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, supported the launch of our first-ever Writers' Room in East Harlem, helped produce almost 40 publications of young writers’ work, and so much more. As a volunteer, you’ll not only create spaces for students to express themselves, but you’ll also become a part of a community of caring and fascinating adults.
Sign Up Today
We have a variety of programs in which volunteers can participate. 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 after-school tutoring, Writers’ Room, and in-schools projects, and is a great way to learn more about 826NYC and develop best practices for working with our students.
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 Ian at email@example.com, and he can help you get signed up.
Design: The vast majority of our chapbooks, flyers, event materials, invitations, and posters are designed by volunteers. If you’re a professional graphic designer interested in doing some volunteer design work for 826NYC, we would love to hear from you.
Editing: Publishing our student work is a common occurrence at 826NYC, so we are often asking volunteers to help us with the editing and proofreading process. If you are a grammar nerd or maybe you’re just a voracious reader, editing our students’ work for publication is a great way to get involved from the comfort of your own desk!
Photography: We frequently need professional photographers to document our events, which include everything from student book release parties to major fundraisers.
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 common interest in helping NYC youth explore their voices through writing brings them all together.
We host monthly events exclusively for our volunteers, ranging from evening happy hours to Q&As with renowned journalists to roundtable discussions on urban education.
We provide benefits for volunteers in any way we can, including a 40 percent discount on any purchase at the Brooklyn Superhero Supply Co. We also partner with local businesses to get the exclusive deals and discounts 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
“The students are my favorite thing about volunteering [with 826NYC]. They’re bright and hilarious and weird, and helping them out helps you too, and makes you feel like a part of the community—which can be difficult in a city as big as this one.”
–Lindsay, 826NYC volunteer
As 826NYC expands our programs, we need individuals with daytime availability to support our growing number of students. We are currently recruiting volunteers for three programs: After-School Tutoring, In-Schools, and the Writers’ Room.
The first step to getting involved? Attending an upcoming orientation! You can fill out the form below, or follow this link to sign up. If you have any questions in the meantime, feel free to email our Volunteer and Programs Coordinator, Liz Levine, at firstname.lastname@example.org.