We don’t really want to get too into us right now. We run a pirate store. The less you know about us the better. Understand? Let’s just say that none of us are named “Petey”, none of us like the cut of anybody’s jib, and none of us has any fingerprints. Actually, many of us don’t have all of our fingers and one of us is missing an eye. We are a ragtag group of miscreants who sell pirate supplies in order to benefit the free programming that happens at our writing-tutoring center at 826 Valencia, and in classrooms all over San Francisco—and that’s all you need to know. Maybe more than you need to know. Maybe you should just forget that you read this at all and read whatever it is that’s down below this. Yeah, that sounds like a really good plan.
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ABOUT OUR PROGRAMS
826 Valencia is a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting students ages six to eighteen with their writing skills, and to helping teachers inspire their students to write. Our work is based on the understanding that strong writing skills are fundamental to future success and that great leaps in learning can happen when trained tutors work one-on-one with students.
We offer a range of programs, all free of charge, for students, classrooms, and schools in the Bay Area. Our project-based approach allows students ownership over the writing process, and strengthens their ability to express themselves clearly and in their own voice. By making writing fun, by demystifying the process, and by creating gorgeous books, magazines, and newspapers that honor their work, we can inspire young people to gain critical skills and write with confidence.
Co-founder Dave Eggers tells the whole story about 826′s inspiration, early beginnings, and ensuing momentum in a TED Talks video.
Olivia White Lopez
PARTIAL LIST of VOLUNTEER DESIGNERS and ARTISTS
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