We created our Homework Enrichment Program (HEP) at the San José Family Shelter to address the educational barriers that children and youth who are experiencing homelessness confront.
These include a lack of quiet spaces where they can do homework, lack of access to computers, and the intense pressures that students’ parents are under, as they struggle to find work and housing. Left unaddressed, these barriers can block student success.
HEP keeps students on track by offering a structured and fun learning environment, devoted mentors, and ongoing personal attention to approximately 150 school children in grades K-12 each year. HEP provides creative opportunities that encourage students to think big and envision success at school and in life.
Our Program Model
Dedicated Learning Spaces
HEP offers students access to a dedicated homework room, a computer laboratory with 12 computers, a library, and an additional classroom every Monday through Friday evening, year-round.
HEP coaches students for success throughout the school year and keeps them engaged and intellectually stimulated during summer months.
Students receive academic assistance in core subjects and targeted skill development in key areas like time management, note taking, test taking, using technology, and research skills.
Many of the children we serve, who are at risk of dropping out or falling behind a grade level, receive intensive one-on-one instruction.
HEP engages 10 volunteers (age 18 or older) each night to serve our young clients. Student volunteers from local colleges and working adults collaborate intensively with children in specific areas of concentration.
We also partner with leading Silicon Valley organizations to deliver high-quality, fun educational and life skills programming to the students in HEP.