Team-lead a Teen Book Group at SD Detention Facility


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


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


Do you want to make a difference in a teens life?! Then I invite you to join our Adolescent Book Group Program for a special shared reading experience with students at the East Mesa Detention Facility! This is a unique and fun opportunity to share the joys of reading with a select at-risk population.

The Words Alive Teen Services programs serves approximately 250 at-risk youth each month within the San Diego County Juvenile Community and Court School (JCCS) system through our Adolescent Book Group (ABG) program. The ABG volunteers provide monthly, bi-monthly, or weekly book discussions and writing exercises. To assist in these discussion Words Alive provides a curriculum guide with themed example discussion topics, group activities, and writing material.

We are looking for enthusiastic volunteers interested in engaging students in a classroom setting to team-facilitate discussion/writing sessions at the East Mesa Detention Facility. Volunteers will alternate as leads with other team members.

Volunteers work to encourage participation, promote critical thinking and literary analysis, provide opportunities for world exploration, and help students develop healthy self-expression.

Volunteers should enjoy reading, be comfortable working with adolescents, and be willing to engage in a wide variety of discussion topics. Volunteers must be at least 18 years old and should be sensitive to the diverse backgrounds of our 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, please contact Erin Rexin at


  • 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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