Introducing the Uptown Stories Small Job Squad.

As a young nonprofit, with a tiny (albeit mighty) staff, we genuinely need volunteer help. However, we know how uncomfortable it is to commit to an open-ended, vague project. So we’ve come up with a bunch of discrete, but essential ways you can volunteer to help. Some of these jobs are completable, and others are on-going, but in either case we ask that you commit to your small job for at least three months. Thanks to your support, we’ll be able to reach more young people uptown and help them discover their inner voices in a diverse community of writers.

Scroll through the current volunteer opportunities to see if there’s a job that’s right for you! Clicking any tile will redirect you to our sign-up form. We look forward to hearing from you!

Anthology Advisor

Karina teaches us the wonders of Adobe InDesign so we can publish our incredible anthologies.

Karina Granda

Karina Granda is an Art Director at Little, Brown Books for Young Readers where she designs Young Adult and Middle Grade novels, as well as the occasional Picture Book. She has worked on numerous New York Times bestsellers including The Folk of the Air series by Holly Black, Internment by Samira Ahmed, The Magic Misfits series by Neil Patrick Harris, Love & Gelato by Jenna Evans Welch. When not making books, she likes to take walks around her Bushwick neighborhood, visit museums, watch reality TV, and read Yelp reviews for her next eating adventure. You can find her work at karinagranda.com

Social Media Savant

As a Savant, Julia knows just what to share with our followers – everything from writing excerpts to nerdy fun facts… we have yet to find something she doesn’t know.


Julianna Chang

Julianna is a lover of all things art, and is happy to be a helping hand at Uptown Stories.

Traductora Habladora

Assuring all voices can be heard here at Uptown.

Natalie Legros

Natalie Legros is a Haitian-American native of Washington Heights. She started learning Spanish in middle school and went on to major in Spanish at Haverford College. (She also studied linguistics and Chinese.) She has translated for online newspapers, non-profit organizations, and media companies. In May, she will earn her Master’s degree in Translation from Kent State University. In her free time, she enjoys travelling, listening to music, baking, and being a foodie!

Workshop Wizard

As a Workshop Wizard, Hibah provides extra support to instructors in our creative writing workshops.

Hibah Vora

Hibah Vora is a student at Barnard College of Columbia University and an avid volunteer for Uptown Stories’ marketing and writing workshops. Hibah is passionate about helping students of all backgrounds succeed and develop a love for writing. Outside of school, Hibah conducts laboratory research, is a senior staff writer for a college publication, is on the Columbia University Sailing Team, and is on the executive board for the Columbia Undergraduate Science Journal, and tutors students for standardized tests.

AdWords Authority

If the mysteries of AdWords are second nature to you, keep reading. Google gives us $10K in Google Ads each month – and we need help using that opportunity to spread the good word about Uptown Stories.

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The Anthologester helps edit and layout the print anthology published at the conclusion of each semester.

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D.O.E. Diplomat

Help us communicate with your school’s administration, literacy teachers, PTA, and parent community.

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Fall Essay Writing Tutor

If you’re a writer, an editor, or teacher who would like to use your talents for good, this is your chance to help shape the future! We’ll be assisting students with their high school essays, giving them the best chance to go to the high school of their choice.

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Granter of Wishes

Help us secure funding by writing one grant proposal. We’ll familiarize you with our programs, goals and financial needs and assign you a grant. You’ll compile the information, compose, and together we’ll hit send on a proposal.

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Ideal Intern

Interns are knights in shinning armor: dedicated to the details, willing to conquer every task, and dependable throughout the semester. If you’re eager to learn the skills to own whatever life throws your way, come be a part of the inner workings of Uptown Stories.

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Photo Phenom

Our young writers are picture perfect, and we have a bizillion photos to prove it. We need someone to help us create an official, searchable library. If you’re organized, consistent, and can think – forgive the pun – big picture as well as in thumbnail detail, you’re the librarian we’re looking for.

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Press Liaison

Use your excellent communication skills to tell local media all about our pay-what-you-can program.

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Researcher of Fun Facts

Let’s get meta – help us find research about the positive impact of writing (especially creative writing), youth development, stats about our neighborhood, and other fun facts that support the Uptown Stories mission.

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Scholastic Scholar

If you understand the fine details of the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards (or are willing to learn them) our writers could use your help navigating the waters. (Due December 10, 2020)

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Social Media Savant

Use your magic to help us find interesting content to share with our uptown family on Facebook and Instagram. Info on publishing opportunities, writing and art, and book recommendations are top on our list, but we’re open to suggestions. If you think you can help us grow our following, let us know.

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Uptown Ink Assistant

Uptown Ink is our online magazine that showcases essays, poems and comics from our posse of young writers and artists. If you have the desire to support the posse with your editing skills or wordpress experience, we could definately use your assistance.

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Volunteer Sleuth

The backbone of Uptown Stories is our mighty Small Job Squad – volunteers who know how to get things done. We’re in need of a Sleuth who can find the greatest volunteers in all the land who are willing to help get a variety of job done, supporting the mission of Uptown Stories.

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Worker Bee

If you like crossing off things on your to-do list, and have a few hours to give during the week, we have a multitude of small but important tasks that need to be taken care of.

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Workshop Wizard

Workshop wizards provide extra support to instructors in our writing workshops. Duties can include taking attendance, helping students one-on-one or in small groups with their writing, and assisting with the preparation of the end of semester readings and anthology.

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Zapier Specialist

As a Zapier specialist, you’ll be able to help make our systems run as Zapier intended them to – with efficiency! We’re a tiny organization so every Zap created means more time with our young writers.

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