Learning to Tell Their Own Stories to Better Their Futures

826LA helps underprivileged students defeat writer’s block and discover stories worth telling in their college essays.

Marilyn Ortega could use a binder. She laughs awkwardly as she pages through transcripts, letters, and other loose papers in her lavender file folder, before finding what she needs: notes for her personal statement. This past summer, Ortega thought her college application essays were all but done. Then, she heard about the word count and realized she was clearly over.

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