IOW’s volunteer teachers have a genuine love of the written word. They lead 39 weekly creative writing classes inside L.A. juvenile detention facilities. More than 50 screenwriters, educators, poets, playwrights, journalists, artists, teachers and youth advocates use pen, paper and patience to elevate the human condition – one student at a time.
Caring and supportive adults who reflect the racial, cultural and generational diversity of Los Angeles serve as mentors to formerly incarcerated alumni. When matched with an alum, mentors participate in one-on-one and group activities while building genuine, supportive relationships. Mentors are role models who influence positive attitudes and behavior while encouraging the personal goals and dreams of alumni.
IOW publishes In Depth, a quarterly literary journal of student and alumni writing. Each edition requires a team of editors to review the entire issue in preparation for publication. Editing occurs three times a year.
The Alumni Program leads monthly workshops to support the development of alumni’s life skills. Focus areas include career/professional development, education, adulthood navigation and health. Do you have a unique knowledge base and skill set that would help our alumni better themselves and advance their life opportunities? If so, consider volunteering an afternoon to facilitate a workshop.
IOW hosts a limited number of part-time internships, which provide an ideal opportunity to support the organization’s mission through administrative and programmatic duties.
Volunteer Teacher Requirements:
- 21 years of age or older
- Current automobile insurance
- Pass L.A. County Department of Probation’s background check
- Phone interview with Director of Programs
- Attend New Teacher Orientation
- Complete training
- 1.5 year commitment
- Attend 2 out of 3 quarterly Teacher Team Meetings
If you meet these requirements and are available to instruct weekly or sub twice a month, please submit your resume and bio along with a brief statement of interest to email@example.com for more information.
- 25 years of age or older
- Spend 4 hours of “match time” per month with mentee
- Initial one-year commitment
If you meet these requirements, please submit your resume and/or bio along with a brief statement of interest to firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
- 18 years of age or older
- Commit 10 hours per week
- Able to arrange transportation to and from IOW’s office
To inquire about interning, please send your resume, bio, brief statement of interest and weekly availability to email@example.com.
- Two-hour commitment at pre-arranged time for each issue
If you love writing and have a passion for helping our students and alumni find their voice, please email your resume and/or bio, along with why you’d like to help edit the next edition of In Depth to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Attend a life skills workshops or Alumni Writers’ Circle to meet alumni
- Prepare curriculum and relevant handouts for assigned workshop
If you are interested in providing a life skills workshop, please submit your resume, bio and information on your topic of interest to email@example.com.