826 Valencia, Winner of the 2010 Innovations in Reading Prize

February 2016



826 Valencia is a nonprofit writing and tutoring center dedicated to helping students ages 6 to 18 improve their writing skills, and to fostering a lifelong passion for reading and writing. Founded in 2002 by author Dave Eggers and veteran teacher Nínive Calegari, 826 Valencia now has over 1,600 volunteers including published authors, magazine founders, filmmakers, and other professionals who donate their time to work with thousands of students each year and who allow us to offer all of our programs for free. Five days a week in our after-school tutoring program, students work one-on-one with trained tutors to complete their homework, and then they spend 20 minutes reading books from our library. After homework and reading, students work on a variety of extracurricular writing projects that we then publish for real-world audiences.