826 Valencia is a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting under-resourced students ages six to eighteen with their creative and expository writing skills and to helping teachers inspire their students to write. Our services are structured around the understanding that great leaps in learning can happen with one-on-one attention and that strong writing skills are fundamental to future success. 826 Valencia comprises three writing centers—our flagship location in the Mission District, a center in the Tenderloin neighborhood, and a new center on the ground floor of an affordable housing building in Mission Bay —and three satellite classrooms at nearby public schools. All of our programs are offered free of charge to make them accessible to the students who would not otherwise be able to access our support.

826 Valencia / Amina Fuller / "IPhone Meets Jesus" from Lucie Pereira on Vimeo.

Amina is an eleventh grade student in 826’s Mission Center workshops and a member of 826’s Youth Leadership Advisory Boar.

826 Valencia / Adam Basbassi / "Ninja Kid" from Lucie Pereira on Vimeo.


Adam is a fifth grade workshops student at the Tenderloin Center.

Dear Voter

For the “Dear Voter” project, students from 826 Valencia’s Mission Center After-School Tutoring program wrote letters to prospective voters, sharing about issues that are most important to them. From concerns about the pandemic, to rights for immigrants, women, and the LGBTQIA+ community, to climate change and the future of our planet, these young authors are passionate and informed.



Luck & Lava


Luck & Lava is a publication produced by 826 Valencia’s Writing and Publishing Apprentices workshop for students ages 13-18

"Rain" by Maya Van Artsdalen, age 12:
“The Apple Orchard” by Isabella Hansen, age 14: