Become a volunteer with Behind the Book, a non-profit literacy organization that inspires New York City public school students to love reading. Through our rich, innovative programs, taught as part of the class curricula, accomplished authors visit high-needs pre-K-12th grade classrooms to guide students in creating their own writing and art projects.
You need no experience or training to volunteer as a writing, research or art coach to engage and encourage students as they work on their projects.
The classroom workshop below needs your help in downtown Manhattan. To sign up to volunteer, please reply with the program code to firstname.lastname@example.org:
Date & Time 1: Wednesday, December 15th • 1:15 – 2:00 PM
Volunteer Role: Research Coach
Date & Time 2: Tuesday, January 10th • 1:15 – 2:45 PM
Volunteer Role: Writing Coach
Overview: This 12th-grade English class will read Marina Budhos’s Watched, a novel that examines what it means to grow up in the age of surveillance. They’ll discuss its themes and ideas with the author, as well as her writing and revision process. Using the book as inspiration, each student will research and write an article relating to identity and/or surveillance. Their writing will be collected in a magazine that also features their artwork.