Book Group with SD Detention Facility Teens


Cause Areas


Mon Oct 02, 2017 10:00 AM - Fri Jun 29, 2018 11:00 AM


East Mesa Detention Facility446 Alta Rd #5200San Diego, CA 92158


Join our Adolescent Book Group Program for a special shared reading experience with students at the East Mesa Detention Facility! A unique and fun opportunity to share with a select at-risk population.

The Words Alive Adolescent Book Group program serves at-risk adolescents, most of whom have been referred to specialized community schools by the Juvenile Court system and have experienced extraordinary circumstances such as violence, pregnancy and homelessness. In this case, students are detainees serving time in Juvenile Hall based on delinquent behavior.

Every two weeks between October and July, a team of trained volunteers will conduct book group discussions among classes of teens at the East Mesa Juvenile Detention Facility. Through reading and sharing opinions about books, book group participants enhance self-esteem, reading levels, vocabulary, critical thinking and literary analysis. Sessions to be held every other Thursday from 10am-11am. Volunteers will facilitate the discussion in teams of two to three among a classroom of 15 students.

Please note: teachers and a class assistant will always remain present, and all training is provided by Words Alive and the facility. Training offered onsite at the facility and includes a tour.

If you or someone you know is interested, let us know!


  • Literacy / Reading
  • Reading / Writing
  • Relationship Building

Good Match For

People 55+ Group

Requirements & Commitment

  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training
  • 8-10 hours/month (trainings, book review, session)
  • Volunteer Application, TB test results, background check, PREA (facility training) intro & training

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