Summer at 826
School might be out for the summer, but the learning doesn’t stop at 826 Valencia. We offer two main programs and an array of specialized workshops to keep our students’ brains humming. Just like our school-year offerings, we aim to provide programming that is rigorous and fun. As summer approaches, be sure to keep an eye on our calendar for upcoming events and workshops.
Exploring Words Summer Camp
Each summer we partner with Mission Learning Center to offer a six-week writing camp for elementary-school students. The camp runs all day Monday through Thursday and provides a balance of reading, writing, and — because it’s summer — two hours of outdoor activities. The camp is open to 75 students, and is crafted with our project-based learning model in mind. While catching up to grade level in their literacy skills, students conduct science experiments and create chapbooks and performances with the one-on-one support of 826′s tutors.
Young Authors’ Workshop
This August, 826 Valencia will host its eleventh annual Young Authors’ Workshop. The Young Authors’ Workshop (YAW) is a one-week intensive writing camp for Bay Area students entering grades ten through twelve. This is a great opportunity for students to team up with one another and with the support of professional writers, poets and spoken word artists to craft amazing work. The camp is open to thirty students attending Bay Area high schools who are excited to embark on a transformative journey as they develop their writerly voices. Preference will be given to students attending SFUSD high schools.
The camp features writing workshops and seminars led by guest authors, musicians, and filmmakers, which in past years have included Daisy Hernández, Gene Yang, Hilton Als, Leticia Hernández, Michael Chabon, Sean San Jose, Spike Jonze, StephenElliott, Thao Nguyen, ZZ Packer, and more.
- enthusiastic young people entering grades 10 through 12
- students excited to participate in a creative and supportive community of peers
- students who find writing a challenging task and are interested in developing their writing skills
If admitted into the summer 2013 cohort, it is mandatory for students to attend all sessions and actively participate. Please take a look at the schedule below to decide if this is a good fit for your schedule.
Thursday, August 1: Meet and Greet
Monday, August 5- Thursday, August 8: Workshops
Friday, August 9: Reading
10:00 AM to 5:00 PM each day.
If you meet the criteria and are attending a Bay Area high school this spring, complete the application and submit to Raúl J. Alcantar by Friday, May 31 (Deadline has been extended) at 5 PM to be considered. Preference will be given to students attending SFUSD high schools.
We also amp up our selection of evening and weekend workshops during the summer months, which, as always, are free of cost. Keep your eye on our calendar for upcoming workshops, because they do tend to fill up quickly during the summer. For more information and a general FAQ about workshops, please visit our workshops page.