There a three, key ways you can get involved with our Adolescent Book Group program:
Site Readers: Site readers participate as a member of an Adolescent Book Group that brings together community volunteers with at-risk teens. As a volunteer site reader, you will read the designated book at home on your own time then attend the monthly discussion group ready to help facilitate a lively discussion among the program participants and other volunteers. You will be trained to encourage open communication, model appropriate book group behavior and support an environment where participants feel engaged, safe and enthusiastic about discussing the book. Group members are invited, but not required, to facilitate discussion sessions. Those that choose to do so are offered additional training. Time Commitment: Aside from time spent reading the book selections, you will attend one book group session each month during the academic year for a total of eight sessions. Each session is two hours in length. After each session you will fill out an evaluation form, which takes about 10 minutes. Forms are available for download from this website and completed forms can be returned via e-mail. All volunteers are also required to attend a two hour training and orientation in September, before the start of the school year. You may be asked to attend training sessions to foster your development as volunteer, however such trainings are not mandatory. A TB test is required to volunteer with this program.
Curriculum Team Member: As curriculum team member you will work with a group to develop discussion guides for use in the Adolescent Book Group discussions. Team members read the assigned book independently, develop questions and submit them to the group leader who consolidates the questions prior to each meeting. During the meeting, all questions are reviewed, revised and edited. At the end of each meeting a curriculum guide is created for each book and provided to the site discussion facilitator. The curriculum team is divided into two different groups of three or more volunteers. Time Commitment: Each curriculum team meets for two hours, once every other month during the academic year. No training is required although potential members are welcome to attend a curriculum session prior to joining a team.
Curriculum Guide Writer: Curriculum Guide writers research and prepare author biographies to complement the discussion guides. Each completed guide includes a 3-4 paragraph author biography and discussion questions. These guides are given to discussion facilitators as a tool to help guide the discussion session.
Time Commitment: Biographies can be researched and written in the comfort of the volunteers’ own home. Depending on your computer skills, researching bios should take about 30-60 minutes. Ten author biographies are required for discussion each year.
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