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!



With just a few keystrokes, Stephanie makes WordPress kneel before her and bend to all our coding wishes.

Stephanie O’Hanley

Stephanie is honored to be of service to Uptown Stories and for this opportunity to blend a longtime love of WordPress with new web development skills. She lives near Montreal. You’ll find her at stephanieohanley.com

Editorial Intern

As a Editorial Intern for Uptown Ink, Lucely ensures that every “t” is crossed and “i” is dotted before our writers’ work appears online.

Lucely Garcia

Lucely Garcia is a recent graduate from Pace University where she majored in Book Publishing. She is an editorial intern for Uptown Stories, as well as a stellar Workshop Wizard. When not stuck in a Netflix binge, Lucely reads a lot, and writes stories on her fancy typewriter.

Design Diva

With every design, Gianna makes Uptown Stories even cooler and more colorful. Added bonus: they’re the funny one.

Gianna Fralonardo

Gianna is a NYC based illustrator and writer. They work on graphic design and illustration for Uptown Stories and Uptown Ink, as well as assist with the “It’s Your Thing” class. They are currently working on a webcomic slated to premiere fall 2022. In their free time, they can be found playing too many video games, having many emotions about elves and/or vampires, as well as being their friend’s personal sleep paralysis demon.

Marketing Magician

No illusions here! With Alison, it’s all real. From search engine optimization to copywriting, she dazzles us with her sleight-of-hand.

Alison Chan

Alison is an SEO Analyst originally from New York. After graduating from Stony Brook University with her Bachelors in Applied Mathematics & Statistics, she obtained an MBA in marketing. While completing her undergraduate degree, she was a summer marketing intern at Uptown Stories.

Workshop Wizard

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

Shannon Cabbel

Shannon Cabbell (she/her) is a New York based actor and performing artist.

Workshop Wizard

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

Sam Losee

Sam (they/she) is a poet, flower farmer, and Adventure Time enjoyer from Gallatin, NY. After graduating from Columbia University this May with a degree in Creative Writing and English, they plan to finish knitting their first pair of gloves.

Workshop Wizard

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

Franzi Nace

Franzi is fiction writer from Pittsburgh, PA. Currently, she is a senior at Columbia University studying English and concentrating in Russian Literature. Franzi loves magical tales, going for extremely long walks, and breakfast sandwiches.

Join us

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 lay out 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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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 shining 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

Communicate with local media and develop relationships, spreading the word about our pay-what-you-can program. Skills: excellent telephone and email etiquette, experience writing effective press releases.


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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.


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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 definitely 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 jobs 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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