Family Literacy Workshops: Translators & Support Volunteers Needed!


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Wed Jan 31, 2018 - Fri Jun 01, 2018


Various sites around San Diego CountySan Diego, CA 92109


At Words Alive, we know that young readers grow on the laps of their parents. Yet, research tells us that parents from underserved communities are far less likely to have access to parent education programs that support a working knowledge of literacy development and the skills that promote positive reading habits at home. For that reason, we bring Family Literacy Programs to the community, inspiring parents to make exploring books a robust family habit!

Each group of parents attends seven workshops, receiving approximately ten hours of parent education, on topics of early literacy development in preschool age children. Each workshop includes a tailored information session and skill building exercises for parents, group story time, and guided activities for parents and children.

We are currently looking for volunteers interested in supporting the facilitation and translation of the Family Literacy Program sessions in spring 2018. Working with a group of families will be a 10 week commitment, volunteering for approximately 3 hours each week.

Program sessions will take place from February through May at our preschool and elementary school Read Aloud Program partner sites. Sessions take place during the school day, typically early morning or late afternoon.

We are looking to recruit volunteers for two roles:

Translation Volunteers:

  • Assist in facilitating the 1.5 hour program session with families for seven consecutive weeks, providing bilingual translation support in Spanish/English following a provided curriculum (Words Alive provides training)
  • Perform on-site pre & post program literacy screenings with participating children
  • Ensure that parents complete post program evaluations

Support Volunteers :

  • Lead set up and clean-up for each session
  • Ensure that parents sign-in upon arrival and get materials for that week’s session
  • Take photos during each session
  • Help occupy younger siblings of participating children during program sessions
  • Help prepare/pick up materials and books needed for week’s session at the Words Alive office
  • Help perform pre & post program literacy screenings with participating children
  • Help with post program data input

Ideal volunteers would:

  • Have experience/enjoy leading group trainings and activities
  • Have experience/enjoy working with parents from underserved communities
  • Have experience/enjoy working with preschool age children and/or knowledge of early child development
  • Be enthusiastic, flexible, and creative
  • Be a good listener and responsive to parent questions
  • Able to sit on the floor
  • Have reliable transportation
  • Speak Spanish (sessions will be offered separately in English and Spanish)

Next Steps

  • Complete all required documentation for volunteer service with Words Alive
    • Volunteer Application
    • TB Test
    • Background check
  • Attend program training; next scheduled date TBD
  • Observe a program session in action!


  • Public Speaking
  • Adult Education
  • Child Development
  • Literacy / Reading
  • Teaching / Instruction
  • English as a Secondary Language (ESL)

Good Match For

People 55+ Group

Requirements & Commitment

  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training
  • 10 week commitment
  • TB Test

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