All programs will take place virtually during the 2021-2022 school year.
First time volunteering? Please follow these steps!
- Sign up for "Fully Programmed: Working with Students Training" on the Volunteer Sign-Up Calendar (if you haven't yet completed it).
- Read our Volunteer Handbook, paying particular attention to our Virtual Programming Guidelines on page 23.
- Sign our Digital Program Agreement & National Volunteer Guidelines.
- Once you've completed Fully Programmed, you can start working with our students – virtually! You can find virtual volunteer opportunities on our Volunteer Sign-Up Calendar, on the "Online Learning Lab" tab.
Feel free to check out our Volunteer Touchstones: Connecting with students, a document to help guide you in navigating conversations with students about current events.
About In-School Projects
Our In-school Projects are our way of bringing the magic and energy of 826michigan into classrooms in Ann Arbor, Ypsilanti, and Detroit. We work with our partnership schools and teachers to develop unique programs and workshops that best fit the needs of students and teachers. Our In-school Projects can range from one-session workshops to multi-session publication projects. We are working with teachers to bring these same kinds of offerings into classrooms virtually this year.
- We ask that you commit to volunteer at every session of an in-school project when possible. For some projects, such as the Erickson Writers Club, a commitment to the whole project is required in order to build community. Other projects, like Retelling Fairy Tales through Mad-Libs, are okay as a one-session commitment.
- Please see each in-school project's description for details on the required commitment for that particular project. These details are in our twice-monthly Volunteer Email. Once you've signed up, the program manager/coordinator will email you prior to the first session with the lesson plan, learning goals, and other expectations for the project.
- When in-person, give yourself a few extra minutes to park, find the school's entrance, and sign in. Ten minutes before each project, staff and volunteers will have a pre-project meeting to go over lesson plans. If this is your first in-school project, please let the staff member know.
- If you have any questions about the program at any time, please contact Education Director Catherine Calabro Cavin.
Our Family Writing Lab is currently on hold.