Opportunities to volunteer for classroom programs are below. No experience or training is necessary to work with K-12 students as a writing or research coach, art assistant, or field trip supervisor.
If you haven’t volunteered with us before, please complete our brief application to become a member of our team.
To sign up for an opportunity, reply to firstname.lastname@example.org with the program code(s) and date(s) in which you’d like to participate. Once you’ve been confirmed, you’re all set to volunteer! The programming coordinator will follow up a few days before each date with details about the curriculum and your role as a volunteer. You will also receive directions to the school and where to meet before you go into the classroom. Please contact email@example.com if you have to cancel.
Remember, new programs are always being added and programs can fill quickly. Currently we’re most in need of volunteers at our Brooklyn programs, and our Marthe Jocelyn program in Harlem. Once you’ve completed our volunteer application you’ll receive announcements by email and we also send updates through Twitter and Facebook.
Fifth-grade Special Education students will read two books by Doreen, then write and illustrate biographies of people from the same era. They’ll learn how to conduct research, prioritize and organize information, and put it in essay form, as well as proofread and edit.
This ninth-grade English Language Learners class read the true story of an American girl who writes to a boy in Zimbabwe, forging a life-changing friendship. Students learned interview techniques, with a focus on turning another perspective into a sensory-rich personal account, to write vignettes about their lives before and after their moves to the U.S.
Fifth-graders studying U.S. human rights laws will describe how the laws address a chosen human right, what change has been realized, and improvements they’d make. A visiting human rights lawyer will answer their questions. Students will also create paintings to represent their work.
This fifth-grade special education class is reading about Lizzie and her brother, who get to attend school after slavery is abolished. The students will write about a goal of their own, their plans to achieve it, and ways to overcome obstacles in the process.
In a study of space travel, this fourth-grade class will research and write about different space flights, the astronauts’ missions and jobs. They’ll also write about their own mission to a planet with life forms similar to humans. What gifts they would bring to represent earth?