Become a Mentor

We appreciate your interest in joining the Urban Word Mentor community. At this time, we are not hiring additional teaching artists.

Interested in being a Mentor/Teaching Artist with Urban Word NYC, one of the leading youth arts & literacy organizations in the country?

If you have a passion for working with young people, the ability to create dynamic and culturally responsive lesson plans focused on poetry and creative writing, and have at least two years of in-classroom experience, we invite you to apply to become an Urban Word Mentor!

Urban Word NYC has been teaching in schools, youth programs and community-based organizations across the city for 25 years! We want you to know that you are applying to join a force of internationally acclaimed poets and educators. We look forward to adding you to that roster.




Flexible Scheduling: As we know our mentors are touring artists, working with other organizations, or in school, we work with your schedule! Once you become a Mentor, Urban Word will request that you provide your availability and update it whenever it changes so we know when to book you!

Professional Development Support: Our goal is to have every Mentor continuously perfect their craft during their time with us. Through our connections with various arts & educational organizations as well as on-going support, you will have access to a number of opportunities to sharpen your teaching and curriculum development skills.

Biweekly Payments: We take paying our artists seriously.  

**Urban Word NYC Mentors are hired as independent contractors. It is not a full-time or part-time position.





Email the following documents to with the subject line: HIRING INQUIRY: YOUR NAME

  • An updated, teaching-specific resume. In addition to that, we welcome artistic CVs.
  • 2 sample poetry-focused lesson plans designed for middle school or high school students (ages 13-19).

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This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.