Volunteer with Behind the Book, a non-profit literacy organization that inspires New York City public school students to explore stories and empower their voices. Through our innovative programs, which are part of the class curricula, accomplished authors visit high-needs pre-K-12 classrooms to guide students in creating their own writing projects based on the theme of the author's book.
You need no experience or training to volunteer. As a writing or research coach in the classroom, or accompanying a class on a field trip, you'll support and encourage students as they work on their projects.
Individual workshops run an average of of 90 minutes on a school day, usually in the morning. You may participate in any number of workshops in any number of programs, which are scheduled over a few weeks.
To join our team and receive announcements of new programs as they're scheduled, please complete our brief questionnaire.
Visit our volunteer opportunities page to find program descriptions and available volunteer dates throughout the school year, including summer school in July and August.