826 Valencia moves forward with plans to open new Tenderloin Center

Bita Nazarian, executive director of 826 Valencia, said the organization has raised $1.8 million for the project and hopes to drum up another $2.2 million. The $4 million will cover capital expenses as well as providing enough money to operate for the first year or two. She hopes to open in January.

She said the center would start with two main programs: the book-making and storytelling program, similar to the one in the Mission District, as well as an after-school education and activities program for middle and high school students, in partnership with groups like Boys and Girls Club and the Tenderloin Neighborhood Development Corp.

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