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Words Alive Adolescent Book Group Facilitator

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Do you enjoy reading and discussing engaging literature? Looking for a way to support youth in San Diego? Become a Adolescent Book Group Facilitator and bring the love of reading into the classroom! Our facilitators become reading role models who host thoughtful discussions, guide creative writing exercises, and lead exciting activities to bring the text to life for the students in Words Alive’s programs.

Students in the Adolescent Book Group enhance their critical thinking and analytical skills, build self-esteem, and find their voice through engaging with contemporary, diverse, and relevant texts that reflect their lived experiences in the classroom.

The best part? You do not need to have any previous classroom experience to support this amazing program! All you need is a love of reading and a desire to spark that love in others. We’re facing a literacy crisis in San Diego, with 60% of teens failing to meet English Language Arts standards, but there is a way that you can help. By serving as a reading role model, you will show our students that their community is invested in their success as readers, learners, and explorers-all by helping them connect to the incredible power of reading.

Volunteer Position Title: ABG Facilitator/Volunteer

General Role:

The ABG program facilitator leads the monthly book group discussions, activities, or writing prompts with teens using the curriculum guides curated by Words Alive to ensure that program goals are met.


  • Submit Volunteer Application
  • Attend Volunteer Orientation and program training
  • Computer literate and able to correspond with members electronically
  • Strong communication skills
  • Ability to work well and collaborate with others
  • Accountable, dependable and organized
  • Proof of negative tuberculosis test (TB) results
  • Submits background check
  • Completes online training regarding the identification, prevention, and reporting of child abuse and neglect.
  • COVID requirements: Completes COVID waiver and complies with partner school requirements regarding masking and vaccination.

Position Responsibilities:

  • Read designated books and curriculum guides prior to attending the monthly discussion group.
  • Support an environment where all program participants feel engaged and safe by using inclusive language and practices.
  • Attend all book group sessions and facilitate discussions, activities, and creative writing prompts
  • Encourage open communication among volunteers and program participants.
  • Attend all Words Alive sponsored in-service trainings and workshops
  • Communicate regularly with site manager.

Commitment: Fall 2022 programming begins the first week of October and occurs biweekly until the end of December.

Reports to: Teen Services Program Manager and Site Manager

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About Words Alive


770 Park Blvd., 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
Children & Youth, Community, Education & Literacy


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Multiple locations San Diego, CA 92109



  • Youth Services
  • Critical Thinking
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Relationship Building
  • Verbal / Written Communication


  • People 55+


  • Background Check
  • Orientation or Training
  • 2-5 hours per month
  • Adhere to COVID protocols and other health safety measures.

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