Join us as a tutor for the Young Authors’ Book Project

We’re gearing up for the 2017 Young Authors’ Book Project, our biggest publishing project of the year, and we need your help.

What’s the Young Authors’ Book Project?

The YABP is one of our most in-depth tutoring experiences, and it’s a chance for tutors to form meaningful, one-on-one connections with an amazing group of high school students as they become published authors over the course of five weeks.

This year we’re partnering with Phillip and Sala Burton Academic High School for this project. We’ll be working with twelfth graders as they write, revise, and polish personal or fictional narratives that relate to themes from Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. We need 60 volunteers to work one-on-one with our young authors and make this project a success! Frankenstein fluency is not necessary — tutors will be prepped with a project-specific orientation that will tell you everything you need to know.

We ask all tutors to commit to a regular schedule for the 5 weeks of this project. Here are the options you can sign up for (you can sign up for one or both!)

Group 1: Mondays and Thursdays, 9:55 – 10:55 a.m., January 9 – February 13
Group 2: Mondays and Thursdays, 12:40 – 2:40 p.m., January 9 – February 13

How to get involved:

If you’re new to volunteering at 826 Valencia: 

1. Fill out the volunteer registration form.
2. Email Program Manager Ryan Young at and say that you’re a new volunteer and you’d like to tutor for the YABP. You’ll receive details about the project orientation, your one-stop shop for becoming an official volunteer and everything you need to know about tutoring.

If you’re already an 826 Valencia volunteer:

1. Sign up on the volunteer calendar.
2. That’s it! Thanks! You’ll receive more information after the new year.

Not yet convinced?

Watch this video to hear from last year’s young authors how the experience transformed their relationships to writing. Then sign up!

Not the right fit for your schedule?

There are many more ways to get involved as a volunteer, with flexible time commitments and a variety of projects to support. Learn more.

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