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Mission Statement

Words Alive is a non-profit organization that inspires a commitment to reading and develops shared reading experiences for at-risk children, youth and families.


Our vision is to create a community where the passion and sharing of reading provides a common language for all. Our founder and a core of volunteers contacted juvenile detention centers and other organizations serving disadvantaged youth, with the idea of creating a facilitated hands-on program for reading.

Today Words Alive provides literacy programs throughout San Diego County. Through our Read-Aloud, Teen Intervention and Family Literacy programs we reach over 8,000 children, youth and families each month. Below are descriptions of these programs.

Read-Aloud -

Early Literacy Intervention (ELI): Preschoolers in our ELI program come from economically disadvantaged families and are rarely read to at home. Trained volunteers help prepare children to meet California State Kindergarten prepardness standards by conducting weekly read-aloud sessions at state-funded childcare centers. The sessions are designed to help children develop cognitive and verbal skills and a love of reading and books.

Rolling Readers (RR) - RR is a read-aloud program focused on kindergarten through third grade education in low income communities across San Diego County. This program motivates children to develop a passion for reading and literature. Dedicated and enthusiastic volunteers devote their time reading weekly to children in the classroom. These sessions go far beyond just reading a story, creating life-long readers and life-long learners.

Teen Intervention - Adolescent Book Groups (ABG): Each month Words Alive provides classrooms with books to read and discuss during scheduled book group sessions. The books are selected in collaboration with our partner sites. Trained volunteers facilitate the sessions that are designed to engage the teens in discussion, and help them relate to real-life situations. Volunteers work with the students to help build self-esteem, confidence, and critical thinking skills through reading.

Family Literacy - Family Literacy Program (FLP) -FLP inspires parents to make exploring books a robust family habit! Each group of parents attends seven workshops, receiving approximately 10 hours of parent education on topics of early literacy development in preschool age children. Each workshop includes an information session and skill building exercises for parents, group story time with children, and guided activities for parents and children.




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by Rose T. from San Diego, CA (2014-04-30 19:26:23.0)
I have volunteered with the Adolescent Book Group program with Words Alive for almost a year, and one of the things that I love most about this organization is that they are true to their mission! Their staff, facilitators, and volunteers all communicate a love for reading that they want to share. There's no pressure to be a master wordsmith, have teaching experience or have the answer to every question - this is a group of people who really loves books and knows that the more students do too, the more they will read. They provide great training and structure for the sessions, and are flexible with schedules - I've never had anything but a stellar experience with them. I hope I can stay connected for years to come!