Looking to join a non-profit Board? Is Urban Education a passion? Join us at Foundation for Letters!


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It's flexible! We'll work with your schedule.


902 Broadway is the office location, but the workis both in person and virtual, bringing innovativewriting programs to urban NYC schools.New York, NY 10010


The Foundation for Letters (FFL) provides urban students and schools with access to innovative writing-intensive academic and enrichment programs that are designed, staffed and funded by volunteers from the literary community and beyond. FFL also helps underserved communities of schools form their own networks of external support that form partnerships, raise funds and engage volunteers who are committed to increasing student engagement with writing.

FFL seeks volunteer Board members to help carry out this mission.

Fifteen years ago, the Advisory Board of the Bronx Academy of Letters (a new public high school funded with Gates Foundation funds) was formed to provide educational resources and enrichment opportunities to one small school in the Bronx, NY.

The vision of the Board was that in urban public schools, where resources were limited, external support for literacy education could provide improved academic performance, increased college readiness and better global citizenship among students. The Board supported and implemented programs at the Bronx Academy of Letters that stressed increased fluency in communication, through immersion with the "word" - written, spoken and performed.

After more than a decade of experience serving as the primary external support organization for Bronx Letters, the Advisory Board incorporated in 2012 and formed FFL, which continued its support of Bronx Letters, until August 2014, when it expanded the reach of its work beyond a single school. In 2017, FFL is working to provide urban schools with a blueprint for how to positively impact their communities through external support for literacy-based academic and enrichment programs.

Check out our website for more details: http://foundationforletters.net/


  • Strategic Planning
  • Project Management
  • Fundraising
  • Reading / Writing
  • Brand Development & Messaging
  • Community Outreach

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Requirements & Commitment

  • Quarterly Meetings and volunteer time as needed
  • Participation on a volunteer level in our writing programs, and in Board strategic planning

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