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826 Valencia
San Francisco, CA
826 Valencia is a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting under-resourced students ages six to eighteen with their creative and expository writing skills and to helping teachers inspire their students to write. Our services are structured around the understanding that great leaps in learning can happen with one-on-one attention and that strong writing skills are fundamental to future success.



Title: Health Heroes

Artist: 826 Mission Bay Center

Medium: Writing + Graphic Design done by 826 staff, Tony Manalo + Elizabeth McConaughy-Oliver

Description: San Francisco public school students, ages 10-12, were introduced to healthcare workers and were asked to consider how these heroes show up for the community during the pandemic. The students wrote a series of odes to celebrate the work of healthcare professionals.


Title: Ode to Sonia Melara

Artist: Jose Martin Gomez

Medium: Writing + Graphic Design done by 826 staff, Tony Manalo + Elizabeth McConaughy-Oliver

Description: San Francisco public school students, ages 10-12, were introduced to healthcare workers and were asked to consider how these heroes show up for the community during the pandemic. The students wrote a series of odes to celebrate the work of healthcare professionals.


Title: Julie Maxson The Queen

Artist: Isaac M

Medium: Writing + Graphic Design done by 826 staff, Tony Manalo + Elizabeth McConaughy-Oliver

Description: San Francisco public school students, ages 10-12, were introduced to healthcare workers and were asked to consider how these heroes show up for the community during the pandemic. The students wrote a series of odes to celebrate the work of healthcare professionals.


Title: Ode to a Hero #Joannesun

Artist: Bethany Jimenez

Medium: Writing + Graphic Design done by 826 staff, Tony Manalo + Elizabeth McConaughy-Oliver

Description: San Francisco public school students, ages 10-12, were introduced to healthcare workers and were asked to consider how these heroes show up for the community during the pandemic. The students wrote a series of odes to celebrate the work of healthcare professionals.


Title: Thanks Substance Use Navigator

Artist: Elijah Molina

Medium: Writing + Graphic Design done by 826 staff, Tony Manalo + Elizabeth McConaughy-Oliver

Description: San Francisco public school students, ages 10-12, were introduced to healthcare workers and were asked to consider how these heroes show up for the community during the pandemic. The students wrote a series of odes to celebrate the work of healthcare professionals.


Title: Thank You Maggie

Artist: Justin L

Medium: Writing + Graphic Design done by 826 staff, Tony Manalo + Elizabeth McConaughy-Oliver

Description: San Francisco public school students, ages 10-12, were introduced to healthcare workers and were asked to consider how these heroes show up for the community during the pandemic. The students wrote a series of odes to celebrate the work of healthcare professionals.


Title: Thanks Palliative Care Nurses

Artist: Elijah M.

Medium: Writing + Graphic Design done by 826 staff, Tony Manalo + Elizabeth McConaughy-Oliver

Description: San Francisco public school students, ages 10-12, were introduced to healthcare workers and were asked to consider how these heroes show up for the community during the pandemic. The students wrote a series of odes to celebrate the work of healthcare professionals.


Title: Thank You Dear Doctor

Artist: Blanca Estrada

Medium: Writing + Graphic Design done by 826 staff, Tony Manalo + Elizabeth McConaughy-Oliver

Description: San Francisco public school students, ages 10-12, were introduced to healthcare workers and were asked to consider how these heroes show up for the community during the pandemic. The students wrote a series of odes to celebrate the work of healthcare professionals.


Title: Teamwork

Artist: Mamoun Alduais

Medium: Writing + Graphic Design done by 826 staff, Tony Manalo + Elizabeth McConaughy-Oliver

Description: San Francisco public school students, ages 10-12, were introduced to healthcare workers and were asked to consider how these heroes show up for the community during the pandemic. The students wrote a series of odes to celebrate the work of healthcare professionals.


Title: The Color Blue...Why Do You Fear

Artist: Lianese

Length: 6:35

Description: In this podcast, Lianesse discusses the link between local police and ICE, the mistreatment of African Americans, Latinos, and immigrants, and the need for change that stems from communities.


Title: You Are Brave

Artist: Angelina

Length: 4:53

Description: In this podcast, you will hear Angelina talk about her experience with being bullied and sharing kindness with others regardless.




Title: How to Stand in Solidarity with BLM

Artist: Anthony

Length: 4:32

Description: In this podcast, Anthony discusses the importance of solidarity between Filipino Americans like himself and Black people and why it is especially vital now during the uprising of the Black Lives Matter Movement.



Title: Crying Don’t Pay Bills

Artist: Xufei

Length: 2:42

Description: In this podcast, you will hear Xufei reflect on immigrant parents and their children's mental health.



Title: The Homeless Problem is Our Problem

Artist: Joseph

Length: 4:50

Description: In this podcast, you will hear Joseph discuss how government support and community action can help the people displaced from their homes.


Title: Prison Reform

Artist: Jericho

Length: 3:21

Description: In this podcast, Jericho calls for prison reform by drawing attention to the dehumanizing treatment of incarcerated people, especially during the pandemic.



Title: Equal Rights for Immigrants

Artist: Misael

Length: 2:42

Description: In this podcast, you will hear Misael talk about the importance of equal rights for immigrants and how it impacts his family and community.



Title: The Mountains in My Country of Guatemala

Artist: Sulmi

Length: 2:18

Description: In this podcast, you will hear Sulmi reflect on Guatemala and identity.





Title: Ode to My Mom

Artist: Mahmoud Algahim

Medium: Writing

Description: This is a creative recipe written during 826 Valencia’s virtual summer programming with the Tenderloin Center.

Artist Info: Mahmoud is currently a 5th grade student at Redding Elementary School. When Mahmoud isn’t writing you might find him reading. Mahmoud's favorite thing about writing is typing because it’s fun to type.




Title: Ode to Doctors

Artist: Isa Yahya

Medium: Writing

Description: This is an ode written during 826 Valencia’s virtual summer programming with the Tenderloin Center.

Artist Information: Isa is currently a 3rd grade student at Bessie Carmichael Elementary School. When he isn’t writing you might find him painting. Isa’s favorite thing about writing is telling stories because they are really interesting.


Title: Recipe for a Happy Life

Artist: Zitong Liu

Medium: Writing

Description: This is a creative recipe written during 826 Valencia’s virtual summer programming with the Tenderloin Center.

Artist information: Zitong is currently a 4th grade student at west portal. When she isn’t writing you might find her in art class. Zitong's favorite thing about writing is reading because she will get more imagination.


Title: My Dad Is My Hero

Artist: Maram Jubari

Medium: Writing

Description: This is an ode written during 826 Valencia’s virtual summer programming with the Tenderloin Center.

Artist Information: Maram is currently a 6th grade student at Bessie Carmichael Middle School. When she isn’t writing you might find her scrolling through TikTok, listening to music, and playing Roblox with her friends. Maram’s favorite thing about writing is being creative and being able to add detail and illustrations because people can get to know her better through her writing.


Title: How to be as Kind as a Dog

Artist: Valencia Dinh

Medium: Writing

Description: This is a creative recipe written during 826 Valencia’s virtual summer programming with the Tenderloin Center.

Artist Information: Valencia is currently a 5th grade student at Tenderloin Community School. When she isn’t writing you might find her watching anime. Valencia’s favorite thing about writing is reading it because it's fun to read what you wrote.



Title: Khulud

Artist: Khulud Alseragi

Medium: Writing

Description: This is a poem written during 826 Valencia’s virtual summer programming with the Tenderloin Center.

Artist Information: Khulud is currently a 7th grade student at San Francisco Middle School. When she isn’t writing you might find her watching Tom and Jerry and Masha and the Bear. Khulud’s favorite thing about writing is lawyers because when she grows up she wants to be a lawyer.


Title: I am Silent

Artist: Davion Marshall

Medium: Writing

Artist Information: Davion is from Oakland, CA and 15 years old. He is a part of a family that loves to cook and enjoys spending time together. With his family, Davion travels to Louisiana to visit his granny. His number one goal is to move to Florida with his brother for college and live a successful life. He loves Four Layer Delights.



Title: I Am From

Artist: Malay Hicks

Medium: Writing

Artist Information: Malay was born in San Francisco and is 17 years old. She likes to crochet and write. After highschool, she wants to study e-commerce. She is a part of the Bay Area Urban Debate League, and her favorite fruit is kiwi.


Title: A Spot on the Atlantic

Artist: Alexander Lewis

Medium: Writing


Title: Blow the Fog Away

Artist: Luca Jackson

Medium: Writing

Artist Information: Luca is 17 year old and was born in San Francisco, California. In his free time he loves to hang out with family and friends. He is an avid basketball fan and enjoys watching the Warriors and Lakers when not on the court himself. Luca is an intern with the Leadership Academy which provides exposure to various business professionals through career field exploration and mentorship. He is always on the lookout for a good burger and plans to attend college in the fall.



Title: E’myiah and Dad and Mom

Artist: E’nyiah Washington

Medium: Writing

Description: This is an ode written during 826 Valencia’s virtual summer programming with the Tenderloin Center.

Artist Information: E’nyiah is currently a 5th grade student at Tenderloin Community School. When she isn’t writing You might find her watching funny TikToks. E’niyah’s favorite thing about writing is the freedom of it because I can write all of my feelings.



Title: I am From

Artist: Jordan Nickelson

Medium: Writing



Title: Black in America

Artist: Makayla Joseph

Medium: Writing

Artist Information: Makayla Joseph is from San Francisco and 18 years old. Makayla’s family is her number one support system. She has two younger siblings; One brother and one sister. A goal that Makayla has for her future is to become the person that nobody thought she would become, Makalya wants to become the person even to herself.