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Volunteer as a ‘Behind the Book’ Writing Coach for Wash. Hts. Public School Literacy Program

This workshop needs your help: Author/illustrator Katie Yamasaki‘s “Fish for Jimmy,” about a Japanese-American boy whose family is placed in an internment camp after the attack on Pearl Harbor, inspired eighth-graders to consider the humanity of people enduring difficult times. Based on pictures they drew in Japanese orihon-style bound books, each student wrote a letter to a friend from the perspective of a character in the camp. Writing coaches will guide them in polishing drafts of their work. Spanish-speaking volunteers needed.

Volunteer with Behind the Book, a non-profit literacy organization that inspires New York City public school students to explore stories and empower their voices. Through our innovative programs, which are part of the class curricula, accomplished authors visit high-needs pre-K-12th grade classrooms to guide students in creating their own writing projects based on the theme of the author’s book.

You need no experience or training to volunteer. As a coach, you’ll support and encourage students as they work on their projects.

This writing workshop needs your help at a middle school in the Heights. To sign up, contact volunteer@behindthebook.org with the program code. We’ll supply more information when you’re confirmed.

Program 3288KY-S
Date: Wednesday, January 16th
Time: 9:45 – 10:30 AM
About the program: Author/illustrator Katie Yamasaki‘s Fish for Jimmy, about a Japanese-American boy whose family is placed in an internment camp after the attack on Pearl Harbor, inspired eighth-graders to consider the humanity of people enduring difficult times. Based on pictures they drew in Japanese orihon-style bound books, each student wrote a letter to a friend from the perspective of a character in the camp. Writing coaches will guide them in polishing drafts of their work. Spanish-speaking volunteers needed

For information on other program dates around the city, please visit our volunteer opportunities page.