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Volunteer with Behind the Book, a non-profit literacy organization that inspires New York City public school students to love reading. Through our innovative programs, accomplished authors lead workshops in high-needs pre-K-12 classrooms, where they guide students in creating their own writing and art projects based on the theme of the author's book.
No experience or training is necessary to volunteer as a writing or research coach in the classroom or on a field trip. You'll support, engage, and encourage students as they work on their projects.
These two workshops need your support this month at a Fort Greene elementary school. To sign up, contact firstname.lastname@example.org with the program code and date(s) you'd like to join. We'll supply the address, directions, and other information when you're confirmed:
Date & Time 1: Friday, January 5th from 9:00 – 10:30 AM
Volunteer Role: Research Coach
Date & Time 2: Thursday, January 25th from 9:30 – 11:00 AM
Volunteer Role: Writing Coach
About the program: 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.
Visit our volunteer opportunities page to find more program dates in Crown Heights, Fort Greene, Bed-Stuy, and other boroughs throughout the school year.
To join our team and receive announcements of new volunteer opportunities as they're scheduled, please complete our brief questionnaire.