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826 Black Students Initiative: Tutor Placement
Our Black Student Initiative (BSI), is in its second year and seeks to create new opportunities to specifically support Black students in our programs.

The goals of the BSI are to:
- Increase the number of Black students that 826 serves by 25%
- Hold intentional space for Black student voices to tell their own stories in their most truthful forms
- Improve the academic success and social and emotional confidence of our Black students
- Amplify Black student voices through publishing opportunities within and outside 826 Valencia

We know that students benefit in unique ways from having individualized support from adults who share their cultural background. In response to the question “What could we do to improve our programs?” students and teachers have consistently requested “more tutors of color.”

In response to this call, we are intentionally seeking Black volunteers to support our Black Students Initiative. There are many ways to volunteer, for all age groups and at various times of day.

We are also continuing to focus on training all of our tutors to meaningfully support all of our students, and in particular to support our Black youth. We expect acceptance and celebration of our Black students, their agency, and the unique experiences they hold in our world. Together, we’re committed to doing the work to deepen our anti-racist practices and better support all our students.

***Fill out the form below, to help us find the best program fit for you, based on your interest, experience, and schedule***
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How did you hear about our Black Students Initiative? *
Please check the descriptions below corresponding to the racial/ethnic groups with which you identify. Select all that apply (Optional)
Are you already an 826 Valencia volunteer? *
Why do you want to support students through 826 Valencia's Black Students Initiative? *
826 Valencia is dedicated to the values of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion and deepening our commitment to anti-racist education. Please briefly share what one or more of these values (Diversity, Equity, or Inclusion) means to you: *
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Please indicate your general time commitment availability (note that volunteer sessions are typically between 1-2 hours long, and we greatly value consistency when possible).
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In-school Support: please select the programs you are interested in supporting (note that all programs will take place virtually for fall 2020). In our in-school programs, we are focusing on an intentional approach to serving Black students in new ways. We’re working with our close partner schools to better support Black student affinity groups and classes with a large percentage of Black youth on creative and identity-based writing prompts and projects. (Check all that apply) *
The Black Literary Achievement Club (BLAC): In this new workshop, students will be supported to embrace a positive outlook on their Black identity through writing, the exploration of Black literary icons and leaders, Black history, community and leadership building. Club meetings will also provide time for academic support and mentorship by Black professionals. Students will receive participation stipends, publishing opportunities, academic support, mentorship, and space for creative expression. This program is currently seeking Black professionals to serve as mentors.
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