Nearly 85% of the juveniles who face trial in the juvenile court system are functionally illiterate, proving that there is a close relationship between illiteracy and crime. More than 60% of all inmates are functionally illiterate.
Reading is a pathway to learning and advancement. The ability to experience and explore the world and make connections through words is a precious gift which FOCUS shares through donations of books and learning materials.
Juvenile Court Book
Since 1996, JCBC provides students who are wards of Juvenile Court books to develop reading skills and encourage reading and friendship through sharing in Roundtable Discussion groups led by volunteers. The books are used as a springboard to talk of feelings, life challenges, etc. Teachers are working with the students on the books at three different sites, serving approx. 75 boys and girls. Upon discharge, teens are given a book bag with 3-4 books, information on library cards and locations of libraries, and how to apply to community colleges.
- Books for 4 months of Book Club meetings including novels and career guides.
Their Family Connections Program is designed to instill a joy of reading in children, at the same time it strengthens the connection between children and their incarcerated parents. The parent reads and discusses the book with the child over Skype or the phone. They had 3,190 participants last year, through the use of dedicated volunteers.
- Book packages (same book for parent and child) including pre-paid envelopes for children.
Encourages reading in children by going out into the community with Story Tents and books. Volunteers work with each child. Currently, the program continues virtually. Children earn Book Bucks for each book read, which they redeem for toys, games, etc.
- Assist in providing reading incentives by purchasing items from their wishlist.
Reading Literacy Learning
Non-profit organisation designed to promote literacy among all children in the county of San Diego. Their mission is to plant the seed of literacy in children by providing them with books in hopes that they start their own personal libraries. They host several “book parties” throughout the year at various locations: low income housing complexes, emergency shelters, Boys’ and Girls’ Clubs and neighbourhood parks — basically anywhere children are present.Traveling Stories: Encourages reading in children by going out into the community with Story Tents and books. Volunteers work with each child. Currently, the program continues virtually. Children earn Book Bucks for each book read, which they redeem for toys, games, etc.