Teen Literature Curriculum Development

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Do you want to strengthen your writing skills? Help develop literary curriculum!

The Words Alive Teen Services program supports approximately 250 at-risk youth within the San Diego county Juvenile Court and Community School system each month through our Adolescent Book Group (ABG) program. Many of our students have experienced incredible hardships including homelessness, familial violence, and teen pregnancy but with the help of ABG are now on a path to success.

ABG volunteer teams provide monthly, bi-monthly, or weekly in-class book discussion, writing, and project-based learning sessions as part of the school’s language arts program. To support the sessions, Words Alive provides a curriculum guide with discussion topics, group activities, and writing prompts which create opportunities for engagement that can inspire of love of reading.

We are looking for volunteers to be part of a curriculum team dedicated to elevating our curriculum guides through the process of researching new young adult literature, vetting books, and creating these comprehensive guides for the ABG volunteers and teachers.

Goals and outcomes:

The curriculum guides are designed to ignite good conversation, promote student participation, encourage critical thinking, and expose students to opportunities for self-expression and world exploration.

Ideal volunteers should:

  • Be at least 18 years old
  • Enjoy reading
  • Have the ability to critically evaluate literature
  • Have proficient written communication
  • Be able to work under minimal supervision
  • Be comfortable working within deadlines

Hours and location:

Volunteers can expect to put in 15-20 hours per month reading the book and writing curriculum. Volunteers can work remotely. We are flexible with scheduling and can accommodate vacations/school etc.

If you are interested in this program or know of someone that may be interested, please contact Jonathan Camitan at Jonathan@wordsalive.org at your earliest convenience.

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We'll work with your schedule.


Can work remotelySan Diego, CA 92109



  • Literacy / Reading
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Reading / Writing
  • Verbal / Written Communication
  • Critical Thinking
  • Youth Services




  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training
  • 15-20 hrs a month
  • Application, 1-hour Orientation, Background Check, TB, 45-minute Training

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