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Reading Hack Ambassadors

Are you:

•    14 – 17 years old?
•    Live or go to school in Tower Hamlets?
•    Have good people skills or want to improve them?
•    Bursting to tell the world why you love books?

Can you:
•    Give us your time to participate up to and in the Summer Reading Challenge?
•    Help out with special events?
•    Be an Idea Store Book Hacker?

Then read on….

We are looking for volunteers to commit to being a Reading Hack Ambassador for a minimum of 6 months and sign up to help us spread the word about Idea Stores.  It starts with the Summer Reading Challenge in July, rolling through to Write Idea in November and then taking up other events along the way.  We also would like to know what ideas you may have and can contribute to our service. You can help us publicise our exciting range of events and also help us run the activities, gaining new skills and experience along the way.

So what’s it all about?

Summer Reading Challenge

We need you to help us recruit other volunteers for the summer holidays. You will be involved with the promotion and training of the Summer Reading Challenge plus act as a mentor for our new volunteers.  You can also assist with our events and activities in the summer holidays.

Special Events

After the summer holidays we would like you to continue to be the voice of Idea Stores to help spread the good word of any special events and activities that we do.  You can also participate alongside staff. 

Writeidea Festival

What author would you like to see? Can you find out what others think at your school? Throughout the year could you find out? What about helping out and meeting the authors yourself?
Writeidea in November has already got a wide range of authors booked but if you have a special request who you would love to meet, why not tell us? Helping us out gets you the fast track to meeting the authors.

Short Story Competition for 16+

Every year we run a short story competition in conjunction with Writeidea.
The East London Writeidea Prize is a short story competition administered by the Writeidea Festival – East London’s FREE Reading Festival. The competition is aimed at writers who have never been published before. It is open to all ages from 16+. Stories must be a maximum of 3,000 words (no minimum).
Prizes are: 1st Prize £300; four finalists £50 each and will be awarded at the Writeidea Festival
As a Reading Hack Ambassador we would ask you to promote it. You also have the opportunity to enter it!

Teenage Book Groups

They exist in every Idea Store. Would you like to participate or even end up running it? Invite your friends; make some new ones to chat about reading! You can even decide what books need to go on the Idea Store shelves and help buy the stock.

Idea Store Book Hacker

Book hacking is a fun way of exploring books. Examples include, blogging about what you are reading, writing about what you did at our Writeidea Festival, meeting authors, spreading the word about Idea Store and books.  Use it to boost your CV, meet other book hackers, and get yourself online. Take up the challenge NOW.

The Nominate Challenge

Nominate 3 books and tell people why they should read them: we will publish your lists on our website.  Take a selfie reading the books to go with it.

If you would like to be a guest blogger for a month, get in touch.  We would like a blog about what you and your friends are reading what you have found great and what you want to throw in the bin!  Four weekly guest blogs gets you published on our website.  Photos also welcome. 

This volunteering opportunity will include good liaison with Idea Store Staff and being identified with a badge as a Reading Hack Ambassador of Idea Stores.  Participating students will develop their skills and confidence through a quality volunteering experience, actively working, establishing and contributing to ideas and using their skills to assist Idea Store Staff.  This would look great on your CV or contribute to any accreditation such as the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme.