This holiday season, Books Beyond Bars is having a book drive!
For more than five years now, students and faculty at UCLA worked with the Los Angeles Probation Department and the Department of Mental Health to bring reading materials into the Barry J. Nidorf Juvenile Hall located in Sylmar, California.
With little resources available to these youth both inside and outside of the probation system, these books mean a great deal. We believe that these books serve many purposes, including building reading skills, cultivating reading for pleasure and reducing recidivism.
We are often told by the youth that they finish reading their first book in juvenile hall. We work to learn about their interests and bring in materials that reflect those interests. Nothing quite describes the feeling of providing a brand new copy of a coveted book title to a youth under these circumstances. We invite you to be a part of that.
Our efforts rely heavily on the support of like minded people in the community. We hope you will choose to help out during this holiday season and bring books and opportunities to detained youth. We also encourage you to share this giving opportunity with others.
To donate, please select titles from our Amazon Wish List: