August Volunteer of the Month: Brook Li

News —— August 1, 2023

826NYC volunteer Brook standing wearing a white t-shirt, a gray backpack, and a brimmed hat tied around her neck. She is smiling and her dark brown hair is being blown by the wind. There is sand and mountains behind her.

We’re excited to introduce you to our August Volunteer of the Month, Brook Li! Brook started volunteering with us last year, and most recently supported students in our summer workshops! Learn more about Brook by reading her interview below:

826NYC: How did you first get involved with 826NYC and why did you decide to volunteer?

Brook: I was introduced to the world of 826 through 826LA – a.k.a the Time Travel Mart! I had just graduated from my undergraduate college and begun working as a K-6 teacher. Volunteering at 826 enabled me to meet many brilliant people who shared the same passion for education, such as writers, artists, and fellow teachers. I also became a better teacher by observing and participating in 826’s fun and creative curriculums. Once I moved to NYC last year, I immediately searched for the Superhero Supply Co—which I had heard about many times in the Time Travel Mart—and signed up as a volunteer.

826NYC: What’s your favorite part of 826NYC?

Brook: The classroom is my favorite place. The enthusiasm of kids is often infectious. I also enjoyed the supportive environment and the sense of community among students, staff, and volunteers.

826NYC: What do you do when you’re not at 826NYC?

Brook: I am currently part of a graduate school program in clinical psychology at Teachers College. I am also a would-be urban naturalist and an outdoor educator in training.

826NYC: What advice would you give a new volunteer?

Brook: I highly recommend flipping through students’ publications in the store. Children have such unique perspectives to look at the world with. Their observations of their lives can be pretty hilarious and sprinkled with unexpected wisdom.

826NYC: What are your superpowers?

Brook: Hmm . . . I was often told I was a keen in observation and perception. Maybe mind reading? Haha

Want to support our students? Sign up for a volunteer orientation today!