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, which are 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.
These classroom workshops need your help in Harlem this month and next. To sign up to volunteer for one or more dates, please reply with the program code to firstname.lastname@example.org:
Date & Time: Tuesday, November 22nd • 9:40 – 11:10 AM
Volunteer Role: Research Coach
Date & Time 2: Tuesday, November 29th • 9:00 – 10:30 AM
Volunteer Role: Field Trip Assistant
Overview: With Isabel Hill’s books Building Stories and Urban Animals, 2nd and 3rd graders learn basic architectural terms as they discover that buildings have stories to tell. Students will tour their school’s neighborhood and take photographs of the interesting architecture surrounding them. Research coaches will help them find facts about the subjects of their photos. Writing coaches will work with students to take the first draft of their narrative to the next level. The class’s photographs and written work will become a published book.