After-School Programs

We have a lot going on at 826 Valencia in the after-school hours, at both our centers and in our Writers’ Room at Buena Vista Horace Mann K-8!

These programs help students build writing skills, form mentor relationships, and keep them learning (even if sometimes there’s a treehouse break) after school hours.

After-School Tutoring at the Mission Bay Center

At After-School Tutoring, students ages 8-18 get help with their homework and then visit the Writing Table to respond to the day’s prompt or work on a writing project.

We’re pleased to announce that our After-School Tutoring Program is coming soon to Mission Bay: in spring of 2019!

If you’re interested in our program, please fill out one of our short forms, and we will get back to you. To see this form in English/Español, click here; for Chinese, 中文 click here; for Russian, по-русски, click here; for Arabic, بالعربية click here.

To learn more: Contact Programs Manager Karla Brundage at

After-School Tutoring at the Mission Center

At After-School Tutoring, students in grades 1-5 get help with their homework and then visit the Writing Table to respond to the day’s prompt or work on a writing project.

Twice a week, tutoring hours are extended into the evening for middle and high school students. Students in our Voyagers’ Program get extra-targeted support for learning differences or special needs. Our After-School Tutoring Program has a strong community of enrolled families, and twice a year we release a bilingual publication of the students’ writing called Look Closer/Mira de cerca.

To learn more: The waitlist for this program is available to students with socio-economic and academic needs. Visit the Pirate Supply Store any day between 12 and 6 p.m. to learn more about the requirements and sign up for the waitlist.

After-school at Buena Vista Horace Mann K-8

In our after-school writing program at BVHM, a bilingual K-8 school in the Mission, students in grades 3–5 receive extra support and one-on-one attention as they build their writing skills with creative prompts aligned with their school-day curriculum.

As a result, students experienced accelerated reading level gains, with 75% achieving more than a year’s growth in just five months.

To learn more: If your child attends Buena Vista Horace Mann K-8, reach out to the school to learn about enrollment in the after-school program.

I love to write. It just calms me down. It is like I am in my happy place. Also, I’ve grown as a writer because tutors have helped me so, so, so much. I know I’m super smart because of all my published work.

— Roberto R., age 9, Buena Vista Horace Mann K-8
Tenderloin After-School Workshops

At our Tenderloin Center, we partner with neighboring organizations to offer writing support to students enrolled in their programs.

Students visit our center once a week with these partner organizations to develop their writing skills through creative exercises and with the help of trained tutors, in projects ranging from superhero tales, to blues music-inspired poetry, to personal essays.

Our partners include: GLIDE Family, Youth and Childcare Center, De Marillac Academy, Boys & Girls Club Tenderloin Clubhouse, the Cross Cultural Family Center, and the Salvation Army Kroc Community Center.

To learn more: Contact Programs Director Jillian Wasick at with inquiries about setting up a partnership.

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Sunday Drop-In Tutoring at the Mission Center

On Sundays, we do things differently by offering drop-in tutoring. There’s no enrollment required; anyone between the ages of 6 and 18 who wants some extra help is invited to stop by.

This is a homework help program: students must bring homework to work on in order to receive tutoring support.

Drop in hours:

Sundays 2:30-4:30, except for holiday weekends or during SFUSD school breaks.

Come on by!