826 Valencia supports over 5,000 under-resourced students ages 6-18 with their writing and helps teachers inspire students to write. Our individualized tutoring creates great leaps in learning as students build strong writing skills needed for future success.
Educator Nínive Calegari and acclaimed author Dave Eggers founded 826 Valencia in 2002 to address educational inequities in San Francisco by offering free tutoring and individualized writing support for students in under-resourced communities.
Over 20+ years, we’ve honed a robust range of writing, tutoring, and publishing programs–all free of charge–for K-12 students, and our 11 partner schools in San Francisco. Our services include in-school and after-school writing support, storytelling and podcasting field trips, individualized tutoring and literacy support, summer camps, writing and publishing workshops, internships, youth leadership development programs, and college scholarships. We publish students in professionally designed books, and showcase our students’ writing and podcasts for audiences worldwide.
We provide a creative environment that cultivates imagination and wonder at our three 826 Writing Centers in San Francisco’s Mission, Tenderloin, and Mission Bay neighborhoods. Each 826 Writing Center has a whimsical storefront. Our Mission Center has the iconic Pirate Supply Store. Our Tenderloin Center is home to King Carl’s Emporium, featuring souvenirs curated by King Carl, a traveling royal pufferfish. Our Mission Bay Center’s store, Woodland Creatures Outfitters, Ltd, caters to forest creatures and mythical beasts. Our stores’ child-centered atmosphere lets students know that 826 is no ordinary program; we are a fun adventure where imagination reigns.
Learn more by visiting 826valencia.org