"By volunteering [at 826] a few hours per week, I get to have an absurd amount of fun, and I accomplish something tremendously important."

— Josh Jackson, volunteer at 826LA


Each year, approximately 2,000 active volunteers make our work possible and keep our programs free of charge. These passionate individuals are found at our centers and neighboring schools each day — supporting morning field trips, sitting side-by-side with our students after school, and helping entire classrooms learn the art of writing.


You! 826 National’s volunteers are local community members from a wide range of professions and backgrounds — writers, teachers, artists, college students, parents, bankers, lawyers, and retirees. Whatever your skills, as a volunteer, you’ll positively impact youth in your community.

As a volunteer, how will I support programs and activities at 826?

After-School Tutoring
Volunteers inspire learning and foster creativity in our After-School Tutoring program by providing students with free, individualized homework help across all subjects.

Volunteers help teachers inspire their students to write during one of our many in-school programs, which provide students with individualized support on writing projects, including news articles, oral histories, college entrance essays, and more.

Field Trips
Volunteers support an entire class of students as they collaboratively write and illustrate an original story in just two hours. By the end of each field trip, students become accomplished authors — leaving with their newly published work in hand.

Volunteers encourage students to explore their creativity and strengthen their writing skills through 826’s imaginative, project-based workshops program.