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!

Current Opportunities


Volunteers work one-on-one or in small groups with students and work on homework and writing projects. Sign-up 1 to 2 days every week, every other week, or even once a month!

After-school tutoring dates and times:

  • Tuesdays and Thursdays, 4:00-5:30 pm

Young Authors book project 

Young Authors Greenhouse has partnered with a class of seventh-graders at Frederick Law Olmsted Academy South for our first book project. Volunteers will work with students in small groups as they write short stories and poems—which will be published in a book!  We’re looking for volunteers who love to write or value the written word.

YABP dates and times:

  • Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, from 1:20-2:20 pm.

  • Sign-up for 1-3 days a week.

  • We do ask that you commit to the whole semester—students will look forward to seeing your face every week!

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!


Writing Roadshows are one to two hour, pre-set, high energy writing lesson plans for elementary and high school. Teachers can choose an elementary fiction lesson, elementary poetry lesson, or a high-school essay lesson. Volunteers sit with students in small groups and encourage them through the writing process. Dates and times TBD!