Inspiring tomorrow’s storytellers today

submission by 826la

About Your Application

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826LA & Young Storytellers

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In one sentence, please describe what your organization does.


826LA and Young Storytellers empower LA students to develop their language arts skills and self-confidence through storytelling and writing.

In one to three sentences, please describe your proposal.


826LA and Young Storytellers will partner to inspire students to discover the power of their voice by helping them share their stories with the world. To encourage students to develop creative learning behaviors and English & Language Arts skills, L.A. must first show our youngest citizens that these skills matter by reinforcing that their voices matter. 826LA and Young Storytellers will engage volunteers to help today’s students become tomorrow’s storytellers.

Where will you be working? Please be specific (e.g. Third Street Middle School; Boyle Heights; LA County).

Central LA

East LA

San Gabriel Valley

San Fernando Valley

South LA


South Bay

Antelope Valley

County of Los Angeles (countywide)

City of Los Angeles (citywide)


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How do you plan to use these resources to make change? (check all that apply)

Conduct research

Engage residents and stakeholders

Implement a pilot or new project

Expand a pilot or program

Mobilize for systems change

Advocate with policymakers and leaders

Implement and track policy

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Collaborate to expand the impact of two writing-based organizations on improving high school proficiency in English & Language Arts

How will your proposal improve the following “Learn” metrics? (check all that apply)

Percentage of children enrolled in early education programs

Percentage of community college students completing a certificate, degree, or transfer-related program in six years

Youth unemployment and underemployment

District-wide graduation rates

HS student proficiency in English & Language Arts and Math

Academic Performance Index* scores

College matriculation rates

Student education pipeline (an integrated network of pre-schools, K-12 institutions, and higher education systems that prepares students for seamless transitions between high school, higher education institutions, and the workforce) (Dream Metric)

Suspension and expulsion rates (Dream Metric)

Truancy rates in elementary and middle schools (Dream Metric)

Students perceived sense of safety at and on the way to school (Dream Metric)

Describe in greater detail how you will make LA the best place to learn.


Los Angeles is the entertainment capital of the world, but the marginalized populations that 826LA and Young Storytellers work with do not often have the opportunity to share their stories widely. To encourage students to develop their English & Language Arts skills and creative learning behaviors that encourage lifelong learning, L.A. must first show our youngest citizens that these skills matter, that their voices are important, and that their stories are valued. By identifying their stories and helping them share those stories publicly through writing, 826LA and Young Storytellers will empower young people to increase their literacy skills through meaningful self-expression. Students will gain important communication skills that will help them succeed beyond school as confident, engaged members of their community. Last year, 95% of students reported that working with 826LA in their classrooms helped them increase their confidence about writing, and 90% of teachers reported a marked improvement in their students' writing skills as the result of an 826LA project. In the 2014 school year, 97% of Young Storytellers mentors observed a growth in their writer’s ability to think creatively, 98% of mentors observed a growth in their writer’s confidence, and 88% of parents noticed an improvement in the creativity of their children.

Through this project, 826LA and Young Storytellers will partner with local Title I LAUSD schools and teachers to help 2,000 severely disadvantaged students to write their stories. Through a variety of storytelling mediums including but not limited to personal essay, fiction, graphic novels, and screenplays, 826LA and Young Storytellers will provide a safe space for students to develop their literacy skills and give them a platform to share their stories with the world. To help develop the next generation of storytellers, some of today’s entertainment professionals including writers, artists, producers, and filmmakers will mentor students as they write and edit their stories. The culmination of this project will be a book, jointly published by 826LA and Young Storytellers, collecting stories written by students for wide distribution. 826LA and Young Storytellers will celebrate the publication of this book during a public event. Featuring students reading their own words and professional actors dramatizing their screenplays, this public event will provide both a figurative and a literal stage for students to share their stories.

Please explain how you will evaluate your work.


826LA and Young Storytellers aim to serve 2,000 students total from Title I LAUSD schools (1,000 students per organization). To evaluate the effectiveness of this project, the organizations will track the number of students served as well as the overall effectiveness of the writing support. 826LA will track its effectiveness using qualitative and quantitative surveys for students and teachers. Young Storytellers’ evaluation approach takes two distinct forms: Outcome and Process Evaluation.

How can the LA2050 community and other stakeholders help your proposal succeed? (check all that apply)

Money (financial capital)

Volunteers/staff (human capital)

Publicity/awareness (social capital)

Infrastructure (building/space/vehicles, etc.)


Technical infrastructure (computers, etc.)

Community outreach

Network/relationship support

Quality improvement research

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I can't think of a better program than this to teach young kids about the power and beauty of their voices.

by ysfart
5 months ago

As a storyteller and an advocate of cross-generational interaction, I support programs that empower youth to share their truths with their elders and their peers. It it is so crucial that current and future generations realize that long before there were books, newspapers television and the internet, our family-cultural traditions were handed down through the story telling tradition.

by Serena6026
5 months ago

I love 826LA and so do the students at GABRIELLA CHARTER SCHOOL! We support you!

by ggutierrez
5 months ago

Ok next JK Rowlings of this world! Looking forward to your inspirational stories! Remember, you can write about anything you can imagine. It doesn't have to be real until you make it real in someone else's imagination. What you can dream up can be someone's favourite book or film or tv program some day. Go knock it out of the park!

by fuinneog
5 months ago

Barack Obama Charter School LOVES 826LA! Thank you for supporting the academic and creative growth of our scholars!!

by TeacherLife
6 months ago

How awesome! Post this on all social media to get the most votes possible.

by concerned4all
6 months ago

Keep going, 826LA! You're doing all the great things!

by neekta
6 months ago

Great project!!

by EllieMyer
6 months ago

Both 826LA and Young Storytellers Foundation have left tremendous positive impacts on my life as a volunteer, intern, and student research scholar. The work they do in those magical places light up the imaginations of students all over Los Angeles. I have seen children's learning confidence jump from 0 to infinity through these programs. Please vote 826/YSF for #LA2050

by sincerely.dee
6 months ago

the critters are here and in support

by willkragel
6 months ago

Thank you so much for your support, sincerely.dee!

by 826la
6 months ago

We'll do what we can. Thanks for voting!

by 826la
6 months ago

Thanks, Neekta!

by 826la
6 months ago

Thank you, Ellie!

by 826la
6 months ago

Folks like you make our work possible. Thank you!!!!

by jarquillos
6 months ago

826LA LOVES the Critters! THANK YOU!

by jarquillos
6 months ago

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Winner Announced
Tuesday, December 08, 2015