Hack the Hood seeks Copywriters!

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Thu Feb 01, 2018 - Thu Mar 15, 2018


This is a Virtual Opportunity, with no fixed address.


Do you have professional skills you want to share with youth or non-profits? Are you interested in supporting small businesses in a changing Bay Area? Hack the Hood is a non-profit that bridges low-income youth of color from the Bay Area with local small businesses and professionals through tech and coding bootcamps. Read on to learn how you can support us!

About Hack the Hood’s Coding Bootcamp and Partnership with Small Business Owners: Our seasonal programs introduce participants to the fundamental skills of coding and web development, and offer career and educational development. In Hack the Hood’s coding Bootcamp, youth developers ages 18-25 harness professional soft and hard skills by creating a website for their clients, local small business owners (SMB) who lack a major online presence. Many of the SMB clients are long-time community mom and pop shops who don’t utilize technology and social media, or new business owners who are still establishing themselves. With a website and social media knowledge, SMB clients can reach new customers and increase profits. See examples of SMB websites created in Hack the Hood’s Bootcamp here and here .

In order for the youth developers to craft effective websites, SMB clients must first have text about their businesses. Many SMB clients need support in writing strong copy, so the Copywriter will assist them by providing effective edits and suggestions for their text.

Volunteer purpose:

The Copywriter will work with SMB clients individually to edit descriptive and concise copy for their website pages, including the introduction, mission, products, services, and contact page. It is equally important that the Copywriter understands the SMB client’s vision and voice while editing this text. This should be someone who enjoys web writing, is comfortable providing feedback, and can help SMB clients tell the stories of their businesses. Ideally, each volunteer will work with 4-10 SMB clients. Hack the Hood’s Small Business Manager will work with Copywriters to manage their schedule in working with their SMB clients.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Edit SMB client’s copy so it’s concise and marketable for their website based on their Small Business Applications, which Hack the Hood will provide for volunteers
  • Communicate to SMB clients what makes strong website copy and what a successful website should be doing for a business
  • Follow up with SMB clients to ensure their visions and voices are communicated through their copy
  • Be available remotely by email for SMB clients
  • Work with youth to ensure text is still clear and effective when transferred onto the website template. At one Bootcamp session, the Copywriter can meet with all SMB clients and their youth developers on a Monday between March 5-24, 2018.

Skills and Qualifications:

    • Google Drive, Google Docs
    • Effective and concise writer
    • Patient and good listener
    • Eager to work with adults who aren’t technologically-savvy
    • Eager to work with young adults who are learning new skills
  • A plus: Experience in digital marketing/business

Ideal Timeline:

  1. Attend an orientation in January, date TBD.
  2. Attend SMB Orientation on February 1, 2018 to meet the finalized cohort of SMB clients.
  3. Review and edit SMB clients’ copy between February 1-28, 2018. Be available remotely via email to continue working with SMB clients on their copy. If volunteer prefers to meet with SMB client in person that can be arranged. Finalized edits will be completed by February 28, 2018.
  4. Ideally, volunteer will be available to come into one Bootcamp session between March 5-24, 2018 to review SMB client’s website created by the youth developers and provide last minute edits.

Time Commitment: Estimated 2-3 hours per SMB client. Ideally, each volunteer will work with 4-10 SMB clients.

: Estimated 2 months, including attending a Bootcamp session.

Start Date:
Orientation in January, date TBD

Finish Date:
Mid-late March 2018 if volunteer attends a Bootcamp session. Earlier if not.

This is a remote position, as volunteers will mainly be communicating by phone or email with SMB clients. The volunteer orientation, SMB client orientation on Feb. 1, 2018, and Bootcamp will all be held in Oakland. Locations are TBD.

Ideal Amount of Volunteers:

Next Steps:
Attend a preliminary meeting with Small Business Manager, Mercedes Gibson to confirm timeline and deliverables.

If interested, please email your LinkedIn or resume, a portfolio if applicable, and a note explaining why you're interested in volunteering to the listed contact [volunteer@hackthehood.org].


  • Advertising
  • Copy Writing / Copy Editing
  • Marketing & Communications (Mar/Com)
  • Interactive/Social Media/SEO

Good Match For


Requirements & Commitment

  • Orientation or Training

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