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Young Adult Curriculum Development

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Words Alive

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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 16 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

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About Words Alive


5111 Santa Fe St. Suite 219, SAN DIEGO, CA 92109, US

Mission Statement

The mission of Words Alive is to open opportunities for life success by inspiring a commitment to reading.


What Do Our Volunteers Say About Words Alive?
"Of all the places I have volunteered over the years, I have never felt as valued as with Words! [Words Alive] is so inventive in coming up with opportunities for all ages to intersect with reading and the impact it can have on their lives. I'm always delighted with the many programs that have been created and am so happy to be part of Words Alive!" - Words Alive Read Aloud/Adolescent Book Group/Outreach Volunteer

Children & Youth
Education & Literacy


We'll work with your schedule.


This is a Virtual Opportunity, with no fixed address.


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




  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training
  • 5-20 hrs a month
  • Application, 1-hour Orientation, 1 hour training

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