Join BookPALS: An Audience Needs You!


BookPALS (Performing Artists for Literacy in Schools), a signature literacy program of the SAG-AFTRA Foundation, is looking for union performers to become volunteer readers for children in Title I public elementary school classrooms.

YOU can inspire a lifelong love of reading in children! Click on the image below to watch a short video about the BookPALS program:

BookPALS volunteers must be:

  • SAG-AFTRA or Actors Equity Association union members
  • Available during the school day to read 1 hour/week for at least 1 semester
  • Able to attend a New Reader Workshop and occasional check-ins
  • Genuinely interested in youth development
  • Practiced in the art of storytelling
  • Consistent and reliable

Join Our Corps of Dedicated BookPALS today. Step one is to fill out our online application.

For more information and questions, contact Maria Cabezas, New York Literacy Program Manager, at or (212) 863-4227.

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