How Words Alive Creates Life-long Readers

We believe that if you value reading and understand its fundamental connection to all aspects of your life, you will thrive as a life-long learner, ready to transform your community.  Since 1999, we have focused on bridging the literacy gap, a gap in interest, access, and achievement, amongst children from low-income households and at-risk youth.  Beyond just putting books in their hands, we help our students and families understand that reading is a tool that opens doors in their futures. Through our Read Aloud, Teen Services, and Family Literacy Programs, we serve over 5,500 children, youth and families throughout San Diego County each month. 

Read Aloud Program

Reading aloud to young children is the most important thing we can do to help them become motivated, strong readers. Our Read Aloud volunteers do just that, sharing the joy of a good story while helping children develop the cognitive, language and social-emotional skills needed to be capable readers. Understanding the importance of book ownership in developing a love of reading, we also gift each child a new, quality book to keep twice a year! 

Teen Services

Words Alive provides essential literacy services and literary arts programming to San Diego County’s underserved teens with our Adolescent Book Group (ABG) program, operating in Juvenile Court and Community Schools. Additionally, these students can apply for the Words Alive Westreich Scholarship, which provides $40,000 to students annually, along with wrap-around support for the transition from high school to their next educational milestone.

Family Literacy

Words Alive supports parents by providing Family Literacy workshops where parents can learn about early literacy development and practice ways to make reading together a fun, family activity.