Kids, Writing, and Time Travel

It’s hard to get kids’ attention these days, especially with regard to creative writing. So what if you could use time travel?

826LA ( is running with that idea. Its mission statement is “a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting students ages 6 to 18 with their creative and expository writing skills, and to helping teachers inspire their students to write.”

The hook is using time travel as a theme. 826LA offers Time Travel Marts in two locations to provide supplies, creative space, and volunteer help for aspiring writers from ages 6 to 18.

From the 826LA Website

826LA is actually one chapter of a larger organization — 826 National (, founded in 2002 in San Francisco as a tutoring center. But since the selected space was zoned for retail, something had to be sold — pirate supplies. Since then, eight more chapters have opened in major cities around the country, each with a different theme (New York City has Superhero Supply Company).

The idea may be fantasy, but the impact is far-reaching. Perhaps even into the past.

Also see “Where Kids Reap the Rewards of Time Travel” by Cameron Berger ( As a non-profit, donations are appreciated.

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