The Words Alive Adolescent Book Group program serves at-risk adolescents, most of whom have been referred to specialized community schools by the Juvenile Court system and have experienced extraordinary circumstances such as violence, pregnancy and homelessness. Each month between October and May, a facilitator and up to seven trained volunteers conduct facilitated book group discussions. Through reading and sharing opinions about books, book group participants enhance self-esteem and develop the ability to put their own life experience into larger context.
The Adolescent Book Group program is currently offered at 1st Ave Literacy, Arcadia Community School, Choice Summit School, Chula Vista Main Street, Lindsay Community Day, Monarch School, North County Technology & Science Academy, South Bay Technology Academy and University Community.
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Below is a graph which illustrates recent results from the San Diego County Office on Education's MAP Testing of current ABG students. The blue area indicates READING and the red area indicates LANGUAGE USAGE. This highlights that the IMPACT the ABG program has is not necessarily in its ability to teach reading, but to provide a catalyst for educators to address and strenghthen language use abilities: Vocabulary; Writing; Literary Response; and Critical Thinking.