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.

Volunteer Opportunities


Volunteer Requirements

– At least 18 years-old and/or high school graduates
– If in a student-facing program: pass a background check with the NYC Department of Education
– Consistently attend confirmed shifts. If you are unable to attend your shift, please give us as much advance notice as possible!
– Communicates as needed with program coordinators and programs manager about availability, feedback, and any necessary support
– Treat students equally regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, ability, or socioeconomic status. Eager to create a safe space where students are free to express themselves! Promotes a belief that intelligence and skills can be grown over time and takes advantage of ongoing training opportunities.
– Embodies our belief that intelligence and skills can be grown over time by learning from our students, self reflection, and professional development opportunities

If you are able to comply with these guidelines, you might make a great volunteer!We encourage volunteers of all backgrounds to apply, especially volunteers who best reflect our students’ experiences (BIPOC, LatinX, Hispanic, LGBTQ+, Neurodivergent, etc)

Failure to comply with these guidelines may result in a request that involved parties step down from our volunteer corps.

Become a 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 volunteer@826nyc.org!

Sign up for an orientation here!