We need you! Our individual chapters could not operate without the help of our
talented, enthusiastic, and caring volunteers.
Volunteers help us with everything, from running field trips to helping an entire
classroom of local students learn how to write a story, to assisting student writers
during one of our Young Authors’ Book Projects. They even help with administrative
work such as graphic design and website maintenance.
Who can volunteer, you ask? In a word: you! 826 volunteers are local community
residents from a wide range of professions—writers, teachers, artists, college
students, parents, bankers, lawyers, and retirees.
Whatever your skills, as an 826 volunteer, you’ll positively impact youth from your
community. If you'd like to volunteer at your local 826 writing center, please click
the following links for information on volunteering in Ann Arbor, Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco, Seattle, and Washington, DC.
After you sign up to volunteer, you’ll be trained by our experienced staff as a mentor
in one (or however many you wish!) of the following:
After School Tutoring Training
Volunteers learn best practices for tutoring students, including keeping students
inspired, tackling tough assignments, getting homework finished, and forging a
Young Authors' Book Project
Volunteers learn the ins and outs of 826 book projects. From tips for working with
students one-on-one to helping students edit their writing, to what to do with
questionable material that students write.
Storytelling & Bookmaking Field Trip Training
Volunteers learn best practices for working with a full class, fielding difficult questions or suggestions, drawing out quiet students, and keeping the fun and productive.
Reading Strategies & ELL
Volunteers interested in serving as English Language Learners mentors, learn how
to meet the more complex needs of those students who are learning English as a
College Essay Training
Volunteers benefit from the experience and expertise of college admissions
directors who read and select essays, and leave with the tools they need to help high
school students face the most intimidating essay they’ve ever written.
Workshop Teacher Training
Volunteers develop new workshops, refine class schedules and goals, rework rough
drafts of lesson plans, and receive general tips for teaching.