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Become A Mentor

We are now recruiting for mentors in our Creative Lab Program! Creative Lab offers teens an introduction to the creative industry and cultural institutions across New York City. Once a month, teens visit artist studios or attend workshops on professional development skills. Volunteer mentors meet twice a month with their teen (9th – 12th grade) to support them with career readiness and visual literacy skills.

Time Commitment (October 2019 – June 2020)

  • Pairs will meet twice a month (group visit and one-on-one meeting)
  • 1-2 points of communication per month to support career readiness skill-building (via email, phone, skype) 
  • Help teens explore their career interests, build their visual literacy, and increase their networks

Mentor Applicant Requirements

  • Experience and enthusiasm for working with teens (9th-12th graders)
  • Interest in supporting career readiness skills
  • Ability to support in visual literacy skills
  • Fine Arts background preferred
  • 1-2 years youth development experience preferred


Interested? Please complete the following form for more information.

Volunteer Form

Volunteer at a Free Arts Day

Free Arts Days are special volunteer opportunities that pair elementary-aged youth 1 on 1 with volunteers for an afternoon of “mini-mentoring” and art-making. While working together to create art projects based on the day’s creative theme, participants create meaningful connections with someone they might not otherwise meet.

3 hour event, includes pizza lunch. Must be 18 years or older to volunteer.

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Volunteer at an Art Party

Volunteers will hand paint bags for the children in our program to take home their artwork! Tap into your creative side while creating a special gift for a child. No artistic experience necessary!

2 hour event, every 3rd Thursday of the month. Must be 16 years or older to volunteer. 

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