Join the volunteer team at Behind the Book, a non-profit literacy organization that inspires New York City public school students to love reading.
We bring accomplished authors–many of them Brooklyn-based–into high-needs pre-K-12 classrooms, where they guide students in creating their own writing and art projects based on the theme of the author’s book. Our rich, innovative programs, which are part of the class curricula and meet Common Core Learning Standards, have a successful record of building comprehension skills and motivating engaged readers at schools in Fort Greene, Crown Heights, and Bed-Stuy.
You need no experience or training to volunteer as a writing, research or art coach to provide support during classroom workshops. Working with small groups of students, you might guide them in editing a short story or essay, researching a topic, or creating artwork to illustrate their writing. You might also accompany a class on a field trip.
Individual workshops run one to two hours on a school day, usually in the morning. You can volunteer for any number of workshops in a program series, which are scheduled over a few weeks. With an impressive slate of authors leading creative, thought-provoking programs every school year, you’ll find many programs you’ll want to be a part of.
To join our team and receive announcements of new volunteer opportunities starting every fall, please complete our brief questionnaire at www.behindthebook.org/join-us/volunteer.
For more information, contact [email protected].