Uncategorized | November 18, 2004

While searching the web recently for potential post-graduation internships, I came across the websites for 826 Valencia and its New York counterpart, 826NYC, two nonprofit organizations dedicated to helping kids 8 to 18 improve their writing skills. The locations offer writing workshops, drop-in tutoring, scholarships, and ESL programs for students in the San Francisco and New York City areas.

The centers provide programs not only for students and teachers, but for writers as well. In December, 826 Valencia is hosting an adult writing seminar on starting your own magazine with, among others, Lisa Jervis from the magazine Bitch and Eli Horowitz, managing editor of McSweeney’s.

Both websites include information on how you can help 826, whether through donations or by volunteering. There’s even a pirate store — you can buy an eyepatch or a message bottle and all proceeds go to the writing centers.

For more information about 826’s student, writer, volunteer or internship programs, go to 826valencia.org or 826NYC.org.