Volunteers helped us support more than 5,300 DC students between the ages of 6-18 in 2015 and 2016. Volunteers craft and lead original writing adventures both in our space and in classrooms across DC. They support publishing projects and book releases, provide homework help, bring student stories to life, and levitate wands in our storefront.
After-School Writing Lab
Help elementary school students finish their homework and produce quality writing. As a homework and writing mentor, you'll build relationships with students and support their academic skill growth. Commitment is 1 day per week for 3 months.
Support first through seventh grade students in this fast-paced program! In two hours, students collectively write, edit, illustrate, and publish a book, and each student leaves with their own copy. This is a great opportunity for individuals or groups! Commitment is 1-2 times per month for 3 months. Illustrators and Spanish speakers are especially welcome!
If you have a writing passion, workshops are the perfect place to share it! Prior workshops include running for president; mystery writing; personal essays; owl pellet dissection and science writing; and poems about the rainbow. Volunteers create, lead, and support all workshops. Commitment is flexible.
Reading All-Stars meets every Saturday throughout the school year. Volunteers are paired with a student to read, write, and mentor. Volunteers who can make most Saturdays during the school year are preferred, but on-call substitutes are needed too! Commitment is every Saturday during the academic year.
In-School Writing, Editing & Publishing
826DC regularly partners with teachers in first through twelfth grade on writing projects in the classroom in our most teacher-driven program. Volunteers support students in small groups and occasionally lead small writing activities. Upcoming and past projects include a feminist analysis of Beyoncé’s album Lemonade; op-ed writing about democracy and voting; cross-textual analysis of Romeo & Juliet and West Side Story; and concrete poetry. Commitment varies by project; check the weekly volunteer e-news for details.
Young Authors' Book Project
In our flagship program, writing mentors work intensively with students on a writing project that takes student work from drafting to revision to editing to publication. Commitment is 1 day/time per week.
Clerk at Tivoli's Astounding Magic Supply
Our storefront serves as a tool for outreach and fundraising as well as a point of entry to the rest of our organization. Shifts are 12-3pm and 3-6pm Monday-Saturday plus 10am-12pm on Saturdays. Knowing magic is a bonus, not a requirement.
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Requirements & Commitment
- Background Check
- Must be at least 18
- Orientation or Training