Field Trips to 826

for Middle and High Schools

High school students discussing writing around a workshop table

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

Podcasting Field Trip

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. American Conservatory Theater (A.C.T.) teaching artists will lead students in theater activities and vocal exercises before recording. 826 Valencia will then edit and produce the recordings that can be shared with the world. We currently offer two options: students can write and record a personal essay 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 with any questions. Request this field trip.

 Student Podcast Examples:

Twelfth graders from Downtown High School visited 826 Valencia’s Tenderloin Center to revise an engaging podcast about their community. Tina shares moments about here community and what she loves most about it.

Eight graders from KIPP Bayview Middle School worked with 826 tutors to revise a classroom assignment about a moment in time that mattered. Below, Becky describes the first time she saw the ocean:

Jovian shares his personal journey as a young basketball player:

Sixth graders in an ELL/ELD class from Francisco Middle School worked with 826 tutors to create personal narrative podcasts. Below, Sandra describes cozy day at home:

Twelfth-grade students from George Washington High School transformed neighborhood essays into an audio tour of San Francisco entitled, “Straight Outta Fog City”:

Students from Everett Middle School adapted their literary analysis essays and social issue research papers into podcasts with personal voice and style. Tully shares her opinion on women in video games:


 Personal Statement Field Trip

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 meaningfully 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 with any questions. Request this field trip.