Citizens Business Bank has awarded a $10,000 grant to Cabrillo Economic Development Corporation in support of its after-school Homework Club program for farmworkers and other low-income families.
“We are grateful to Citizens Business Bank for this grant that will enable us to continue providing the Homework Club program to students at our properties,” said Denise Bickerstaff, Director of Business Development and Administration at Cabrillo..”
The Cabrillo Homework Clubs are an after-school tutoring program that provides homework assistance and general academic help for farmworker and other low-income families. The clubs reinforce concepts and instruction from class, provide opportunities to learn and practice new skills, and support principles of youth development.
Cabrillo collaborates with California State University, Channel Islands, students to provide homework assistance at its on-property Homework Cubs in Oxnard and Ventura. This spring semester, 12 Chicano studies students assisted with Homework Club supervision and activities as part of their semester-long Service Learning Project. Students in additional CSUCI classes also volunteered time during the semester to assist with tutoring and activities.
With the assistance of donors and grants like the Citizens Business Bank grant, Cabrillo was able to expand the program from four sites to six in 2018.
“Cabrillo’s after-school Homework Clubs address the needs of our resident low-income youth that are having trouble with schoolwork and have no one at home to provide homework assistance,” said Bickerstaff.
According to the U.S. Department of Education, Hispanics have the highest high school dropout rate. Limited English proficiency, low educational attainment, and limited economic resources hinder many parents from engaging their children in early literacy activities that have been shown to be important for later academic success.
“The Homework Clubs are especially important to our farmworker families who want their children to do well in school but cannot afford the cost or have the transportation to get children to and from other after-school programs at an inconvenient location,” Bickerstaff said.