Become a Mentor

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  • 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 creative writing, poetry, and/or hip-hop, and have at least two years of in-classroom experience, we invite you to apply to become an Urban Word Mentor!

Please see below the list of what we need for you to apply and what you can expect as one of our mentors:



  • High Caliber Roster:
    Urban Word NYC has been teaching across the city for 20 years! We want you to know that you are applying to join a force of Internationally acclaimed poets and educators experienced in teaching in our classrooms while attending national poetry competitions and touring the world! We are looking 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 a teaching artist, Urban Word will request that you provide your availability and update it whenever it changes so we know when to book you!

  • Biweekly Payments:
    We take paying our artists seriously.  

  • 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 number opportunities to learn new skills and techniques for the classroom.

NOTE: The Urban Word NYC Mentor position is a contract position.
It is not a full-time or part-time position.




  • Send an updated, teaching-specific resume.
  • Send 3 sample creative writing lesson plans/workshops geared towards middle school or high school students (ages 13-19).
  • Include a video of yourself performing (optional)
    **As per DOE Requirements, must be able to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination status. **


Be prepared to talk about your style of teaching & pedagogy.

In some cases, you may be asked to lead a mock workshop to showcase your skills and style.

If you have any questions or to apply, please email our Program Director, Eboni Hogan, at


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