Current Volunteer Opportunities

January — March 2018 Volunteer Opportunities

You need no experience or training to volunteer with pre-K-to-12 students as a writing, research or art coach, or in another active role.

To sign up, contact volunteer@behindthebook.org with each program code, date, and time you’d like. The program coordinator will follow up closer to the date with more details about the curriculum, your role as a volunteer, and other information. If you must cancel, please let us know as soon as possible. 

First time volunteering? Please complete our brief questionnaire to let us know your interests and availability. You’ll receive announcements of new program dates as they’re scheduled.


Program 465DR-B (Fort Greene, Brooklyn) 

Date:  Thursday, January 25th
Time: 9:30  – 11:00 AM
Volunteer Role: Writing Coach

Overview: Fifth-graders read about the life of Jackie Robinson, and how he broke baseball’s color barrier, in 42 Is Not Just A Number: The Odyssey of Jackie Robinson, American Hero by Doreen Rappaport. They’ll learn how the celebrated ball-player launched a movement that led to greater civil rights. Research coaches will help students gather facts on Jackie’s achievements, as well as other acts of resistance in US history. Writing coaches will guide them in editing news articles written in the spirit of Wendell Smith, a black sportswriter dedicated to integrating major-league baseball. Program Coordinator: Myra Hernandez

Program 1254JSR-R (Harlem) 

Date: Friday, March 2nd
Time: 9:00 – 10:30 AM
Volunteer Role: Research Coach

Date: Friday, March 16th
Time: 9:00 – 10:30 AM
Volunteer Role: Writing Coach

Overview: With Subway Story by Julia Sarcone-Roach, fourth-graders read the story of a subway car that was repurposed into an artificial reef in the Atlantic Ocean. Research coaches will guide them in finding facts about other ways subway cars have been transformed for new uses. Students will also visit the New York Transit Museum in Brooklyn. Writing coaches will help them polish drafts of informational pieces in which they imagine how a subway car might be transformed. Program Coordinator: Jo Umans

More dates to come!