Foster a love of reading amongst at-risk teens!

Cause Areas


Mon Oct 03, 2016 - Fri Jul 28, 2017


5111 Santa Fe Street, Suite 219San Diego, CA 92109


What: The Words Alive Adolescent Book Group (ABG) program is recruiting for the fall academic year! Volunteers will team-facilitate book group discussions with classrooms belonging to the Juvenile Court and Community School system (JCCS). JCCS serves at-risk teens who have overcome a number of challenges such as homelessness, delinquency issues, foster care system and teen pregnancy/parenting. Volunteers will work with these classrooms on a monthly basis, from October through June/July (dependent on school site).

Goal: Increase vocabulary, reading level, literary analysis, critical thinking and class participation. Provide students with educational and emotional support.

Skill Sets: We are looking for volunteers who are voracious readers, enjoy working with adolescents and are interested in engaging students in the classroom setting. Must be sensitive to the student's backgrounds and insights. Must also be flexible to the JCCS system as curriculum and dates often are in flex.

Time Commitment: As an ABG Volunteer Reader, you will be tasked to attend a one-time 1-hour training*; 1-hour kick-off meeting with the teacher and fellow volunteers; read the books each month (October-June/July); and attend a 1.5 hour session each month.

*training is held at the Words Alive office; sessions and all other meetings are held onsite in the classroom.

Interested? If you are interested in this program or know of someone that may be interested, please contact Christina Meeker at at your earliest convenience.


  • Reading Comprehension
  • Reading / Writing
  • Child Development
  • Critical Thinking
  • Youth Services
  • Literacy / Reading

Good Match For

People 55+ Group

Requirements & Commitment

  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training
  • 2 hours/month
  • Negative TB Test; Volunteer Application

Report this opportunity

Report this opportunity

Engage your employees, consumers, or students! VolunteerMatch provides the tools that make community involvement easy.