Critical Role Foundation
We're joining forces with the wonderful humans at 826LA to build out a brand new Writers' Room at Venice High School in Los Angeles!
826LA Writers’ Rooms are on-campus spaces dedicated to celebrating and honing students’ writing and literacy skills. Brightly decorated, with comfortable seating and framed student work on the walls, they’re classroom-sized versions of 826LA’s signature writing centers. Students get help with personal statements for college, work on writing assignments, or just hang out in a place where they know their voices are valued. 826LA staff collaborates with teachers to develop engaging projects, while trained volunteers work with students one-on-one, reducing student-to-teacher ratios.
826LA’s very first Writers’ Room opened at Manual Arts High School in 2013, turning an unused classroom into a vibrant creative space for students to receive academic and writing support to help with college access. Since then, over 6,000 students have passed through the 826LA Writers’ Room at Manuel High School.
Due to its massive success, Roosevelt High School, located in the Boyle Heights neighborhood in Los Angeles, asked 826LA to open a Writers’ Room on their campus, which officially opened in early 2019.
And by Spring 2022, with your help, 826LA will open another Writers’ Room at Venice High School.
This major expansion will allow 826LA to support even more students and cultivate a culture of writing and creativity on the campus of a Title I school, where 62% of students are Latinx, 14% are Black, and 64% are low-income.
Your donation will help directly fund 826LA’s efforts to:
-> Design, staff, and launch a Writers’ Room at Venice High School in Los Angeles, which currently has over 2,000 enrolled students
-> Collaborate with teachers and counselors to strategically support college-bound students with their personal statements for college admissions
-> Partner with teachers on a variety of standards-based writing projects throughout the year, tailored to each teacher’s curriculum and needs
And, as a result:
-> Every four-year-college-bound student will receive at least 50 minutes of one-on-one tutoring with a trained volunteer
-> Students will be invited to The Great Los Angeles Personal Statement Weekend event, where they can receive an additional four intensive hours of one-on-one support
-> The school’s college center, plus all 11th and 12th grade teachers, will receive curriculum and materials that have been created and tested by 826LA to help students develop their personal statements
-> Venice High School students will become published authors in one or more beautifully designed print and/or digital publications
(last updated Thursday, April 15, 2021)