United States: 826 Valencia
826 Valencia is a non-profit organisation based in San Francisco, United States. Founded in 2002 by Ninive Calegari, an educator, and Dave Eggers, a writer, the organisation aims to help students from age six to 18 to develop their writing skills, and to help teachers to inspire their students to write. The organisation relies on trained tutor volunteers – around 1,700 in 2011 - and serves over 6,000 students a year. The success of the 826 Valencia project led to the opening of seven more organisations across the country based on the same principles.
826 Valencia offers a wide array of programmes, all free of charge, for students and schools. Projects include after-school individualised tutoring, in-school projects that support teachers during regular class time, one-off special workshops, and organising writing-based school field trips to the organisation’s “writing lab”.