Leadershipand Future Pathways

Leadership and Future Pathways

We know that writing opens doors to opportunity, which is why we have a roster of programs designed to help our students build leadership skills and prepare for what’s next, from college to any career they choose.

Personal Statement Workshops

Each fall, we offer tutoring opportunities to help SFUSD seniors with college application writing. We pair them one-on-one with trained tutors to make progress on those tricky personal statement responses.

Contact Ryan Young at ryan@826valencia.org to learn more about these programs.

Youth Leadership Advisory Board

Our Youth Leadership Advisory Board (YLAB) is a group of students who have been involved in a variety of 826 programs, who come together once a week to learn about leadership, build community, and receive training to serve as tutors and mentors.

Through participation in this program, the youth leaders gain confidence and professional skills (and a stipend) – and have a whole lot of fun! We now have three YLAB groups, one in each of our Centers.

We recruit new YLAB members from students who are involved in our programs each fall and spring. You can apply for the program here.

I used to be really shy and not be myself, but now I know that I am loved and I’m proud to be myself around people.”

— Janeth G., age 15, youth leader
High school / Alumni Internships

We welcome high school interns through a variety of service learning and youth employment partnerships, and support them as they build their professional skills as tutors and gain experience in a nonprofit environment.

We’re also able to offer stipends for interns who are alumni of our programs!

To learn more about these internships, contact volunteer@826valencia.org.

Contact Now

Thanks to remarkably generous donors, every year we award multiple $20,000 scholarships to college-bound seniors who have participated in 826 Valencia programs. And every year the incredible applicants blow us away.

We are so proud of these remarkable young people we serve and all that they can accomplish.

Scholarship applications open each spring. Check the news section of our website for details.