When you volunteer with 826NYC you’re joining a community of nearly 500 dedicated and passionate New Yorkers who make our daily programming and operations possible. Last year volunteers led classes of public school students in 122 field trips, mentored 148 students in after-school tutoring, helped produce almost 40 publications of young writers’ work, and so much more. As a volunteer, you’ll not only create spaces for young people to express themselves, but you’ll also become a part of a community of caring and fascinating adults.
– At least 18 years old and/or high school graduates. Exceptions for 16 and 17 year olds can be made on a case-by-case basis.
– Pass a background check with the NYC Department of Education, if in a student-facing program
– Consistently attend confirmed shifts, barring extenuating circumstances that are communicated to us ahead of time
– Treat students equally regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, ability, or socioeconomic status, among other identities. Promote a belief that intelligence and skills can be grown over time and take advantage of ongoing training opportunities.
Failure to comply with these guidelines may result in a request that involved parties step down from our volunteer corps.
Volunteers can work with our students in a number of programs during the school year. The best way to get started is to sign up for an orientation where you can learn more about all of our programs. The orientation is required to volunteer in our student-facing programs, and is a great way to learn more about 826NYC and get the tools you need to support our young people.
If you have any questions, you can email our volunteer team at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Field Trips and Store Shifts
Not all of our programs require completion of an orientation before getting started – you can sign up for a field trip or a store shift today! You can see all of our available shifts by looking at this calendar, and if you’re already in our system, you can sign up directly that way! If you aren’t, signing up is as easy as emailing our volunteer team at email@example.com, and he can help you get signed up.
The vast majority of our chapbooks, flyers, event materials, invitations, and posters are designed by volunteers. We are always looking for graphic designers and editors to support the publication process. We also frequently need professional photographers to document our events, which include everything from student book release parties to major fundraisers. If you’re interested in getting involved, please email our volunteer team at firstname.lastname@example.org!
Volunteering with 826NYC is not only working with our students, it’s also an excellent way to create new connections with fellow members of the community. Our volunteers come from a plethora of backgrounds, skills, and interests, but their passion for supporting NYC youth brings them together.
We host events exclusively for our volunteers, ranging from evening happy hours to roundtable discussions on urban education.
We provide benefits for volunteers in any way we can, including a 40% discount on any purchase at the Brooklyn Superhero Supply Co. We also partner with local businesses to get exclusive deals for our volunteers.
Commitment to Inclusion
As an organization committed to encouraging youth in their creative expression, personal growth, and academic success, 826 National and its chapters recognize the importance of diversity at all levels and in all aspects of our work. In order to build and maintain the safe, supportive 826 environment in which great leaps of learning occur, we commit to inclusion: We will not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, ethnicity, age, gender identity, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, nationality, marital status, English fluency, parental status, military service or disability.
Become a Volunteer
“If you’re thinking about it, just do it! Sign up for an orientation — I was surprised just how much 826 has going on, and how many different ways there are to be involved. It’s honestly been more rewarding than I could have possibly imagined, and if you, like me, do not have much experience working with kids, don’t worry — the intimidation factor dissolves pretty much instantly as soon as you walk into this magical space.”
–Leeann, 826NYC Volunteer
The first step to volunteering is to attend an upcoming orientation. Orientations take place on Friday afternoons or weekend mornings, and you’ll learn about our programs and how best to work with our students. Questions in the meantime? Email us at email email@example.com!