Writing Coach for Literacy Programs in NYC Public Schools



Start Date


End Date


Times of day

Weekday Mornings

Time Commitment

A few hours per month


One-time only


Bed-Stuy public school
New York
United States


Volunteer with Behind the Book, a non-profit literacy organization that inspires New York City public school students to love reading. Through our rich, 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, research or art coach in the classroom. You'll support, engage, and encourage students as they work on their projects.

These workshops need your support at a school in Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn. To sign up, please contact volunteer@behindthebook.org with the program code and time(s) you'd like. We'll supply the school address, directions, and other information when you're confirmed:

Program EA6NG-M

Date: Tuesday, October 17th, 2017

Times (choose any or all 3 slots): 9:00 – 9:45 AM / 10:35 AM – 12:10 PM / 12:55 – 1:35 PM:

Volunteer Role: Writing Coach

About the workshop: Sixth-graders in four Black History classes read Nikki Grimes’ book of poems, One Last Word, which offers a fresh look at the poets of the Harlem Renaissance. Using the author’s “Golden Shovel” method of writing, each student selected a poem, chose a stanza from it, and wrote their own poem that relates to the theme of his or her identity. Writing coaches will help them edit their work to reach a final draft in performance form.

To find other Behind the Book programs around the city, visit our volunteer opportunities page.

To join our team and receive announcements of new volunteer opportunities as they're posted, please complete our brief questionnaire.

We welcome


International Volunteers

How To Apply



To sign up, please contact volunteer@behindthebook.org with the program code and time(s) you'd like