assignment about a moment in time that mattered. Below, Ethan describes the challenges of being a “big, friendly giant.”

Eighth graders from Aptos Middle School worked with 826 tutors to revise a classroom essay that makes connections between a historical event and a contemporary issue. Below, Ava reflects on the abolitionist movement and the Black Lives Matter movement.


Personal Statement Field Trip for High School Classes:

This field trip is for high school students (30 students max), and takes place in approximately 3 hour sessions.

If you’re tackling personal statements with your students, 826 Valencia can help! Bring your class to our Tenderloin Center, where volunteers will work with your students to develop their stories and experiences into concise, powerful essays. We are responsive to your students’ needs and where they are in the writing process, helping them to brainstorm and write a new piece or make meaningful revisions to their draft. We can also offer special support on the new personal insight questions in the University of California application. By the end of the field trip, students will leave with a draft of reflective writing that shows their strengths and voice. Contact Programs Coordinator Kona Lai at kona@826valencia.org with any questions. Request this field trip.


Podcasting Field Trip for Elementary School Classes:

This field trip is for students in grades three – five (30 students max), and takes place in approximately 3.5 hour sessions. 

In this trip, students reflect on their background, identity, and passions to craft a “Where I’m From” poem with descriptive and figurative language. During the trip, volunteer tutors support students as they learn about podcasts and write and record their own. An American Conservatory Theater (A.C.T.) teaching artist leads students in theater activities and vocal exercises before recording. 826 Valencia then edits and produces the recordings that can be shared with the world. You can check out some of our students’ poetry podcasts below or on our SoundCloud page.

Contact Programs Coordinator Kona Lai at kona@826valencia.org with any questions. Request this field trip.

 Student Podcast Examples:

Third graders from Boys & Girls Club — Columbia Park worked with 826 Valencia tutors to write a “Where I’m From” poem. Below, Eric shares the many places he’s been and where he hopes to go.