Youth Literary Advisory Board Member

· Boston, Massachusetts
Employment Type Part-Time, Temporary
Compensation $13.50 per hour


About the Opportunity

826 Boston is excited to launch the second year of our Youth Literary Advisory Board (YLAB). There are 10 positions available for YLAB members. Youth Literary Advisory Board members must be 

  • Between the ages of 14-21; and  
  • Be eligible to work in the United States.

Youth Literary Advisory Board Members are required to work 10-12 hours each month from December 2020 through June 2021. These hours must include attending weekly YLAB meetings. Additional hours will be fulfilled through a variety of activities, including independent projects, 826 Boston-sponsored speaking engagements, tutoring students during After-School or Evening Tutoring, leading and supporting creative writing workshops during February and April breaks, and more. 


About 826 Boston 

826 Boston is a nonprofit youth writing and publishing organization located in Roxbury, Massachusetts, that empowers traditionally underserved students ages 6-18 to find their voices, tell their stories, and gain communication skills to succeed in school and in life. Our high-impact programs are based on the understanding that great leaps in learning can occur with one-on-one attention, and that writing skills are fundamental to future success.

826 Boston is part of a national network of youth writing centers, founded by the award-winning author Dave Eggers and educator Nínive Clements Calegari, which was voted one of the top 30 companies to work for by GOOD Magazine. Since opening in 2007, 826 Boston has delivered its free youth writing and tutoring programs to more than 25,000 students and has been recognized by The Boston Globe as one of the best places in the city to volunteer. 826 Boston’s youth writers have published their work in The New York Times, The Boston Globe, and in numerous award-winning 826 Boston books, including A Place for Me in the World, which was hailed as a “triumph of middle school education” by The Boston Globe. In 2014, the 826 network garnered the American Literacy Prize from the Library of Congress for its pioneering work to eradicate illiteracy in the United States.

*A note about operations during the COVID-19 pandemic: 826 Boston is currently operating remotely and will continue serving students digitally until at least the end of the year. While  YLAB members typically spend time working at the EMK Academy for Health Careers Writers' Room located on Northeastern University’s campus, for the safety of our team, our students, and our communities, all work will be virtual until at least January 1, 2021.


  • Is between ages 14-21 years old
  • Shows an enthusiastic belief in the mission of 826 Boston as evidenced by a passion for writing and youth leadership
  • Is available to work 10-12 hours monthly
  • For applicants aged 14 -17, must be able to obtain a state work permit and must be eligible to work in the United States.
  • Proficiency in Spanish, Cape Verdean, or Haitian Creole is preferred, but not required


What you’ll do:

  • Attend weekly Youth Literary Advisory Board meetings virtually 
  • Interview guests on the Youth Literary Advisory Board’s podcast Excuse my Culture 
  • Work collaboratively to develop and execute a marketing plan to promote the release of YLAB’s inaugural publication, an anthology of pieces from students across the city of Boston, within your school and community
  • Serve on a focus group to advise 826 Boston on strategic organizational decisions
  • Attend mandatory trainings to help strengthen your writing, tutoring, and leadership skills
  • Tutor students in the 826 Boston After-School Writing and Tutoring Program and Evening Tutoring Program when requested
  • Attend Youth Literary Advisory Board events including book release parties, open mics, and writing workshops
  • Represent 826 Boston publicly at events such as conferences, book signings, and other 826 Boston-sponsored events


Application Instructions: If you have any questions, please email with the subject line “826 Boston Youth Literary Advisory Board Member.” 

Salary and Benefits: $13.50 per hour

This is a non-exempt, part-time, temporary position. 826 Boston is an equal opportunity employer committed to being a multicultural organization. Candidates from diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply. Deadline to apply is Monday, November 2, 2020.

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  • Location
    Boston, Massachusetts
  • Employment Type
    Part-Time, Temporary
  • Compensation
    $13.50 per hour