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Words Have Power

And every young person has a unique story to tell

Inspire Young Writers

Join our dedicated team of volunteers

Empower students

Amplify their voices and stories

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Volunteer Opportunities


Virtual Volunteer Opportunities

We’re always looking for volunteers to join the team for our free writing programs. We work with students in groups and one-on-one to develop their creative and expository writing skills. Austin Bat Cave works with volunteers with a range of classroom experience. Our students benefit from our volunteers’ passionate mentorship and individual feedback.

COVID-19 Update: Due to ongoing concerns surrounding the Coronavirus, all ABC programs are currently taking place online! Our volunteer community—no longer bound to place—is expanding to include writers and educators from around the country, and they are already brainstorming new ways to support and inspire student writers. Creative writing, and it’s ability to help us process,  transfigure, and transcend the world around us, is more essential now than ever. We can’t wait to keep writing and sharing the stories that help us connect and thrive, even when we’re far apart. To get involved in virtual volunteering, check out the opportunities below and let us know if you have any questions. Then, sign up to volunteer!

ABC Online Writing Lab (OWL) Projects

College Essay Writing — Mentor a Student!
Dates & times flexible; Zoom or Google Docs
Support high school juniors as they write first drafts of their college admissions essays! Get to know your student and brainstorm essay ideas via Zoom and read essay drafts / leave comments via Google Docs.

Daily Writing Prompts & Lesson Plans
Dates & times flexible; Google Docs
Work with ABC staff to develop daily writing prompts and creative writing lesson plans to be shared on ABC’s online writing lab and with our community partners at Title 1 schools in Austin ISD, Del Valle ISD, and Manor ISD.

DIY Video Lessons
Dates & times flexible; YouTube or Vimeo
Record a video creative writing or crafting lesson for kids (e.g. how to write a haiku, how to write dialogue, how to make a bookmark, etc.). These videos will be shared on the OWL and with our partners at Title 1 schools!

Fall 2020 Weekly Writing Clubs

Our weekly creative writing clubs serve elementary students, 3rd-5th grade, in after school programs in Austin ISD and Del Valle ISD. Weekly Creative Writing clubs engage students after school in a variety of creative writing activities to help students grow their voices and tell their stores.

Sign up to volunteer for these workshops!

Summer 2020 Volunteer Calendar

Volunteers are now able to easily browse through our full slate of programs for the semester. Program schedules and information are now accessible through our public Google Calendar.

As programs are added to our roster, they’ll be updated and added to the calendar. If you have any questions, be sure to contact Heather for more information!

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