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Reading, reflecting, discussing, agreeing, disagreeing. . . since 1996, the Juvenile Court Book Club has provided a forum for juveniles in the court school system who are the wards of the Juvenile Court to share books and develop reading skills.
To date, book clubs have been implemented at four sites: three at the Girls' Rehabilitation Facility (GRF), Unit 800 in Juvenile Hall; the Salvation Army's Door of Hope, a program for pregnant and parenting teen mothers; and Polinsky Children's Center, the San Diego County receiving home for abused and neglected children. Monthly, at each site, 20-25 club members gather with adult volunteers to discuss a wide range of literature. The books serve as a springboard for discussions on personal issues important to participants. In addition to our monthly book club volunteers, JCBC tutors assist students in need of remedial reading help.
Did you know...
70% of juveniles who are incarcerated for first time offenses never have further delinquency charges.
the average 16-year-old court school student reads at a fourth to sixth grade level.
the Juvenile Court Book Club program is comprised entirely of adult volunteers and incarcerated youth who are all dependent or delinquent wards of the Juvenile Court.
each month, approximately $250 per site is required to provide the student members with the book to be discussed.
one-half of the books at each library site have been donated directly to the program.
the annual cost of operating a book club site is approximately $3500 per site.
opportunities to meet and interact with authors are provided at least twice yearly.
field trips, speakers, and movies are often planned to coincide with the monthly book selections.
Juvenile Court Book Club, Inc. is a non-profit, public benefit 501(c)(3) corporation and a member of the San Diego Council on Literacy.
- Allison Bechill
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