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Volunteer as a writing or research coach for Brooklyn public school literacy programs — Brooklynian

Volunteer as a writing or research coach for Brooklyn public school literacy programs

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 elementary schools in Fort Greene and Bed-Stuy. To sign up, please contact with the program code and time slot(s) you've chosen. We'll supply the school address, directions, and other information when you're confirmed:

1. PROGRAM EA6NG-M (Bed-Stuy)

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 workshops: Sixth-graders in four Black History classes read Nikki Grimes’ book "One Last Word," which offers a fresh look at the Harlem Renaissance poets. Using the author’s “Golden Shovel” method, 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.

2. PROGRAM 463SF-R (Fort Greene)

Date: Tuesday, October 24th, 2017

Time: 9:30 – 11:00 AM

Volunteer Role: Research Coach

About the workshop: Third-graders read "Who Was Frida Kahlo?" by Sarah Fabiny to learn about this celebrated Mexican artist, and explore how aspects of her life are reflected in her work. They’ll study Kahlo’s depictions of traditional Mexican dress, indigenous artifacts, and natural elements, as well as traditional items such as masks, clothing, and jewelry. Research coaches will assist students in gathering facts for their written pieces. *Spanish speakers greatly appreciated!

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