There are a number of ways you can help as a volunteer. No experience or training is necessary, as Behind the Book and school staff are always in the classroom to guide you.

Each workshop runs one to two hours (don’t forget to include travel when you determine your total time commitment). Typically, you’ll work with the same group of students in a classroom for two to four visits, scheduled over a few weeks. As a volunteer, you’ll not only experience the entire program, but you’ll be integral to its success.

As a volunteer in the classroom, you may:
1. Assist students in crafting stories or essays, doing research, illustrating or making crafts to accompany their writing, or other projects
2. Photograph the classroom in action for posting on Behind the Book’s and sponsor websites
3. Supervise students during field trips

As a volunteer in Behind the Book’s office, you may:
1. Conduct media coverage and public relations assignments
2. Extend our community outreach by building partnerships, developing relationships with local businesses, and liaising with political leaders
3. Support fundraising and promotion by working on mailings, events, and other projects

Okay, I’m in. What happens next?

Please complete the brief questionnaire below. You can find current dates to volunteer on our volunteer opportunities page. For more information, contact volunteer@BehindtheBook.org.

Behind the Book Volunteer Questionnaire

This information allows us to keep you up-to-date on volunteer opportunities, and determine which ones best match your skills, interests, and availability.

First name (required)

Last name (required)

Email address (required)

Phone (required)

Mailing address

Borough (or city and state if outside NYC)

Zip Code

How did you hear about us? (required)

Which volunteer areas interest you most?

Please mark your skills and experiences.
Event PlanningCurriculum DevelopmentProgram Evaluation / StatisticsGraphic DesignPhotographyVideography or video editingWriting / EditingPR / Marketing

Feel free to suggest how you could use your interests and skills to further Behind the Book's mission.

Please indicate if you speak any other languages and at what level. (e.g. Spanish, intermediate)

Please indicate if you have any teaching experience. (specify subjects / grades)

Please indicate your days/hours of availability. Please note that all classroom visits take place at the school during the school day, and last 90 minutes.