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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826 Valencia is a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting under-resourced students ages 6 to 18 with their creative and expository writing skills and to helping teachers inspire their students to write. Our services are structured around the understanding that great leaps in learning can happen with one-on-one attention and that strong writing skills are fundamental to future success.

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.



Caroline Kangas

Trevor Mattingly

Sonja Murphy

Byron Weiss




Paul Madonna

Chris Ware

Eleven inc

Tucker Nichols

Jessica Hische

Lisa Congdon

Richard Perez

William Campos

Justin Carder

Otis Pig

Emji Sperro

Olivia White Lopez

Peter Samuels

Lynn Rubenzer

Lauren Hartman

Kehau Lyons

Miranda Harter

Walter Green

Raven Mahon

Sita Bhaumik

Anna Platt

Sam Riley

Ryan Lewis

Matt Randall

Kent Hall

Lucas Murgida

Amy Ho


Thank you all for your amazing contributions!



826 Valencia is part of a network of non-profits and stores around the United States. Check out some of our other storefronts here:


826 National

826NYC’s Brooklyn Superhero Supply Co.

826LA’s Time Travel Mart

826 Michigan’s Liberty Street Robot Supply and Repair

826CHI’s Wicker Park Secret Agent Supply Co.

826DC’s Tivoli’s Astounding Magic Supply Co.

826 Boston’s Greater Boston Bigfoot Research Institute