San Diego, California
Since 1996, JCBC volunteers have collaborated with Court School employees and the San Diego County Probation Department to provide students who are wards of Juvenile Court to share books, develop reading skills, and meet new people. Our programs include monthly Book Club discussions, one-on-one tutoring, independent reading libraries, and college scholarship awards.
Students gather monthly with community volunteers to discuss a wide range of literature in a roundtable book club setting. The books they read serve as a springboard for discussions of real-life challenges, experiences, inspiration, and issues that are relevant to students in detention.
JCBC was founded by Judge Maria Arroyo (Ret.), Juvenile Court Referee, with support and encouragement from Judge James Milliken (Ret.), former Presiding Judge of the San Diego Juvenile Court. Many of our volunteers are attorneys and retired teachers, and have volunteered with us for more than ten years.
We gratefully acknowledge financial support from numerous partners in the local community. Our supporters include:
JCBC is the proud winner of the award for "Outstanding Program for Youth" from the San Diego Juvenile Justice Commission, as well as the 2011 "Celebrate Literacy Award" from the Greater San Diego Reading Association.
If you would like to attend a Book Club, we can arrange for a Visitor's Pass.
The San Diego County Probation Department requires all volunteers working inside detention facilities to undergo a Volunteers In Probation background clearance. Background checks are conducted externally by the Probation Department. All information you submit will be kept confidential.
For more information about Visitor's Passes and background checks, contact our Volunteer Coordinator.
Want to know more about how the juvenile justice system works? Click here for more information.
Curious about how others approach literacy among detained youth? Click here to read the blog of Alameda County’s juvenile justice librarian.
JCBC is a proud member of the San Diego Council on Literacy
Scholarships are available to attendees of book club meetings who complete high school. Applications are available through the teachers who are involved with the JCBC.