Classroom Volunteer/Writing Coach

Cause Areas


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


NYC public schoolsManhattan, Brooklyn, Bronx, Harlem, InwoodNew York, NY 10030


Join the volunteer team at Behind the Book, a non-profit literacy organization that inspires New York City public school students to love reading.

We bring accomplished authors and illustrators into pre-K-12th grade classrooms in high-needs schools, where they guide students in creating their own writing and art projects based on the theme of the author's book. Our rich, innovative programs, which are part of the class curricula and meet Common Core Learning Standards, have a successful record of building literacy skills and creating motivated readers at schools around the city.

You need no experience or training to volunteer as a writing, research or art coach, or in another active role to engage and encourage students as they work on their projects. You might help a student edit a short story or essay, guide small groups in researching animals or civil rights issues, or oversee kids creating collages, drawings, or murals.

Individual workshops run about 90 minutes on a school day, usually in the morning. You can participate in any number of workshops in a program series of 3 to 6 dates, scheduled over a few weeks. With a slate of wonderful authors leading creative, thought-provoking programs every school year, you'll find many workshops you'll want to be part of.

For dates of upcoming workshops, including the anchor books, authors, and descriptions of the class project, please visit

To join our team and receive announcements of new volunteer opportunities, please complete our brief questionnaire at

For more information, contact


  • Reading / Writing
  • Mentoring
  • Literacy / Reading

Good Match For

People 55+ Group

Requirements & Commitment

  • Must be at least 18
  • 90-minute workshops; volunteers choose dates

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