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Graphic Design for LGBTQ-inclusive Curricula

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Hope in a Box is an early-stage nonprofit that works with rural public schools to ensure LGBTQ students feel safe, welcome, and included. We believe literature has a unique ability to cultivate empathy and dispel stereotypes, so we send educators and librarians "Hope in a Box:" curated literature featuring LGBTQ protagonists, bespoke curricula for these materials, and coaching on LGBTQ themes and terminology.

We are seeking an experienced designer to develop a template for our curriculum guides. Each guide is a 15-20 page document explaining the key themes, discussion questions, and in-class activities for a particular LGBTQ novel. The guides help public school educators formally weave LGBTQ novels into their lesson plans, benefiting hundreds of rural English teachers, librarians, and guidance counselors across the US.

The curriculum guide template will be applied consistently for all 10 of our curriculum guides. The goal is to match the aesthetic of our existing brand, but the designer will have creative freedom in making the template user-friendly, vibrant, and engaging. Due to the COVID-19 school shutdowns, we aim to distribute these guides virtually, so the template should be optimized for both web-based and print-based distribution.

We anticipate this project will require 10-15 hours of volunteer time. The volunteer will work with the Program Director and the Executive Director.


(+) Ability to dedicate 10-15 hours of volunteer time prior to August 1, 2020

(+) Significant experience in graphic design, including layout and print design

(+) Experience with Adobe InDesign or similar program

(+) Ability to work collaboratively and incorporate feedback throughout the design process

(+) Passion for education and LGBTQ issues

If you are interested or would like to learn more, please email your name, contact information, and a brief statement on your interest and relevant background (no more than 250-300 words) to the Program Director, Daniel Tartakovsky at daniel@hopeinabox.org -- or indicate your interest via Volunteer Match on this form. We will follow up with additional information.

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Mission Statement

Hope in a Box helps rural educators create safe and welcoming classrooms for every student - regardless of gender identity or sexual orientation. We help rural public schools cultivate empathy and combat prejudice by representing LGBTQ people, stories, and history in school libraries and classrooms. We donate "Hope in a Box": curated books and multimedia with LGBTQ protagonists, bespoke lesson plans for these materials, and ongoing coaching on LGBTQ themes and inclusive pedagogy. By fall of 2020, we will have worked with over 120 schools, and we aim to support hundreds of schools in all 50 states by the end of the year.


Research shows that LGBTQ kids are healthier, happier, and safer when their schools include LGBTQ history and literature in their classrooms. Students skip class less often, earn higher GPAs, and are far less likely to be depressed or bullied. Unfortunately, most schools-especially rural ones-rarely include LGBTQ themes in school libraries or curricula. Rural teachers say the biggest barriers to LGBT inclusion is lack of knowledge of which resources to use and how to do so tactfully.

Hope in a Box helps teachers create more welcoming and inclusive classrooms for LGBTQ students. We donate "Hope in a Box": expert-curated literature featuring LGBTQ protagonists, and bespoke lesson plans for key books. We help educators weave these materials into curricula and provide ongoing coaching on LGBTQ themes and terminology.

By Spring 2020, we will have worked with over 120 rural schools in 35 states. Of the educators we’ve worked with, 90% believe Hope in a Box noticeably improves LGBT students’ emotional well-being within one semester of receiving the materials; 80% formally incorporated the materials into curricula. Hundreds of schools across the country remain on our waitlist.

Children & Youth
Education & Literacy


We'll work with your schedule.


This is a Virtual Opportunity, with no fixed address.


  • Graphic Design / Print
  • Graphic Design


  • Teens
  • People 55+


  • We anticipate this project will require 10-15 hours of volunteer time. The volunteer will work with the Program Director and the Executive Director.
  • Ability to complete project prior to August 1, 2020

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