Ready to Help Other Kids?

Volunteer for a Creative Writing Summer Camp


2-4 hours


At one of our two locations:

Mar Vista
12515 Venice Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90066


Echo Park
1714 W. Sunset Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90026


Camp runs from July 10-August 3, Mondays through Thursdays, and has a morning and afternoon session.



None (project can be done with limited/no adult involvement)


Volunteers help students get the attention and help they need but may not be getting at school. In summer camp, we help encourage learning when students aren't in school, and help to build their confidence in their voice and stories. In other words, our volunteers help our students thrive in the classroom and beyond!


826LA's ELL Summer Camp is a four-week creative writing camp for elementary-aged English Language Learners. You'll work in small groups with young students, assisting them with different camp activities, including writing stories and poems, learning about science and technology, going on nature walks, and more. 

Camp runs from July 10-August 3, Mondays through Thursdays, and has a morning and afternoon session.

You don't need to come to every day of camp, or even every week, though it's the most fun and beneficial if you can make it a regular thing!


In addition to the training, background check, and application explained below, you'll also need transportation to/from one of our tutoring centers in Mar Vista or Echo Park.


Volunteers must be ages 16 and up


Visit to sign up for a Volunteering 101 session. If you have questions, please email or call (310) 915-0200 (Mar Vista) or (213) 413-3388 (Echo Park). Remember, volunteers must be 16 or older.


Sound like fun?VIEW INSTRUCTIONS to get started.

1. Attend a Volunteering 101 training! You’ll get information about the history and mission of 826LA, hear about our programs, learn tips for being an effective 826LA volunteer, receive our Volunteer Handbook, and get registered as a volunteer. Visit to sign up for a Volunteering 101 session.

2. Complete an off-site background check! You can learn more about our Live Scan process here, and once everything is clear, you’ll receive a welcome email and a link to our online Projects Calendar, where all 826LA volunteers can sign up for upcoming projects.

3. Sign up to do a project; show up on your designated date and time; and make a difference in the life of a child!

*To volunteer at 826LA, you must be at least 16 years of age. Volunteers who are 16-18 can only volunteer for after-school tutoring (offered throughout the school year) and our English Language Learner Summer Camp.

Note: If you are interested in working with 826LA as part of an externship or community service program offered by your high school, please contact Lauren Humphrey ( in Mar Vista or Mariesa Arrañaga Kubasek ( in Echo Park.

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