Current Volunteer Opportunities

Spring 2016 Volunteer Opportunities

No experience or training is necessary to work with students as a writing or research coach, art assistant, or field trip supervisor. If you haven’t volunteered before, please complete our brief application to become a member of our team and receive updates of new opportunities, both inside and outside the classroom.

To sign up for an opportunity, reply with the program code(s) and date(s) to volunteer@behindthebook.org. Once you’ve been confirmed, you’re all set. The programming coordinator will follow up a few days before each date with more details about the curriculum and your role, directions to the school, and where to meet. Please let us know as soon as possible if you have to cancel.

Volunteer spots can fill quickly, so check this page regularly to find updates. We also announce new programs through Twitter and Facebook.


MAY

Program EAJF531 (Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn)

Book/Author: A Song for Bijou by Josh Farrar
Program Coordinator: Briana Harris

Volunteer Role: Writing Coach
Date/Time:
Tuesday, May 31st • 11:20 AM – 12:50 PM

Overview:  A sixth-grade class at this all-boys school read a romance about a Brooklyn kid who also attends an all-boys school, and meets a girl recently arrived from Haiti. The students wrote short stories based on people they know in real life, using character profiles they created with the author. Volunteers will assist them in developing second drafts of their work.

Program 98RM531 (Inwood)

Book/Author: Hatch! by Roxie Munro
Program Coordinator: Shana Druckerman

Volunteer Role: Writing Coach
Date/Time:
Tuesday, May 31st • 11:15 AM – 12:45 PM—FILLED

Overview: Did you know that a male emperor penguin incubates a single egg for nine weeks, balancing it between his feet and belly? Or that the largest egg in the world is the ostrich’s, which can weigh up to 2.5 pounds? To crack open the world of eggs and birds, first-graders will  incubate their own chicken eggs, watching them develop and hatch into baby chicks. They’ll track what they see using observation journals, then turn the notes into a written piece that includes sensory words for detail and expression. Writing coaches will help small groups of students craft and polish their essays.

JUNE

Program EAZE603 (Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn)

Book/Author: Bird by Zetta Elliott
Program Coordinator: Briana Harris

Volunteer Role: Writing Coach
Date/Time:
Friday, June 3rd • 12:10 – 1:40 PM

Overview: Students read this story about a boy who struggles to understand the death of  his beloved grandfather and his older brother’s dying from drug addiction. The seventh-graders wrote short fictionalized accounts of a real-life experience with loss of their own. Volunteers will work with them to produce second drafts of their stories.

Program 241PB606 (Crown Heights, Brooklyn)

Book/Author:  Virgil and Owen by Paulette Bogan
Program Coordinator: Briana Harris

Volunteer Role: Writing Coach
Date/Time:
Monday, June 6th • 9:00 – 10:30 AM

Overview: Volunteers will join this kindergarten class for an author visit. Based on a worksheet and the author’s instructions, they’ll guide the students and their buddies in writing a skit about solving a problem constructively. The skits will be performed using hand puppets the students created with BtB’s teaching artist.

Program 241RWG606 (Crown Heights, Brooklyn)

Book/Author: Bottle Cap Boys: Dancing on Royal Street by Rita Williams-Garcia
Program Coordinator: Briana Harris

Volunteer Role: Art Assistant
Date/Time:
Monday, June 6th • 12:30 – 2:00 PM 

Overview: First-graders read about street dancers in New Orleans who use bottle caps to create makeshift tap-dancing shoes. The students, who’ve taken a tap lesson themselves, will experiment with repurposing items from their own environments to make musical instruments. Volunteers will help small groups create one of four instruments from a variety of recycled materials.