The Brooklyn Superhero Supply Co. store is the front for this Park Slope writing center. It’s modeled after San Francisco’s 826 Valencia, which was founded by author Dave Eggers in 2002. Behind a secret door, after-school tutors volunteer once a week to provide homework help and lead workshops on kid-friendly topics like writing scary stories. Volunteers are also needed to staff the shop: While spreading the word about 826NYC’s mission, you’ll also be helping customers with interactive displays like the astounding cape-tester (in which comic-book garb is put to the test by forceful gusts from industrial-size fans). 372 Fifth Ave between 5th and 6th Sts, Park Slope, Brooklyn (718-499-9884, 826nyc.org)
Did you know that more than 23,000 NYC youth are homeless at the moment? And that’s not to mention the thousands of others who are in need of tutoring, employment guidance, art inspiration, safe places to go after school and other essential services. Do your part to help out our city’s youngsters by choosing to volunteer with children at these ace nonprofits helping them with everything from fitness classes to writing their own hip-hop music.
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