College Readiness

Personal Statement Weekend 2016

In October, 826NYC tutors worked with over 120 high school seniors at Bronx Leadership Academy II and the High School of Fashion Industries to write, revise, and polish their college application essays.

Whether students were just starting their essays, almost finished, or somewhere in between, volunteers helped them showcase their unique voices and experiences. These experiences included moments of triumph and feelings of loss, stories of refuge and explorations of home.

Whatever their topic, each student participant felt more confident about their personal statement after working with a tutor, and every one noted feeling that their tutor cared about their success in school. Many students have opted to continue working with their tutors after the event, receiving ongoing support polishing their statements and supplemental essays.

This event happens yearly at a crucial time for seniors: just before the deadline for their college applications. 826NYC has partnered with NYC public schools where students particularly need that extra help necessary to bring their applications into shape, and volunteers have the opportunity to help these students write the most important essay of their lives.

Questions about Personal Statement Weekend? Contact Rebecca Darugar at 718.499.9884 or email