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!


Allocator of Anthologies

Claudia is everywhere at once in the neighborhood, making sure our books are available for sale at local businesses.

Claudia Boynton

Claudia has lived her entire adult life, and raised her daughter, in NYC. A graduate of Union Theological Seminary with a Master of Divinity, she is a Chaplain. She’s devoted to her dog and reading. (she/her)

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. (they/them)

Ideal Intern

The multi-talented Bella is the key to our summer efforts for programming, publishing, and marketing.

Bella Wells-Fried

Bella is a writer, musician, and empathetic human. She cares deeply about regenerative environmentalism and anti-racism and spends a lot of her time figuring out ways that she can directly participate in solutions. When she’s in need of a break from the heavy truths of the world, you may find her climbing rocks, running around barefoot in fields and streams, or playing cards with her loved ones. (she/her)

Marketing Magician

No illusions here! With Alison, it’s all real. From SEO 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. (she/her)

Worker Bee

Things are getting crossed off our to-do list faster than we could have imagined now that Amena is on the scene.

Amena Steenhuis

Amena is an avid reader of history, fiction, and fantasy, (and currently making the foray into nonfiction and theory). She loves to write and pencil-sketch when she can- and am not spending all her time on Goodreads. (she/her)

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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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