2021 Personal Statement Workshops

826 Valencia is proud to announce a series of very special Personal Statement workshops for 2021! This November, we will be offering both in-person workshops as well as virtual tutoring opportunities for students.

We will pair trained tutors with students to provide individualized feedback on their college application essays. All personal statement and scholarship essay writers are welcome, whether they’re just starting, almost finished, or somewhere in between. We’re inviting all high school seniors in SFUSD to register, attend, and get that extra boost of support.

Anyone in the community, including current 826 Valencia volunteers, can join us and support students as they write, revise, and edit these important responses. We are hoping to support more than 200 students this fall. Students and tutors can sign up for one or more tutoring sessions, and can participate either in person or virtually.


In-Person Workshops at our Mission Center (826 Valencia Street):

  • Friday, November 5 from 4:30-6:30pm
  • Friday, November 12 from 4:30-6:30pm

Virtual Workshops (participants will receive a Zoom link):

  • Saturday, November 6 from 1:00-3:00pm
  • Saturday, November 13 from 1:00-3:00pm


Registration for students and tutors is now open. We anticipate that spots will go quickly! 

Students: Click here to register! You may sign up for up to two workshops. 

Tutors: Click here to register. Please note: for in-person tutoring, you will need to provide proof of vaccination. Read more about returning to volunteer with 826 Valencia here. Feel free to contact us at volunteer@826valencia.org.



2021 Personal Statement Workshops“Because I had a tutor to talk to, I was able to move much further along in the writing process of my personal statements. I learned to break down my essay into specific points that can be more clearly stated and understood. This made the writing process easier for me as well.” -Student Participant (2020)

“It is always inspiring to hear the incredible stories of strength and resilience displayed by these amazing young people. They often do not perceive their own triumphs.” -Volunteer Tutor (2020)


Now that you’re excited, please spread the word! Our current record is serving 191 students during a single weekend, and this year we are aiming to serve even more with our four-day workshop series. 

If you have questions about these workshops, please contact Programs Director Ryan Young at ryan@826valencia.org.

Please note: In 2016, the UC made significant changes to the Personal Statement prompts. All tutors are required to attend a training on the Personal Insight Questions (PIQs). If you have already attended our training on the PIQs, you will not need to attend again this year.