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 reading skills at schools around the city.

You need no experience or training to volunteer as a writing or research coach, art assistant, or in another active role to engage and encourage students as they work in their classrooms. You might help a middle school student edit a short story, guide third-graders in researching animals, or supervise a group of kindergarteners creating collages.

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

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

For more information, contact Thanks for helping us create more readers for life in New York City public schools.


  • Reading / Writing

Good Match For

People 55+ Group

Requirements & Commitment

  • Must be at least 18
  • 90 minutes per session; volunteers choose dates
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