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826 Valencia/The Writers Lab That Fronts As A Pirate Store

Pros:Grooming the next generation of literary artists, community-style
Cons: So sad that literacy standards in public schools are not being met
Best For: Working with kids to help them become lifelong readers and inspired writers

826 Valencia

In 2002 when co-founders Ninive Calegari and author Dave Eggers settled on 826 Valencia Street in the Mission, for their literacy program headquarters, the hitch was that the property was zoned for retail use. In went the pirate supply storefront and the writers lab was designed to occupy the back. So much creativity and innovation fuel this non-profit committed to students ages 6-18.

826 Valencia builds writing skills on site, through tutoring, mentoring and workshops, augmented by sending volunteers into the classroom to help teachers get kids excited about writing. Now there are 7 additional chapters across the country including Seattle, Chicago and Washington, D.C.

Peruse the website and get inspired yourself. Become a cog in the wheel of 826 Valencia's success stories. When high school students work together with a mentoring teacher and become published authors, something special is going on.

826 Valencia
826 Valencia St (between 19th St & Cunningham Place)
San Francisco, 94110
Office Hours: weekdays 9:30am-6pm
Pirate Store Hours: daily noon-6pm