Become an 826 Valencia Tutor

“Tutors have encouraged me. Tutors have helped me on spelling. Tutors help me by giving me love. Tutors and me, we do teamwork.” – Sahid, Age 9

Helping students find their voices is fun, inspiring, and important work. We welcome tutors of all backgrounds and areas of expertise! Basically, if you’re excited about working with young learners and ready to learn alongside them, you’ve got what it takes. Read on to find out more about the opportunities available, then fill out a volunteer application to get started.

To work with youth at 826 Valencia, you must meet these criteria: 

  • Generally available to tutor one to three hours per week between  8:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m., Monday through Thursday (specific project times and needs vary)
  • Sixteen years of age or older*
  • Able to provide or obtain proof of a negative TB test from within the past four years
  • Willing to submit to a background check

*If you’re under 18: If you are interested in joining us as part of an externship or community service program, please contact Programs Coordinator Kiley McLaughlin at for more information.

Tutoring Opportunities

As an 826 Valencia tutor, you can support in the following programs:

MONDAY THROUGH FRIDAY / 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., exact times range
Classes from public schools around San Francisco visit us for a morning of high-energy learning about the craft of storytelling, the art of podcasting, and more. Field trips need enthusiastic volunteers up front and behind the scenes to make the experience and students’ stories come to life. We’re also always seeking artistic folks to live-illustrate our Storytelling and Bookmaking field trips and anyone who has skills and experience with podcast recording, but we welcome the support of all skill-sets!

MONDAY THROUGH FRIDAY / 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., exact times range
If you’re looking to support students and teachers at local public schools and have a flexible schedule, our In-Schools Program may be the place for you. We partner with teachers to create unique writing projects designed to teach specific expository, journalistic, or creative writing skills, many of which result in a publication sold in the Pirate Store.

MONDAY THROUGH THURSDAY / 2:30 to 6:30 p.m., exact times range
We keep students engaged after school in a variety of ways. We need tutors to help with homework in all subjects, as well as project-based creative writing programming designed to help kids build essential skills and explore their creativity.

MONDAY THROUGH THURSDAY 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. /  SUNDAYS 2:30 TO 4:30 p.m.
In our Pathways program, volunteers provide tutoring and writing support to students in grades six through twelve. On Sundays we also offer drop-in tutoring for homework help. Volunteers can also support or lead workshops in a variety of subject matters in the evenings and on weekends. Because our need for volunteers during these hours is more limited than at other times, we ask that if evenings and weekends are your only availability, you make a consistent commitment. Our volunteer engagement staff can discuss this with you further!

 Fill out a volunteer application today!

You’ll then receive more details about registration and be invited to an upcoming orientation. We can’t wait to meet you. And you can always email us at, or call 415-642-5905 ex. 204 with any questions about volunteering.