When a student says, I hate writing, we take it as a challenge, a catalyst. The beginning of listening, encouraging, and telling stories, of hard work and edits.  And later, we hear the transformation—I am proud of my work. I am an author. And honestly, we don’t know of a better ending.

By volunteering,  you can be a part of this. Volunteers are the heart and energy of our work. Whether you want to work directly with our students or you would prefer a behind-the-scenes, eyes-peeled-for-comma-splices job, we want to hear from you!

Take a look through our programs to see what piques your interest and fits your schedule!


Portland Programs


Volunteers work one-on-one or in small groups with students on reading and homework in any subject! 

  • Wednesdays, 4:00-5:30pm 

  • Sign up 1 to 2 days every week, every other week, or even once a month! 

After-school WRITERS CLUB 

Volunteers work with students one-on-one or in small groups as they explore all different types of writing. The themes rotate every six weeks and range from comic writing to poetry to letter writing. 

  • Starting August 28, Wednesdays, 4:00-5:30pm

  • We encourage volunteers to sign up for the entire six weeks of each theme rotation 


Volunteers work with high school writers and changemakers in our community! The students serve on an editorial board, participate in writing workshops, and help contribute to and oversee our publications. The direction of this project is completely student-led! 

  • Start date TBD 

  • Mondays, 4:00pm-5:30pm

  • We encourage volunteers to sign up for the entire twelve weeks of this project 


We are a destination for classrooms! Our field trips are fun, exciting, and energetic writing experiences where students write stories to show our always-arguing twin bosses how to resolve conflict. Volunteers fill a variety of roles: working with students, typing stories, binding books, and even being the voices of the twins!

  • Most Monday and Wednesdays, 10:00am-12:00pm

  • Since field trips are one-time experiences, volunteers can sign up for field trips as it fits! 

  • If you are interested, let us know and we will keep you up-to-date on the schedule. 


Workshops are one-time exciting explorations into all kinds of writing! Volunteers work with students one-on-one or in small groups and help champion the writing process. 

  • First Saturday of every month, 1:00pm-3:00pm

  • Since workshops are one-time experiences, volunteers can sign up as it fits! 


In-School Programs


This year, we are creating an anthology of young voices across Louisville from three different schools: Olmsted Academy South, Western Middle, and Southern High School. 

Olmsted Academy South 

Writing the Stories We Breathe 

In this creative non-fiction project, young writers will discuss vulnerability, social media, and girlhood—challenging the status quo and expectations that come with being a girl. Students will use writing to explore and expand definitions of joy, healing, beauty, health, and strength. 

After six weeks, we will switch gears and move into the songwriting portion of the workshop! 

Project details: 

  • The schedule is tricky this year—we are on a Tuesday/Thursday and Wednesday/Friday rotation (and one curveball Monday), but we will always meet 1:00pm-2:20pm.

  • Program dates: 

    • August: 21, 23, 27, 29

    • September: 3, 5, 9, 11, 17, 19, 25, 27

    • October: 10, 16, 18, 22, 24, 30

    • November: 1, 7, 13, 15, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22

Western Middle 

Girlhood in Color 

In this program, middle school girls will explore their identities and tell their stories through poetry and creative non-fiction! The students will write and discuss five themes: beauty, home/immigration, playing with language, family, and intersectionality. 

Project Details: 

  • We will meet Tuesdays and Thursdays, 2:45pm-4pm.

  • Program dates: 

    • September: 17, 19, 24, 26

    • October: 1, 3, 10, 15, 17, 22, 24, 29, 31

    • November: 7, 12, 14, 19, 21

    • December: 3, 5, 10, 12, 17, 19

Southern High School 

Details forthcoming!



Roadshows are one-time, pre-set, high-energy writing lesson plans for middle and high schoolers. We offer poetry and fiction roadshows. 

Project details: 

  • Roadshows are scheduled on Tuesday and Thursday mornings.

  • If you are interested in roadshows, let us know and we will keep you posted as they are scheduled!

In addition to working with students, we have some other behind-the-scenes volunteer opportunities:

Graphic Design

Lend your design talent to our publications or marketing materials! 

Copy Editing 

We always need fresh sets of eyes to get student work ready for publication! 

Event Planning

Help us plan fundraisers, volunteer social events, and student readings! 

Shop Keeping

If you have a knack for retail, you can brainstorm products for our whimsical store front and spread the mission of Young Authors Greenhouse!