We bring See Hear Feel Film and Minds in Motion to more than 5,000 third and fourth graders across the county every year. Most people don’t realize that these innovative programs depend on our wonderful volunteers to make them happen. Join our diverse group of parents, retired teachers, students, and professionals who make a real difference in the lives of local children every single day.

We provide all the training you need. In return, we ask you to be available during the program dates provided each semester.

“I volunteer because my grandsons were so excited when they did this program, and it has been wonderfully empowering for me. I got a great big hug from a third grader today. What a good thing!” —Estelle Rosen-Kersh


By watching and talking about short films from around the world, third graders learn about the techniques filmmakers use to tell stories. Volunteers help guide the students through a series of playful activities that give them a chance to improve their own storytelling skills, become keener observers of the world around them, and have fun.


What happens when fourth graders are given the opportunity to collaboratively write, storyboard, direct, and produce an original stop-motion animated film? Volunteers work closely with students and marvel at the many ways students blossom and learn as they create their films.

“I am so grateful to work with the students. I never think of it as an obligation or a chore. Every week, I learn so much from taking the time to listen to the wisdom fourth graders have to offer. Being in the classroom enhances my own filmmaking, story, and teamwork skills. Who would have thought that volunteer ‘work’ could be so rewarding?” —volunteer Sabina (Minds in Motion)

Explore our Schools & Teachers website to learn about our programs, see pictures, watch videos, and check out the fantastic work the students create.

Apply to be a volunteer. Please send your application to eduvolunteer@burnsfilmcenter.org or Jacob Burns Film Center, ATTN: Human Resources, 405 Manville Rd. Pleasantville, NY 10570. No phone calls please. You will receive confirmation via email within two weeks.

Important: Mac users: Please download Adobe Reader (free) and use it to open the application. Otherwise, your form will be unreadable by the Media Arts Lab staff.

Make sure to stay up-to-date with all our volunteer news at notes at our Education Volunteer Tumblr Page.


We can always use assistance with our monthly membership mailings. We’d love your help whenever you can give it. We are flexible and appreciate all you do. Interested? Please let us know at membership@burnsfilmcenter.org or 914.773.7663, ext. 410.

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