We’re excited to introduce you to our April Volunteer of the Month, Adi Kwiatek. Adi is one member of our awesome design cohort, and has created amazing books for our students’ writing such as Hope is a Lion, Our Worldview: We Are Who We Are, and You’re Worth More Than Anything! Learn more about Adi’s interests and what volunteering for 826NYC means to them below.
826NYC: How did you first get involved with 826NYC, and why did you decide to volunteer?
Adi: I found out about 826NYC at a volunteer fair at my college. I wanted to volunteer because it seemed like a fun way to use my skills in design to create something special. I have always loved reading and literature and love that 826 helps young writers find their voice!
826NYC: What’s your favorite part of 826NYC?
Adi: My favorite part is seeing the finished product come together with all of the students’ hard work all together and presented in a way they can be proud of. It is an added bonus when we hear back from teachers that they/the students are happy with the final book!
826NYC: What do you do when you’re not at 826NYC?
Adi: When not volunteering for 826NYC I am training and rehabilitating my nervous rescue dog, helping my partner with her painting practice, spending time with friends, cooking a delicious meal, or working as an art director and designer.
826NYC: What advice would you give to a new volunteer?
Adi: For new volunteer designers, I would say that reading through the student work to get inspiration is a great first step in designing a book. It helps the design feel more connected to the students and more relatable!
826NYC: What are your superpowers?
Adi: I am really good with animals and love to be helpful! Ask me if I can help you with literally anything, and I can probably figure it out.