Cabrillo Economic Development Corporation offers homework clubs at four affordable housing properties that serve farmworkers and low-income families. These clubs provide a safe, secure after-school environment with homework assistance, tutoring, mentoring, and the opportunity to experience support and guidance that will help students achieve academically.
Some of our children struggle in school and have little or no support at home because of language or other barriers, but these clubs provide the assistance they and their parents need to succeed — students like Sixth-grader Bernardo Gaytan.
Gaytan says he likes Cabrillo’s Homework Club at Valle Naranjal Apartments in Piru because he receives individual help with his schoolwork from the tutors, and he’s receiving good grades. For his mother, Maria Gaytan, the assistance is invaluable because she does not speak English and cannot help her sons herself.
“One of my sons is in special education classes and requires extra assistance with reading out loud. The homework teacher has the patience and technique to help them better their reading and writing skills,” she said. “Of the two years they have attended homework club, my son is able to focus on homework and be less distracted than at the beginning. Because I do not speak or understand much English, I will sit next to him as a reminder to focus, but the teacher will help him pronounce the words to make sure he’s saying them correctly, ”
Homework Clubs are an integral part of the community at four Cabrillo properties.
- They play a vital role in the success of our resident youth
- Instill a love of reading
- Provide opportunities to develop stronger English language skills
- Reduce truancy and improve students’ success in school
We hope to expand these services to two additional properties and provide them year-round instead of just through the school year. A donation of $25 provides up to two hours of tutoring assistance at one of our homework clubs. Will you help these kids succeed?
How the clubs were developed:
The Homework Clubs have been developed in response to Cabrillo residents’ interests and needs that were identified by staff through surveys, focus groups, one-on-one interviews, and resident/community meetings. According to the parents, the children are having trouble with schoolwork and find it hard to concentrate at home and have no one to provide homework assistance. The parents are unable to help because both are working, are monolingual, and have a low level of education. In addition, due to their financial situation, the families often do not have enough money for school supplies or afterschool snacks.
Cabrillo’s resident population are households earning less than 80% of the Area Median Income for Ventura County. Our 3,900 residents are 95% Latino; 39% under the age of 18; and 39% Extremely Low Income, 39% Very Low Income and 17% Low Income. The homework clubs target the 500 school-age youth in six communities, four of which are primarily farmworker properties, and the other two are subsidized by housing vouchers. Three properties are located in the low-income census tracts of Oxnard, two in agricultural-adjacent areas of Ventura, and one in a farmworker community in Santa Paula. The homes are primarily Spanish speaking, with the children bilingual.
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